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Red Lion

Pubs with animal names such as The Lion generally refer to hunting. When combined with colours, eg. The Red Lion, this usually refers to heraldry. A red lion was on the badge of John of Gaunt, for example, and is one of the most common charges in coats of arms. Therefore the Red Lion as a pub name probably has multiple origins which might explain its prevalence.

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