This was originally an early 17th century timber-framed building purposely built as an Inn. Now that timber-framed building is hidden underneath render and mock timber. The current frontage dates from the early 20th century but it also has an early 19th century extension at the rear.
It was called The Green Dragon in 1693 but had changed its name to The Angel by about 1781 and was finally re-named The Swan Hotel by 1786.
Twice a week there were horse-drawn coaches driving to London from the Hotel and from 1849 omnibuses ran from here to the local railway station.
In 1744 it was the meeting place for the Court Leet, which was the predecessor to the Magistrates court before becoming more of a civil administration service. From 1830, petty sessions for the Magistrates court were held at The Swan Hotel every alternate Wednesday up to 1848.
The Swan Hotel was open until fairly recently but is currently boarded up and waiting for a new Landlord or Landlady.
English Heritage granted it a Grade II listing on 13 April 1951.
Canon EOS 550D & 18-55mm kit lens
Exposure 1/60, Aperture f/11.0, ISO 200, Focal Length 25mm