Why is wetherspoons called wetherspoons

The JD bit is taken from JD 'Boss' Hogg – not one of the pigs in Animal Farm, but the sheriff in the US TV series The Dukes of Hazzard. Wetherspoon was the surname of a geography teacher Martin encountered at a New Zealand school, who not only assured the boy Martin that he would never amount to anything in business, but was a teetotaller.

The first Wetherspoon pub, a former bookies’, opens in Colney Hatch Lane, Muswell Hill, north London, on 9 December 1979. For the first month, it was called Martin’s Free House, but was renamed Wetherspoon’s early in the new year (1980).

Read more of the Wetherspoon history here.

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