Old Swan

Pub/bar in/near City of London, existing until 1945

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Pub/bar · City of London · EC4R ·
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2021

The Old Swan Inn was one of the most well-known in the City of London.

It was also known as ‘Old Swan Tavern’, the earliest mention being in the 1360s.

The Old Swan stood next to Old Swan Stairs which were situated at the southern end of Old Swan Lane. Around 1632 it was described as "The Swan in Thames Street that doe sell Rhenish Wine".

The inn was destroyed on Sunday 2 September 1666 in the Great Fire and later rebuilt.

From 1716 the Old Swan was the starting point on the Thames for the Doggett’s Coat and Badge Race, the oldest sculling race in the world. Men who were just out of their apprenticeship as watermen competed to row from opposite the site of the Old Swan Inn to Chelsea (also now demolished) - a distance of four and a half miles. The race was founded by Thomas Doggett in 1715 and was always held on 1 August. Single oarsmen would row against the tide. When the Chelsea Swan moved in 1780 downstream of the Physic Garden, so too did the finish of the race.


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Added: 20 Sep 2020 13:01 GMT   

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On 1 January 1659, Samuel Pepys started his famous daily diary and maintained it for ten years. The diary has become perhaps the most extensive source of information on this critical period of English history. Pepys never considered that his diary would be read by others. The original diary consisted of six volumes written in Shelton shorthand, which he had learned as an undergraduate on scholarship at Magdalene College, Cambridge. This shorthand was introduced in 1626, and was the same system Isaac Newton used when writing.

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Graham O’Connell   
Added: 10 Apr 2021 10:24 GMT   

Lloyd & Sons, Tin Box Manufacturers (1859 - 1982)
A Lloyd & Sons occupied the wharf (now known as Lloyds Wharf, Mill Street) from the mid 19th Century to the late 20th Century. Best known for making tin boxes they also produced a range of things from petrol canisters to collecting tins. They won a notorious libel case in 1915 when a local councillor criticised the working conditions which, in fairness, weren’t great. There was a major fire here in 1929 but the company survived at least until 1982 and probably a year or two after that.

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Added: 26 Sep 2021 13:38 GMT   

Mothers birth place
Number 5 Whites Row which was built in around 1736 and still standing was the premises my now 93 year old mother was born in, her name at birth was Hilda Evelyne Shaw,

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Added: 15 Oct 2021 22:23 GMT   

Margaret’s address when she married in 1938
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Old Nichol Street, E2
Information about my grandfather’s tobacconist shop

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Blackfriars (1959 - 1965)
I lived in Upper Ground from 1959 to 1964 I was 6 years old my parents Vince and Kitty run the Pub The Angel on the corner of Upper Ground and Bodies Bridge. I remember the ceiling of the cellar was very low and almost stretched the length of Bodies Bridge. The underground trains run directly underneath the pub. If you were down in the cellar when a train was coming it was quite frightening

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Boundary Estate
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Tom   
Added: 21 May 2021 23:07 GMT   

Blackfriars
What is, or was, Bodies Bridge?

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Liverpool Street
the Bishopsgate station has existed since 1840 as a passenger station, but does not appear in the site’s cartography. Evidently, the 1860 map is in fact much earlier than that date.

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correction
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All Bar One
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Added: 9 Aug 2022 19:01 GMT   

Ely place existed in name in 1857
On 7th July 1857 John James Chase and Mary Ann Weekes were married at St John the Baptist Hoxton, he of full age and she a minor. Both parties list their place of residence as Ely Place, yet according to other information, this street was not named until 1861. He was a bricklayer, she had no occupation listed, but both were literate and able to sign their names on their marriage certificate.

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Reginald John Gregory   
Added: 8 Aug 2022 14:07 GMT   

Worked in the vicinity of my ancestor’s house,
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Added: 27 Jul 2022 19:41 GMT   

Highbury Corner V1 Explosion
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The Square & Ashmore park
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Henry James Hirst
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Added: 12 Jul 2022 21:36 GMT   

Elgin Crescent, W11
Richard Laitner (1955-1983), a barrister training to be a doctor at UCL, lived here in 1983. He was murdered aged 28 with both his parents after attending his sister’s wedding in Sheffield in 1983. The Richard Laitner Memorial Fund maintains bursaries in his memory at UCL Medical School

Source: Ancestry Library Edition

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Source: THE CHEATERS: Episode Index

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Unknown as yet This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Unknown as yet This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Vinopolis city of wine This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
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Bank station
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Postal area SE1
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Hopton Street, Borough, 1977.
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Bank station
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"Cheapside and Bow Church" engraved by W. Albutt (1837) First published in The History of London: Illustrated by Views in London and Westminster. Steel engraved print after a picture by T.H. Shepherd.
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Georg Giese from Danzig, 34-year-old German merchant at the Steelyard, painted in London by Hans Holbein in 1532
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Walbrook Wharf is an operating freight wharf located in the City of London adjacent to Cannon Street station.
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Southwark Cathedral
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The Church of All Hallows Lombard Street as seen from Ball Alley in the 1820s. All Hallows was a rare City of London church not demolished due to the Great Fire or the Blitz but to falling attendances. Taken from ’The Churches of London’ by George Godwin (1839)
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The Shard, taken from the Sky Garden on top of the ’Walkie-Talkie’ (2015)
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Adelaide House from above
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Anchor Terrace, SE1 A large symmetrical building on Southwark Bridge Road, Anchor Terrace was built in 1834 for senior employees of the nearby Anchor Brewery. The building was converted into luxury flats in the late 1990s.
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Ayres Street
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