Historical Raglan pub to ditch ‘Lord’By Victoria Smith
April 20, 2012
Campaigning historians have called for a town centre pub to retain its full name because it pays tribute to a Crimean war hero.
The Lord Raglan pub, in Denmark Street, Wokingham, has applied for permission to install new signs, with a change of name to The Raglan, around the listed building.
However, the proposal has sparked an objection from The Wokingham Society, which is concerned about the change of colour on the signs and the loss of the word ‘Lord’ from the name.
Hazel Guile, a member of the society, said: “Historically retaining signage and logo is part of the building’s identity within the town.
“Traditional pubs should retain their given name, but more and more are being lost as breweries attempt to modernise and update their premises without appreciating the historical background.
“The word ‘Lord’ has been removed from the pub sign when it has a link to the pub’s origins.
“This pub was named after Lord Raglan, a famous cavalry commander, following the Crimean War.
“He also invented the loose style of jumper called the Raglan sleeve.
“It is felt that the name should be retained in full.”
She added that the new colours, which include a dark mushroom, are “depressing and do not enhance the building”.
In plans submitted to Wokingham Borough Council, the Great Little Pub Company, which owns The Lord Raglan, says the existing signs are damaged and need to be replaced to prevent damage to the building.
Grey Sergeant, managing director of the Great Little Pub Company, said the company wanted to blend the pub’s tradition with the refurbishment of the inside of the building.
He said: “I have had the business for 10 years and everyone within Wokingham refers to the pub as The Raglan.
“As everyone knows it as The Raglan, moving the name to The Raglan Pub and Kitchen is more what people recognise it as. It is an opportunity to do that.
“We’ve had a major refurbishment inside and we need to match that to a refurbishment of the outside.”
The Lord Raglan building was originally three cottages in the early 19th Century and became a beer house in 1838. It is one of several Wokingham pubs names to commemorate the Crimean War. The name was first recorded in 1859.
The deadline for comments on the plan is Wednesday, May 2.