The Blue Boar Inn is a popular Pub, Restaurant and B & B in the village of Mancetter a mile from the larger town of Atherstone. It appears on various censuses and is sometimes known locally as the Blue Pig.

Temporary Gallery While We Collect Our Own Photographs

Behind the facade of the relatively modern Blue Boar Inn lies a history of Highwaymen, horse drawn travel, robbery, danger and place names that give meaning to the English language. Atherstone & the Blue Boar were on the old A5 Roman Road - Watling Street - before a bypass took the traffic away from the narrow street that was home to the Blue Boar. Next door to the Blue Boar is a row of Victorian cottages but one of them is far older.  Actually on the old Watling it's name is Cold Arbor Cottage which in the 1850's was a toll cottage for collecting the fees for traffic using the road at that time.

Before that Atherstone was a staging place for changing horses for mail and travellers. However sometimes the traveller could not make it into Atherstone and because it was dangerous to linger on the roads there were safe houses where one could seek shelter & somewhere to stable horses but no hot food as indicated by the name Cold Arbor.  The Blue Boar is just yards away and it is believed that there was enough passing trade for someone to make a living serving food. 

In Heraldic terms the Boar was a symbol of courage, fierce fighter and good hospitality and the Blue Boar formed part of the Coat of Arms of the Earl of Oxford (De Vere family) and the White Boar was a symbol used by Richard III, perhaps white from the Yorkshire rose. We also believe that the colours in pub names would change to tow the political line of the time.

In the 1940's the modern version of the Blue Boar was built behind the old one which was then demolished - most likely a crime against our local history!  Nearer to Nuneaton, also on the A5 is the Roman named settlement of Caldecote which means the same as Cold Arbor, somewhere to stay but don't expect a hot meal.

Research by Val Pickard

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