Lowestoft Swan

Lowestoft Swan

West, 52.48326,1.75653

Closed: before 1840

High St

grid reference TM 551 938

The Swan stood on the corner of Mariner's Score.

There was a Swan Inn at the top of Mariner's score in which Oliver Cromwell was accommodated when visiting Lowestoft in 1643 to root out Royalist supporters and their two old pieces of ordnance which stood at the top of Rant Score. It appeared that not a shot was fired and Cromwell met no local resistance and he went off with his prisoners including the vicar.

It isn't marked on any available OS map (as early as 1885) so probably closed a long time ago.

The original building was erected in the late 14th century, then rebuilt in the 17th century and again rebuilt in the 19th century, so the building now on site only dates from the 19th century (with 20th century alterations). So photos showing Broadland Aquatics are of a building too new to have been the pub, though this is on the correct site.

Only the 14th century cellars now exist, according to the Listed Buildings Register.

The pub is pictured in the following book - page 19 - Lowestoft a history & celebration by Ian G Robb.



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