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27 / 29/ 31 Station Road Swavesey

31 Station Road, Church End, High Street, Swavesey, The Merchant’s House, The Swan, The Swan with Two Necks

History of 31 - 32 Station Road

Listed Building:

House. C16 with early C18 alterations. Exposed timber frame and plastered walls cased in local gault brick. Plain tile hipped roof. Rear stack. Two storeys with rear wing. Brick band and plinth. Two panelled doors and two ground floor sixteen-paned hung sash windows in segmental brick arches, four similar first floor windows. The house was formerly The Swan Inn.

c1777-1917: The Swan [with Two Necks]

1841 (High Street)

Berry Dodson, 35, publican





Mary Rigault, 15, servant

1851 (Church Street)

Berry Dodson, 44, butcher, b Swavesey

[Berry Dodson was the licensee of the Swan 1851/52]

Dinah, 35, b Swavesey

James, 15, pupil teacher, b Swavesey

Naomi, 13, b Swavesey

Sophia, 11, b Swavesey

Berry, 8, b Swavesey

Ann, 5ms, b Swavesey

1861 (Swan Inn)

Jesse Warrington, 35, ag.lab. and publican, b Swavesey


Charles, 7, b Swavesey

Edward, 5, b Swavesey

1871 (Swan High Street)

Jesse Warrington, 44, gardener and publican, b Swavesey

Elizabeth, 48, gardener’s wife, b Norfolk

Edward, 13, b Swavesey

Frederick Sutton, boarder, 17, farm labourer, b Swavesey

1872 29 Jun: Cambridge Chronicle: reported that Jesse Warrington gardener Swavesey charged by P C Martin with allowing a mare to stray on the highway on 11th. Fined 5s and costs 14s 6d.

1872 12 Oct Cambridge Chronicle: reported that James Neale, 50, a piano tuner from Lynn was charged with several thefts including a pair of boots value 10s at Swavesey on 15th April, property of Jesse Warrington publican. He had lodged at the Swan  and when he left the boots were missed. The boots he was wearing when apprehended were sworn to be the same.

9.12.1876: Cambridge Independent Press: inquest held into death of Sarah Martin from aploplexy at The Swan with Two Necks.

20.12.1879: Cambridge Independent Press: inquest held into death of Ellen Dring aged 35 from phthisis

[public houses were often used for inquests and court proceeding]

1881 (16 Church End)

Jonas Thorp, 49, licensed victualler and butcher

[In 1871 Jonas Thorp is a butcher at High Street Swavesey]


Kate, 12, b Swavesey

Annie, 11, b Swavesey

Clara, 10, b Swavesey

1891 (9 Church End The Swan)

Jonas Thorp, 59, publican and butcher, b Swavesey

Elizabeth A, 55, b Essex

Clara, 20, b Swavesey

1901 (Church End – The Swan with Two Necks)

Elizabeth Thorp, widow, 65, innkeeper, b Essex

Clara, 30

1911 The Swan, Station Road

John Smith, 40, innkeeper, b Boxworth

Minnie, 32, b Oxford

Violet, 7

George, 1 m.

7/3/1913: Cambridge Independent Press: pub was mentioned in the report of the disastrous fire in Swavesey:

The Swan With Two Necks publichouse was saved, with the adjoining house occupied Mrs. Godfrey, but two and plaster cottages tenanted by Mrs Howlett; and Mr. W. Cain were wiped out. A tremendous blaze raged at this point, near the Swan pond, and the backs of the houses particular were devoured with marvellous speed.

Church End, Swavesey. On left St Fabians (white house) and Swan with Two Necks pub. On right, two thatched cottages destroyed and only chimney left (Alan Lee Swavesey collection)

12.4.1918: transfer of licence from John Dickens to R Goodlife

26.7.1918: report that pub had been closed for 10 months.


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