New inn sign is causing curiosity on Crowborough social media

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A ‘sprouting’ pub sign outside a refurbished pub in Crowborough is intriguing townspeople.

The new Wetherspoons pub, The Crowborough Cross, opens to the public on January 27.

But improvements inside and outside are well advanced and the new pub sign is already in position. It depicts a spiky three-dimensional plant.

Curiosity about the significance of the plant has exploded onto social media. Several ‘tweeters’ say they believe the sign depicts gorse bushes and other believe it is to do with the pub’s proximity to the Ashdown Forest.

Wetherspoon’s historians say the gorse bush idea is right. They point out the name Crowborough is associated with both plants and its rural location. The word ‘Croh’ means saffron or golden yellow and ‘berg’ is a hill or mound. They say that gorse used to grow profusely around the town and the inn-sign aims to reflect that.