Alternative forms Edit
( ale post plural ) ale posts
A post displaying a pub sign; an
1808, Joseph Hall, Works.
O honor, farre beyond a brazen shrine,
To sit with Tarleton on an
ale post's signe
1957, Alfred Edgar Coppard, It's Me, O Lord!.
I believe it was the George the Something or other, although I feel sure that no monarch of any era would have felt at home in the neighbourhood or been gratified by the
alepost's honourable mention of him.
1991, Simone Zelitch, The Confession of Jack Straw, ISBN 0930773179.
I looked for the
alepost of the Fighting Cock, and found none.
Usage notes Edit
Many nineteenth century dictionaries and wordlists define
ale post as a maypole. This is an error which originated in Thomas Speght's and was copied by others. Life of Chaucer 
^ Walter William Skeat, Chaucer's Works, notes on the prologue to the Cantebury Tales.