Carpenters Arms

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One of many Carpenters Arms pubs located in the United Kingdom. This one in London.

Carpenters Arms is a common British pub name.

The Carpenters Arms are today an unrelated series of public houses informally referred to as "Pubs" within the United Kingdom. Historically the first such named "Carpenter Arms" was based on a forfeit Carpenter Coat of Arms patent and supported by the Ale or beer producers circa 1721. The Alehouses helped create the "Public Houses" - the first true British Pubs in an effort to appeal to a wider audience and gain greater acceptance. Prior to this the pubs (not taverns) appealed to local tastes and often were the fronts of actual homes. These were rather ramshackled affairs appealing to occupational men.[1][2]

The occupational crafts such as carpenters (once called wrights then woodwrights in England), bricklayers, stonemasons, masons, et cetera were intended to attract those local working men. During the Victorian architecture building of the Victorian Age of 1837-1901 many pubs were ungraded and added "Arms" to their names as a claim to higher status.[1][2]

Over time, many "Carpenter Arms" were converted into other businesses and even private homes. Some establishments date from the 1600s and others reside in more modern buildings. Over seventy five (75) taverns, pubs and such have been identified as having or once having the name Carpenter Arms. See: List

A rehabilitation centre for men and a registered English charity, on Wharncliffe Road, Loughborough in Leicestershire, is also called The Carpenter's Arms. The name is a dual reference to the hotel/pub context and the arms of The Carpenter.[3]

Name conflict[edit]

The historic named "Carpenter Arms" started to be used after a forfeit of title by Baron Carpenter in 1719. When the Carpenter Arms were re-patented, this caused a legal conflict with the Alehouse pubs called "Carpenter Arms." The English courts determined in a series of rulings from 1725 to 1734 that the business use in England of Carpenters Arms and similar Arms could continue, provided they did not display the full arms issued by patent such as the supporters, motto and crest. In addition, they could not claim patronage in any way to the Arms unless given by contract.[4]

Car cricket[edit]

The "Carpenter Arms" are on traditional lists of Car cricket, also known as pub cricket, a car game played in the United Kingdom and other countries with a sufficient number of suitably named pubs.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "A History of Britain in its Pub Signs, Part I". Retrieved 2010-07-08. 
  2. ^ a b "Time Gentlemen Please! - News and Features - Ratebeer". Retrieved 2010-07-08. 
  3. ^ "The Carpenter Arms". The Carpenter’s Arms (Midlands) Trust Charity No. 1147791. Retrieved 2014-01-19. 
  4. ^ Historical Manuscripts Commission, UK National Register of Archives, George Carpenter (1657-1732) 1st Baron Carpenter Lieutenant General, Court cases regarding Arms,
  5. ^ * AA Book of the Road, UK edition, 1971

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