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The Sign of the Angel, Lacock

The Sign of the Angel, Lacock Date Photo Taken 2003
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An exceptionally fine fronted late 15th century house, said to have been built in 1480. On the first floor there is a Tudor arched fireplace and panelling dated 1639. The building has been both a private house and an inn at various times in its history and in the 19th century the parish vestry meetings were held here. The name could come from an English gold coin called an angel, because it had a picture of St. Michael the Archangel on one side, that was worth between 6 shillings and eightpence (about 33p) and 10 shillings (50p). A more likely explanation might be that the sign was originally a nun, a common inn sign near the establishment of an abbess, and after the dissolution, from 1540 onwards, the image of the nun on the sign became an angel in the public perception.


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