Swan Hotel, Greengate Street, Stafford

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Date:1900 - 1909 (c.)

Description:Situated in Greengate, the Swan Hotel was originally built as two private town houses in the seventeenth century, joined by a central archway. The buildings were converted into a coaching inn in 1752 and a Georgian front was later added.

George Borrow described The Swan in the early nineteenth century as 'a place of infinite life and bustle', but by the middle of the century the advent of the railway had brought the Swan, like other coaching inns, into a decline. Charles Dickens stayed at the Swan at this time, when he found himself stranded between trains in Stafford; in contrast to Borrow he compared the inn to the extinct Dodo.

Beyond can be seen Shw's House and the Ancient High House.

Postcard published by W.H. Smith & Son, Stafford. Postmarked 17 August 1909.


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1900s
Ancient High House, Stafford
Ancient High House, Stafford

View of the Ancient High House on Greengate Street, built by Richard Dorrington ...

1930s
Greengate Street, Stafford
Greengate Street, Stafford

Looking down Greeengate Street from the Market Square. On the right is the Ancient ...

1950s
Shaw's House and Ancient High House, Stafford
Shaw's House and Ancient High House, Stafford

View from outside St. Chad's Church, looking north. On the left is Shaw's House ...

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Source: Mr Jake Whitehouse

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