17 Swan St
grid reference TL 961 405
The 18th century brick frontage covers a much older structure. The pub was reported in the Ipswich Journal** as early as 1744.
January 7th 1744
This is to give notice that on Tuesday the 10th of January between the hours of 10 and 12 at Boxford, Suffolk, a gentleman is to run 7 miles in one hour for wager of 20 guineas, there will be an ordinary for gentlemen at the Swan Inn at Boxford on the same day.
The pub is shown (though not named) on this OS map of the 1890s. interactive map
Walter Robert KINGSBURY, Swan Inn, Boxford, was charged with keeping his house open during prohibited hours. Witnesses claimed they were there to do business - Case dismissed.Ipswich Journal, October 3rd in 1876***
Saturday last (20th) died, Mr Benjamin Woods, of the Swan Inn.Ipswich Journal, September 1800**
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)
(** report reproduced with kind permission from Foxearth & District Local History Society)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)
Old OS map reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.