Pub Names – J

The Jameson Arms
Church Road
The pub displays the Jameson family coat of arms on its inn sign, with the motto “Sine metu” – “Without fear”. The specific Jameson family connection to the area is uncertain.

The Jersey Arms³
Jersey Road
Named after the largest of the Channel Islands – the overseas dependencies of the United Kingdom, situated off the coast of Britanny and with significant maritime connections to Portsmouth.

The John Barleycorn¹
Commercial Road
see Barleycorn

The John Jacques
Fratton Road
Baron John Jacques was chief executive of the Portsea Island Mutual Co-Operative Society between 1945 and 1965. The pub is housed in a former Co-Op building.

The Joiners Arms¹
Blackfriars Road, Kilmiston Street and Upper Church Path
A popular pub name, particularly in urban areas. Referring to the Worshipful Company of Joiners and Ceilers, founded 1571 – the organisation of wood craftsmen.

The Jolly Sailor
Clarence Parade and Bath Square¹
A very popular pub name, especially in coastal towns, though also found inland. The attraction of an inn sign depicting a jovial mariner would be obvious to naval personnel of bygone years – a reliable indicator that sailors would be welcome within.

The Jolly Taxpayer
Eastbourne Road
Possibly unique in Britain. The name derives from the fact that an Inland Revenue office was once located nearby.

The Jordan Tavern¹
Chandos Street
Most likely a biblical reference to the River Jordan – a site of major significance in Christianity, being the location of Jesus’ baptism by John the Baptist.

The Jubilee Tavern³
Jubilee Terrace
The inn sign depicted a portrait of Queen Victoria and it is likely that the event being commemorated by the pub’s name would have been her silver jubilee of 1862, as the pub appears to have been named as such since at least 1867.

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