In most of our cities, some few excepted, like Spanish loiterers, we live wholly by tippling-inns and alehouses.
Undoubtedly the eighteenth century found the need of a comfortable chair for club meetings at taverns and alehouses.
From a passage in Whimzies, or a new Cast of Characters, 1631, it would seem that signs in alehouses succeeded birch poles.
It is true that none of the country population could read or write; but the alehouses served as centers of news.
As for those country blockheads, whom I see in the woods or in the alehouses, do you think I care for them?
Their evenings are too often spent abroad at182 chair clubs, in alehouses, at the theatres, or in some gardens.
At Guildford all the alehouses were at one time required to exhibit a Woolpack as a token of the leading commodity in the town.
Alehouses abounded everywhere, known by a long pole surmounted by a tuft of foliage.
At Guildford, and some other cloth centres, the alehouses were required to exhibit a woolpack for a sign.
As the restrictions on travelling gradually disappeared many of the alehouses developed into inns.