Pub nicknames – The Barking Dickey

The Barking Dickey, Westlegate, Norwich
Barking Dickey

This was a 19th century pub originally called The Light Dragoon or Light Horseman.

It became known as The Barking Dickey, a Norfolk phrase for ‘singing donkey’, after the badly painted sign that looked more like a braying donkey than a horse and soldier!

It is one of only five remaining thatched houses in the city that survived the devastating fire of 1507.

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2 responses to “Pub nicknames – The Barking Dickey

  1. The former Dumfries Tavern in Chiswick End, Meldreth, Cambs was known as the “Dumb Flea”

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