Globe Inn, Slaithwaite

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  • also known as: Quiet Woman, Silent Woman (current name)
  • location: Nabbs Lane, Slaithwaite
  • status: still exists
  • category: public house, beerhouse, inn, etc.

Originally known as the Quiet Woman[1], it had become the Globe Inn by the early 1850s (possibly even by the 1820s). It reverted to the Silent Woman in the 1970s.

Early Baptists reportedly met in the upper rooms of the inn before building a chapel at Pole Moor in 1790.[2]

The Silent Woman

"La femme féroce" © British Museum

Signage for pubs known as the Silent Woman or Quiet Woman typically feature a headless woman either carrying her own head or a tray of refreshments. It is also common for the signage to feature a rhyme or saying, with examples including: "Soft words turneth away wrath" (Quiet Woman, Earl Sterndale, Derbyshire), "Here is a woman who has lost her head, she's quiet now – you see she's dead" and "Since the woman is quiet, let no man breed a riot" (Silent Woman, Wareham, Dorset[3]). A variant of the name is "Fort Bone".[4]

A letter published in the Essex Standard (22/Jan/1868) suggested the name had French origins where it was a common tavern sign, as referenced in the 1825 print "La femme féroce" held by the British Museum.[5]

In his 1916 book, Old tavern signs: an excursion in the history of hospitality, Fritz Endell notes that variants of name were also common elsewhere in Europe, including Holland and Italy.[6]


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