Page Updated:- Wednesday, 18 September, 2019.


Earliest 1770-


Closed 2014

High Street


Swan 1900

Above photo, 1900, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Swan Inn

Above photo of a pub showing the Swan Inn, unknown date, kindly sent by Peter Moynahan.

Swan 1906

Above postcard, circa 1906, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Swan 1912

Above postcard, 1912, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Swan 2009

Above image from Google 2009.

Swan 2016

Above image from Google, August 2009.

Swan 2017

Above photo, November 2017, by Rory Kehoe.

Swan sign 1986Swan sign 1991

Above sign left, September 1986, sign right, July 1991.

Swan sign July 1991Swan sign 1995

Above sign left, July 1991, sign right, June 1995.

With thanks from Brian Curtis


Kentish Gazette 17 April 1770.

On Wednesday last the farmers, tradesmen, and inhabitants in general of Sturry, met at the "Swan Inn," to celebrate the releasement of John Wilkes, Esq; 45 gallons of punch were given away to the populace, an exhibition of fireworks was played off, many loyal toasts were dranks, and every demonstration of joy was shewn by the company present, which consisted of two hundred people.


From the Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal 07 September 1819.

Valuable Brewery free public houses and other Estates to be sold by auction by Mrs white without reserve.

Lot 15. A Messuage called the "Swan," with the stable, yard, garden and appurtenances, situate at Sturry, in the said county, and now in the occupation of Henry Hills.


Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser, Tuesday 12 June 1849.


Important sale of the extensive Brewery of Messr's Flint, including 30 old established Inns and Public Houses, and other valuable property.

Mr. V. J., has received instructions to sell by auction, at the "Fountain Hotel," Canterbury, on Tuesday and Wednesday, 26th and 27th of June, at 12 o'clock each day, (in consequence of the death of the senior acting partner and the retirement of the surviving partners,) the valuable property known as Messrs. Flint's Brewery, in Stour Street, Canterbury, and the Inns, Public Houses, and other valuable property connected with theirwith. The first day sale on Tuesday, 26th June, 1849, will comprise the following property in and near the city.

Public houses.

Lot 1. The "City of Canterbury," situate on the road to Whitstable. Freehold.

Lot 2. The "George and Dragon," Westgate without, leasehold under Hind's charity for 17 years unexpired.

Lot 3. The "Three Compasses," Westgate within. Freehold.

Lot 4. The "Bell Inn" and Coach Office, in the High Street. Freehold.

Lot 5. The "Prince of Wales," St. Alphege Lane,. Freehold.

Lot 6. The "Weavers Arms," Broad Street, freehold and partly leasehold.

Lot 7. The "White Swan," Northgate. Leasehold under St. John's Hospital for a short term, at a ground rent.

Lot 8. The "Kings Head," Northgate. Freehold.

Lot 9. The "Swan Inn," at Sturry (close to the railway station). Freehold.

Lot 10. The "Ship," St. Martins Hill, freehold.

Lots 12. The "Star Commercial Inn and Tap," St George's, close to the Cattle market and Dane John. Freehold.

Lot 13. The "Blue Anchor," Old Dover Lane, near the Cattle market. Freehold.

Lot 14. The "Fleece Inn," High Street, opposite to the Corn market. Freehold.

Lot 28. Three neat Cottages opposite the Brewery, with large gardens extending to the river.

Lot 29. The "Two Brewers" public house and Spirit Warehouse, adjoining the last lot.

Lot 31. The "Black Dog" public house, Castle Street.

Lot 34. The "Duke's Head" Public House, Wincheap Street.

Lot 35. The "King's Head," Public House, Wincheap Street.

Lot 37. The "Royal Exchange," public house, Stour Street.

Lot 38. The "Kentish Arms," public house, and 5 cottages in Jewry Lane. Leasehold for a short term at a low rent.

Lot 40. The "Duke William," at Ickham, abiout five miles from Canterbury. Freehold.

