n.1.A stake or pole projecting from, or set up before, an alehouse, as a sign; an alepole. At the end was commonly suspended a garland, a bunch of leaves, or a "bush."
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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For example, a branch of greenery tied to a pole and placed outside a building would identify it as a tavern with the sign itself being referred to as an alestake or a 'bush'; hence perhaps the oldest known pub name; 'The Bush'.
These "alestakes' sometimes stuck out so far that passing riders struck their heads against them.