4 Annotations

First Reading

Pauline  •  Link

from L&M Companion
(which lists three Swan Taverns: Dowgate, New Palace Yard, Old Fish St.)
Swan, Dowgate. Tavern on w. side of Dowgate Hill, south out of Cannon St to (Upper) Thames st, a few door south of the church of St John. Kept (at least 1641-66) by Thomas Cox, vintner. 12 hearths, 1666. Burnt in the Fire; still unbuilt in 1671 when a rebuilding lease was obtained.

vicenzo  •  Link

Swan (The), Old Fish Street
In Olde Fish Street, 18 and 27 Eliz. (Lond. I. p.m. III. 82).
Seems to have been near Distaff Lane, and probably on the northern side of the street, unless it is to be identified with the " Swanne on the Hoope" mentioned as the southeastern boundary of the Fish Market in Old Fish Street, in the Inquisition as to the limits of that market, 1 H. V. (Cal. L. Bk. I., set out in Riley's Mem. p. 598).
Burn has a tradesman's token of the "Swan Tavern" in Ould Fish Streete, issued 1649-72, and suggests that it is identical with this "Swan on the Hoop Tavern" mentioned in the Inquisition. He places it at the south-east corner of Old Fish Street at its junction with Bread Street, which would be its position if the market occupied the whole extent of the street, as is suggested in the Inquisition. He says it was destroyed in the Fire and rebuilt and mentioned as late as 1712 (p.143).

From: British History Online
Source: Swan (The), Old Fish Street. A Dictionary of London, Henry A Harben (1918).
URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/… tavern
Date: 25/03/2005

Second Reading

Terry Foreman  •  Link

As Fish Street runs north off London Bridge, the Hoop is just above Thames Street and N of St Magnus

Old Swan lane runs N into Thames Street in London, just W of Old Swan Stairs W of London Bridge in 1746.

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

Michael Mitchell marries Betty Howlett in 1666, and they become the owners of the Old Swan tavern which is (conveniently) close to the steps to the Thames frequently used by Pepys to find a boatman.

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