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'Pig and Whistle' is one of the oldest British pub names, first know in England in 1655 and is as likely to come from “Olde England costume dramas” as are men in tights and buxom serving wenches.
The pig was not an animal. The name derives from the name of an earthenware pot or pitcher.
The Whistle part is attributed to the fact that serving wenches were obliged to whistle when they were sent to the cellars for pigs of beer, to prove that they weren't drinking the beer on the way back from the cellar.
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