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nordmann
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PostSubject: Forget Richard III - we've found his pub!   Tue 05 Feb 2013, 15:04

Amidst all the kerfuffle about "that" car park attendant this little gem seems to have failed to get the attention it deserves. Prior to his fateful meeting with Henry Tudor at Bosworth, Richard is said to have spent his last night on earth as any proud English man should - down at the local. In his case it was the Blue Boar Inn in Leicester, the site on Highcross Street now home to a Travelodge, and which local legend claims was actually called The White Boar at the time, the white boar being one of Richard's emblems. The landlord, on hearing the news from the battlefield, is said to have done a hasty paint job on the sign outside and the Blue Boar was born. It became a notable tourist venue in its own right over the centuries thanks to this royal connection but by 1836 had become almost derelict and it was decided to demolish it.



Fortunately for posterity a local architect Henry Goddard made detailed studies of the timbers in the pub before this act of sacrilege and these drawings, contained in a personal notebook, remained in the Goddard family after his death.

Richard Buckley - who has played a leading role in the team who found the skeleton now being claimed as Richard's - has also enrolled the architect Steffan Davies to employ his considerable CAD skills in recreating, thanks to this incredibly detailed information from Goddard, this ancient landmark. A film of his progress as of mid-December 2012 can be seen below.



It is important to note of course that much of the association between Richard and the Blue Boar is based on folklore - while an inn did exist on the site the documentary and archaeological evidence has not as yet established that Richard and the inn as described by Goddard ever existed at the same time.
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PostSubject: Re: Forget Richard III - we've found his pub!   Tue 05 Feb 2013, 15:23

I would love to see the CGI show the landlord running out with his tin of blue paint and a ladder.
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PostSubject: Re: Forget Richard III - we've found his pub!   Tue 05 Feb 2013, 16:18

And there are other Blue Boar pubs . One near here is late 14th - so must have had another name but a few years on it was The Blue Boar - for our wedding reception, anyway. Hedging its bets during the Roses unheavals the town also had a Warwick Arms.
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