The Royal Standard public house, situated just north of the West Gate on Western Esplanade, was built as a private residence c.1810, and did not become a public house until 1866. In the early 19th century it was owned by Betty Craven, the Margravine of Anspach, although she never lived there (it is often stated erroneously that she did). The Margravine lived at Anspach House on West Quay, which burned down in 1870. The street sign Anspach Place on the outside wall of the pub is a reminder of the building's original owner. It is Grade II listed.

Royal Standard Public House

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Royal Standard. Photograph, c.2005.


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