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(alcohol) History Lesson of the Day

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This post is thanks to my friend Holly Jo!

There is an old Hotel/Pub in Marble Arch, London which used to have gallows adjacent. Prisoners were taken to the gallows (after a fair trial of course) to be hung. The horse drawn dray, carting the prisoner was accompanied by an armed guard, who would stop the dray outside the pub and ask the prisoner if he would like ”ONE LAST DRINK”.

If he said YES it was referred to as “ONE FOR THE ROAD

If he declined, that prisoner was “ON THE WAGON

So there you go.

Have a great weekend!

Also:
Most people seem to have some idea of what “Watch your P’s and Q’s” means, but I didn’t know where it came from for most of my life.

In pubs, they had chalkboards where they would keep track of how many Pints and Quarts of ale each patron consumed!

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