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Swan with Two Necks, 41 Gresham Street, Cheapside, St Lawrence Jewry, City of London

St Lawrence Jewry pub history index

Lad Lane becomes part of Gresham Street, through road renaming about 1851;  This inn was present by 1630 and had closed by 1867 – it is now long-demolished. **

A quote from the British Almanac of 1862 which carries a section about recent architecture:
"One of the most remarkable recent buildings in the City for its size and constructive features occupies the site of the well-known Swan-with-Two-Necks, in Gresham Street. It is built for Messrs. Chaplin and Horne, the railway carriers, and has a frontage of nearly 100 feet, a depth of 150 feet, and a height of 64 feet above the pavement, while beneath are warehouses and extensive stabling."
It mentions the architect of the new building as W Tite, (William Tite who did the Royal Exchange still lording it over the Bank of England corner). ***

A listing of historical London public houses, Taverns, Inns, Beer Houses and Hotels in  St Lawrence Jewry  parish, City of London. The St Lawrence Jewry, City of London Public House Trade Directory uses information from census, Trade Directories and History to add licensees, bar staff, Lodgers and Visitors.

Swan with Two Necks, Lad Lane, Cheapside - circa early 1800s

Swan with Two Necks, Lad Lane, Cheapside - circa early 1800s

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The following entries are in this format:

Year/Publican or other Resident/Relationship to Head and or Occupation/Age/Where Born/Source.

The Swan with Two Necks, Lad lane was a very important stagecoach inn, and there are also a considerable number of entries at the Old Bailey online site,  many from the 1760s

1752/John Booth/Porter/../../old bailey online, 5 August 2007 ****

1777/Thomas Wilson, Francis Lee & Elizabeth Clapham/../../../old bailey online, 5 August 2007 ****

1777/Joseph Worsop/Servant/../../old bailey online, 5 August 2007 ****

1779/Elizabeth Clapham/co-proprietor/../../old bailey online, 5 August 2007 ****

1780/John Heley/../../../old bailey online, 5 August 2007 ****

1784/James Farrell/Head waiter/../../old bailey online, 5 August 2007 ****

1791/Mr Brewer/../../../Proceedings of the Old Bailey **

1794/Thomas Smith/Head Hostler/../../old bailey online, 5 August 2007 ****

1800/James Brewer/../../../old bailey online, 5 August 2007 ****

1800/James Silsoe/Chamberlain/../../old bailey online, 5 August 2007 ****

1800/John Berry/Servant/../../old bailey online, 5 August 2007 ****

1801/Thomas Brewer/../../../old bailey online, 5 August 2007 ****

1801/Susannah Johns/Barmaid/../../old bailey online, 5 August 2007 ****

1802/James Simpson/../../../Sun Fire Office records, held at Guildhall Library **

1804/Messrs Simpson & Williams / Innholders /../../../Sun Fire Office records, held at Guildhall Library **

1804/Mr Brewer/../../../old bailey online, 5 August 2007 ****

1805/Messrs Wilson & Waterhouse/../../../old bailey online, 5 August 2007 ****

1806/James Gilpas/Porter/../../old bailey online, 5 August 2007 ****

1808/Thomas How/employee/../../old bailey online, 5 August 2007 ****

1808/William Williams/../../../old bailey online, 5 August 2007 ****

1808/Frederick Polman/Waiter/../../old bailey online, 5 August 2007 ****

1810/William Waterhouse / Coachmaster //../../../Sun Fire Office records, held at Guildhall Library **

1810/Robert Couch/Porter/../../old bailey online, 5 August 2007 ****

1811/Samuel Perry/Clerk/../../old bailey online, 5 August 2007 ****

1818/William Kingsford/../../../old bailey online, 5 August 2007 ****

1820/Thomas Elliott/Porter/../../old bailey online, 5 August 2007 ****

1820/Samuel Crouch/Porter/../../old bailey online, 5 August 2007 ****

1821/Mr Waterhouse/../../../Proceedings of the Old Bailey **

1822/William Kingsford/../../../old bailey online, 5 August 2007 ****

1822/William Kingsford/../../../Hotels, Taverns & Coffee Houses ****

1824/Mr William Waterhouse/Coach Master/../../old bailey online, 5 August 2007 ****

1825/Mr Kingsford/../../../Licensed Victuallers Association ****

1826/Joseph & William Waterhouse/../../../old bailey online, 5 August 2007 ****

1827/William Kingsford/Swan, Lad lane/../../Licensed Victuallers Association ****

1831/William Chaplin / Innholder /../../../Sun Fire Office records, held at Guildhall Library **

1832/William Chaplin / Innholder /../../../Sun Fire Office records, held at Guildhall Library **

1835/William Chaplin/../../../Innholder ** & John Marks Urbain/../../../Waiter ** –/../../../Sun Fire Office records, held at Guildhall Library **

1839/William Chaplin / Innholder /../../../Sun Fire Office records, held at Guildhall Library **

1839/William Chaplain junior/../../../Tap **/../../../Pigot’s Directory **

1841/William Chaplin jun/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1843/William Chaplin jun/../../../Kellys Directory ****

1848/William Chaplin/Railway Office, Spread Eagle, 84 Gracechurch Street; Swan with 2 Necks, Lad Lane; White Horse, 90 Fetter Lane; Universal Office, Regent Circus, & Angel, St Clements/../../../Post Office Directory ****

February 1848/William James Chaplin/Outgoing Licensee/../../Era ****

February 1848/Thomas Dewey/Incoming Licensee/../../Era ****

1851/William Jas Chaplin & Hen Worthy Horne/wharfingers & general railway Carriers & agents to all the Railway Companies, Hambro wharf, 68 1/2 Upper Thames Street; Swan with 2 Necks, 10 gresham Street; Cross Keys, 129 Wood Street; Spread Eagle, Gracechurch Street; Bolt in Tun, Fleet Street; George & Blue Boar, Holborn, Regents Circus, Piccadilly; Golden Cross, Charing Cross; Griffins Green Man, oxford Street, Jolleys Warehouse, 13 Aldergate Street & Camden Station, Camden Town/../../../Kellys Directory ****

1851/Thomas Dewey/../../../Kellys Directory ****

1851/Thomas Dewey/Victualler/48/Cheshunt, Herst/Census ****
1851/Mary Dewey/Wife/40/Martham, Norfolk/Census
1851/Elizabeth Corherider/Mother in Law, Widow/60/Reedham, Norfolk/Census
1851/Charlotte Griffiths/Barmaid/25/London/Census
1851/Mary Mepham/Servant, Widow/40/Tunbridge Wells, Kent/Census
1851/William Davis/Servant/15/Kent Road, Middlesex/Census

March 1854/Thomas Dewey, deceased/Outgoing Licensee/../../Era ****

March 1854/Mary Dewey, widow and administratrix of Thomas Dewey/Incoming Licensee/../../Era ****

1856/Mrs Mary Dewey/../../../Post Office Directory ****

The Swan & Two Necks appears to have disappeared by 1861 census, and certainly by the time of the 1869 Trade Directory. Nearby, in 1869 at 44 Gresham Street is the Receiving Office for Goods for the Great Eastern, London & South Western, South Eastern, London, Brighton & South Coast & London, Chatham & Dover Railway Companies. This suggests that the railway has taken over the carrier business.


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**** Provided By Kevan

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