Here’s the Swan Inn, that closed around 1908, and was located on the corner of Old Swan Yard.
Further up the road is the Old Swan Ale House, which pre-dated this and ceased trading by 1867.
Whether they were trading at the same time is unclear. Both buildings still exist, though altered.
It’s common for places in England to have several pubs with similar names.
It’s unknown exactly where The Swan name originates, but could be a royal connection to Henry VIIIs 4th wife, Anne of Cleves – it may also be connected to business transactions.
In Carshalton, with all its water – it could simply relate to lots of actual swans being nearby.
Out of interest here’s a list of the Top 10 most common pub names in the UK, and the amount of pubs. The Swan is at number 6.
- Red Lion – 548
- Crown – 491
- Royal Oak – 426
- White Hart – 314
- Plough – 293
- Swan – 287
- Railway – 285
- White Horse – 281
- Kings Arms – 243
- Ship – 241
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