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Bluebells and Blue Bells

Posted on by royvickery |

Recently Plant-lore Archive has recieved the material which Franklyn Perring, then President of the Botanical Society of the British Isles, collected in the 1990s when making a survey of pubs with the name Bluebell or Blue Bell, the bluebell (Hyacinthoides nonscripta) being the Society’s emblem. His material includes notes from correspondents, lists and photographs of such pubs, and a draft distribution map.
It was found that there was ‘a very large concentration’ of Blue Bell or Bluebell pubs in ‘the East Midlands counties of Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire with extensions to the Pontefract area of West Yorkshire, none could be found in Somerset, Dorset and Bristol area.’

‘The Blue Bell at Maxey [Northamptonshire] … with bluebells in a delightftul woodland setting: it was painted 17 years ago and needs restoration. There is a blue bell on the other side.’
Current, greatly stylised, logo of the BSBI.

Edited 24 March 2018.

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