"the landlord of the Ploughman's Arms"
The Boot Inn
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeThe Boot Inn - Credit: P L Chadwick

Generations ago, painted pictures and signs outside shops and public houses (pubs) were visual signposts to help illiterate people find their way around a town. The Ploughman's Arms would have had a picture of a ploughman, the "arms" originally referring to the heraldic coat of arms of the local titled landowner. The pub sign tradition exists to this day, although illustrated shop signs are not as common.