In the last ABC Wednesday series, I featured The Old Thirteenth Cheshire Astley Volunteer Rifleman Corps Inn in Stalybridge which has the longest pub name in Britain, but the town also boasts the shortest.
The Q Inn on Market Street and photographed left has a Blue Plaque in recognition of the fact that it is certified by the Guinness Book of Records 1995 as having the shortest pub name in the United Kingdom.
As far as I know, it still holds the record as it is all but impossible to get any shorter, although there is a here is a “pub with no name” in Southover Street, Brighton if you want to argue semantics.
But other than that, there is nothing particularly remarkable about the Q Inn for me to write about. Fortunately, there are lots of other pubs beginning with Q when it includes the word Queen.
I believe it gave its name to the Queen Adelaide Reservoir which was on the other side of the road, although it might have been the other way round.
Built in the late 1860s, the reservoir has long since disappeared to be replaced by Sam Redfern Green which I also featured last year.
The queen in question was Adelaide of Saxe Meiningen, queen consort of William IV. She was much loved by the British people for her modesty, although this didn’t extend to having places named after her apparently.
The most notable place, of course, is the city of Adelaide. To think that Captain William Light should choose to name the capital city of South Australia in honour of a pub and a reservoir in Gee Cross.