This object was once seen hanging above the main door of the Black Dog pub in Portsmouth. The large ceramic sign dates back to 1899. The pub was located on 263 Arundel Street until it was closed and demolished in 1969.
A new pub called the Black Dog was built shortly afterwards just yards from the original site. After several name changes it was eventually demolished in 2002 to make way for housing.
For Portsmouth, with large numbers of military forces and sailors as well as holiday-makers, pubs have always featured prominently as a local industry and part of social life.
The pubs were often associated with local or national political and social campaigns. They were sometimes places to recruit men for the armed forces. They could also be known as sites of gambling and raucous behaviour.
The first brewery in Portsmouth was built in 1492.
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