Important Covid information

If all goes according to plan, the first tranche of pubs (those that are able to serve drinkers outdoors) may be able to reopen on April 12th. Though of course, in a situation like this, nothing is guaranteed. The rest of our pubs may be permitted to reopen from May 17th.

Pubs providing takeaways continue to be listed on this page.

Those known to be planning to reopen as soon as permitted are listed on this page.

Eye Black Swan

Eye Black Swan

Closed about 1962

Cross St

grid reference TM 144 738

The closure date for the Black Swan is not known, but the pub was listed in the 1935-1953 Eye licensing records and didn't appear in the 1962-67 records, so must have closed in the interim. It has since been demolished.

Barry Bailey tells us that he drank in the pub as a sixteen/ seventeen year old so it was still open in 1962/63.

It reportedly stood "next to the Queen's Head".

The pub is also listed at Back Street in 1830.

The 1886 OS map shows an unidentified pub in what appears to be the right spot; we're assuming this was the Black Swan for now. This is shown on the following old OS map from the 1890s. interactive map

old OS map



Historical interest

Historical interest




(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)

(some old PO directory information courtesy of

(** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)

Old OS map reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.