formerly Three Swans Inn?
Real Ale is sold here.
High St, CO10 9QA
grid reference TL 915 491
Famous and prominently located medieval timber framed hotel (AA, RAC star rated) which has been extended to encompass several old cottages and the Wool Hall. Former USAF memorabilia from nearby WW2 airfields decorate the bar area. Separate restaurant. 49 rooms.
The building probably dates from the 14th or 15th century.
- Accessible to disabled customers
- Accommodation available
- Beer garden or other outside drinking area
- Beer served through handpumps
- Bus stop nearby (see transport links for details)
- Evening meals
- Lunchtime meals (not just snacks)
- Quiet pub - no electronic games, piped music or jukebox
- Real fire
- Restaurant or separate dining area
- Separate bar
Nearest railway station
The pub is shown on this old OS map from about 1902 (interactive map)
Listed as a commercial & posting inn.
John Levill, who kept the Greyhound Inn for thirteen years in Lavenham, is now removed to the Three Swans Inn and Tavern in the same Town.Ipswich Journal, July 2nd 1743***
The Annual Shew of Horses and Colts at John Levill's, the Swan, Lavenham.Ipswich Journal, February 25th 1764***
The Lavenham machine sets out from the Swan Inn at Lavenham on Monday-Wednesday-Friday, to the Spread Eagle Inn in Gracechurch street in London, returning to Lavenham on Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday at 11s per passenger who are allowed 20lbs in weight and above at 1s a score-outsides and children in lap at half price-coach sets out from Lavenham at 5 in the morning and from London at 6 in the morning.Ipswich…
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)
(** information from Stuart Ansell)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)
(**** report reproduced with kind permission from Foxearth & District Local History Society)
(***** Last Orders is a free local newsletter - published by Suffolk CAMRA members since 1978)