This was a popular sign for publicans of early beer houses for they were granted their licence during the reign of King William IV who was Monarch from 1830, the year the Beerhouse Act was passed, until his death in June 1837. The third son of George III and Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, William IV was also known as the Sailor King. Born in 1765, he married Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen in 1818. He served in the navy from the age of 13 until he was 25. In the following year, 1791, he began his long liaison with the actress Dorothea Jordan by whom he eventually had ten illegitimate children. The two children he had with his wife Adelaide both died in infancy. King William was succeeded by his niece, Victoria.
Catalogue Number : DPI 0102
Title : Bath - King William Inn Sign
Date : 19-01-2004
Source : Kodak DC4800
Maximum Dimensions : 1348 x 1536 Pixels
Resolution : 1200dpi
Maximum File Size : 1.64Mb