Pub Names – H

The Halfway House¹
Hertford Street
A once-popular pub name, notably in rural locations, referring to a place that provides refuge to travellers.

The Hand In Hand¹
St George’s Square
This name generally referred to the suggestion that a potential customer would find a friendly welcome within the pub.

The Harley Arms¹
Harley StreetLikely named to honour Robery Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford (1661-1724), senior Tory politician.

The Harp¹
Warwick Street and Lower Church Path
There are a various reasons for this name. Often a reference to Ireland, as the harp was adopted by King Henry VIII as a symbol on the Irish badge. It was later included on the royal arms by King James I. Pubs with a Welsh connection would include a Welsh harp on the inn sign.

The Harvest Home
Copnor Road
A fairly popular pub name, referring back to the festivals that were held at the end of a successful harvesting season.

The Havelock Tavern³
Crasswell Street
In honour of Major-General Sir Henry Havelock (1795-1857), British Army General with strong associations with India.

The Heart In Hand¹
Sussex Street
see Hat In Hand

The Hearts of Oak¹
Commerical Road, Unicorn Street and Marlborough Row
All three pubs with this name were sited close to the dockyard. The name refers to the centre of the tree trunk – timber once prized for the construction of naval ships. The phrase hearts of oak also refers to men of courage – of which the sailors of yesteryear certainly were.

The Hedingham Castle¹
Wingfield Street
Relating to the Essex family home of Tory MP James Henry Alexander Majendie (1871-1939), who represented the Portsmouth constituency from 1900-06. He was succeeded by John Baker, who himself is also remembered in the name of a Portsmouth pub.

Help The Lame Dog Over The Stile¹
Grigg Street (later St Paul’s Road)
This curious title is likely a derivative of other pub names such as Help Me Through This World or Help The Poor Struggler, being a phrase to suggest that ‘thus far I have managed to get here by my own exertion – now afford me a little aid to enable me to continue‘. The ‘little aid’ in this case would have been the liquid refreshment offered by the publican.

The Heroes of Waterloo¹
Meadow Street
A suggestion that victorious troops returning from the Battle of Waterloo stopped off in Portsmouth following their return to England. It is rumoured that the nearby town of Waterlooville was so called due to veterans settling in the area.

The Highbury Arms¹
Highbury Street
Named after the nearby Highbury Congregational Church, built with funds from – and by the minister of – Highbury College in North London.

The Hit Or Miss¹
Marylebone Street
Said to derive from a licensee’s comment on the randomness of a particular event, or even life in general.

The Hog’s Head (Hogshead)³
Guildhall Walk and Palmerston Road
A chain of pubs owned by the Laurel Pub Company (and before that, Whitbread). Many of these were originally named the Hogshead and were primarily real ale pubs. A hogshead is a 54 gallon beer cask.

The Hole In The Wall
Half Moon Street¹ and Great Southsea Street
There are various origins of this pub name, though none specific to this particular pub, which has only been open since 1998. A Hole In The Wall may have referred to gaps in the walls of condemned prisoners’ cells, through which a conversation could be held, or maybe at a debtors’ prison, allowing food to be passed to the inmate. Another reason may be that a pub with this name may be accessed primarily via a narrow passage from the street. The inn sign of the Great Southsea Street pub depicts a trio of sailors rushing to exit the dockyard from a narrow gap in the wall.

The Honest Politician
Elm Grove
A modern Portsmouth pub, but taking inspiration from other names of hostelries such as the Honest Lawyer. Inn signs tend to depict a gent with his severed head being held in his hand(s) – thus implying that the only honest lawyer – or in this case, politician – is either deceased or unable to speak. The Portsmouth pub has no inn sign.

The Hop Pole¹
Buckland Street
Relating to the wooden poles that hop plants were once trained up (as opposed to nowadays, where they are suspended on wires) – hops being a major ingredient of beer.

The Horseshoe¹
Kings Road
The horseshoe has long been a symbol of good luck and can often be found nailed to walls and fences. Significantly for the pub in Portsmouth, Lord Horatio Nelson was known to be a particularly superstitious man.

Elm Grove
Flemish for house – the name of Portsmouth’s Belgian beer bar on Elm Grove – pronounced ‘house’.

The Hyde Park Tavern¹
Hyde Park Road
Both the pub and the street on which it stood were named after London’s Hyde Park, in the City of Westminster.

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