There are many pubs whose name is devoted to a real person, famous and not so famous. We take a look at 10 of them across the country.

1. The John Snow, Soho, London

Nothing to do with Game of Thrones or reading the news, this watering hole is named after the Victorian doctor who discovered the source of London's cholera epidemic. John traced the infection to Broad Street water pump, a replica of which now stands outside the pub.

 

2. The Martha Gunn Inn, Brighton, Sussex

Martha Gunn was the "Queen of the Dippers" – dippers being the women who operated 19th-century bathing machines, plunging the bathers in and out of the water. A favourite of the Prince of Wales, she became an unlikely celebrity, immortalised in Toby jugs and an engraving depicting her repelling the invading French with a broom.

 

3. Sexeys Arms, Blackford, Somerset

Young Hugh Sexey must have endured some ribbing in the playground, but it didn't hold him back – his CV included stints as a ploughboy, pirate, lawyer and royal auditor to Elizabeth I and James I.

 

4. The Old Doctor Butler's Head, Moorgate, London

 

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Pic: Ewan Munro

 

Another medic, and another figure from the court of King James. Court physician Dr William Butler was a renowned drunkard, and the inventor of the medicinal drink Dr Butler's Purging Ale. Made his name when he revived a clergyman from an opium-induced coma by slaughtering a cow and placing the parson in the "cowes warm belly". Pic credit: Ewan Munro

 

5. The Richmal Crompton, Bromley, Kent

This 'spoons is named after the local writer who penned the endless Just William series. We can't help thinking of the story when thanks to William's mischief, a professor
delivers a lecture on The Drinking Songs of Britain to the local temperance society,

 

6. Crocker's Folly, St John's Wood, London

Frank Crocker, the story goes, thought he had some inside info on the location of the new railway terminus. He ploughed his money into building this pub to serve the passengers, only to be ruined when the station was built half-a-mile away at Marylebone.

 

7. John Brunt VC, Paddock Wood, Kent

 

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Pic: MJ Roots

 

The only pub in the country to be named after a Victoria Cross holder. John Brunt was killed in the Second World War aged 22, the morning after leading a daring rearguard action to repel a Panzer tank division. From 1997 to 2001 the pub was known as The Hopping Hooden Horse, until the name was changed back following local outrage. Pic credit: MJ Roots

 

8. Nevison Inn, Leigh, Lancashire

Gentleman highwayman John "Wiiliam" Nevison supposedly escaped gaol by painting blue spots on his body, pretending to have died of the plague and getting an accomplice to pose as a doctor and carry him off in a coffin. He was finally hanged in 1684.

 

9. The Nell Gwynne Tavern, Covent Garden, London

 

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Pic: Ewan Munro

 

Local lass Nell is best known as the long-term mistress of Charles II. But she was also a trailblazer for working women, as one of Britain's first actresses. Pic credit: Ewan Munro

 

10. Mother Shipton Inn, Knaresborough, Yorkshire

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She was no looker, but soothsayer Ursula Southeil, aka Mother Shipton, was believed to be able to predict the future. Born in a cave, which is now a tourist attraction near the pub.

Pic: Tim Green