Lot 41. The "Royal Oak Inn," at Deal. Freehold except a small portion.

Lot 42. The "King's Arms," Beach Street, Deal, and Cottage in the rear. leasehold for a short term, at a Ground rent.

Lot 43. The "Fleur De Lis," near the Railway Station, Dover. Leasehold for a term of 6 years, at a Ground rent of 3.

Lot 44. The "Two Brewers," Limekiln Street, Dover. leasehold for a term of 46 years, at a ground rent of 3.

Lot 45. The "Fountain Inn, adjoining the Market place at Dover. Freehold.

Lot 46. The "Lord Nelson," Radnor Street, near the harbour, Folkestone. Freehold.

Lot 47. The "Bricklayers Arms," Fancy Street, Folkestone. Freehold.

Lot 48. The "Castle Inn," at Sandgate. Leasehold for a short term, at a ground rent of 7s. 6d.

Lot 49. The "King's Head Hotel and Tap," at Margate. Freehold.

Lot 50. The "New Inn," at Elham, on the road to Hythe. Freehold.

Lot 51. The "King's Arms," at Milton near Sittingbourne. Freehold.

The Public Houses are for the most part in the occupation of unexceptionable tenants, and the majority of them are doing trades, both in beer and spirits, considerably above the average run of Country houses. (None of them have been beer shops; they're all old Licence Houses, with connections of long standing, thereby affording ample security for the permanency of the trade). The Premises generally are in a superior state of repair.

Particulars and Plans, price 1s. each, may be had of Messr's. Furleys and Mercer, Solicitors, Canterbury; at the "Fountain Hotel;" and of Mr. V. J. Collins, 3, Moorgate Street, London.


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald. 14 September 1867. Price 1d.


At the annual licensing day for the Home division of the County of Kent, held at Canterbury on Saturday last,

A man named Evan Llowarch then applied for a license for the “Swan,” but his application was refused.


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, Saturday 21 February 1874.


On Friday last an inquest was held at the "Swan Inn," Sturry, upon the body of Mr. Charles Mead, who met his death through a fall from his home while hunting with the East Kent Fox Hounds. T. T. Delasaux, Esq., was the coroner, and Mr. James Groombridge was the foreman of the jury. The following evidence was taken.

Henry Pett, of the parish of St. Paul, in the city of Canterbury, said that on Friday, the 30th day of January last, he was out hunting with the deceased and other persons with the East Kent Fox Hounds. He was near Hamden Wood, and witness saw him jump a small hedge and fall off his horse, which ran away and was afterwards caught. It was purely an accident. Deceased placed his hand on his side and seemed to be in great pain.

John Kingsmill, of Elmsted, corroborated the evidence of the previous witness.

Mr. Henry Denne, surgeon, of Canterbury, said that on Tuesday, the 3rd of February, he was called to the deceased at Sturry. Deceased appeared to be in great pain and experienced a difficulty in breathing. Witness continued to attend him until his death, which occurred on Monday, the 9th. Yesterday and that day he made a post-mortem examination, assisted by Mr. Jameson and Mr. Atkins, and he found the right lung much congested and hurt, and the left partially so. This was the cause of his death, and witness believed it to have been caused in the manner described by the two former witnesses.

The jury returned a verdict of "Accidental death."


The pub closed in 2014 and at the time of writing (February 2015) it is believed it is going to re-open as a restaurant with small bar area.



HILLS Henry 1819+

BOWLES William 1828-40+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34

DEWE Joseph 1858+

LAWRENCE Robert 1862+

JEZARD James 1873-74+

JEZARD Robert Tassel 1882-91+

GRANT William 1901+ (age 30 in 1901Census)

LUCAS Harry 1913-22+

LUCAS Louisa Mrs 1930-38

AYRIS Laurie 1970-88+


Pigot's Directory 1828-29From the Pigot's Directory 1828-29

Pigot's Directory 1832-34From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34



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