This page attempts to explain the significance and meaning behind the Swan Inn Sign. Research is augmented with photographs of pub signs.


Inn Signs
Inn Signs

Background Information
This sign of The Swan first appeared in the 14th century and is thought to originate from either a direct allusion to the swan itself or a coat of arms featuring the bird. Indeed, in this latter guise, it was favoured by Henry VIII and Edward III.

In early times the swan was a symbol of innocence and this is perhaps the reason why The White Swan is such a common variant. However, The Black Swan is also quite common - though locals tend to call this The Mucky Duck.
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Inn Sign
Inn sign of the Swan Hotel at Alcester [1990]

Inn Sign of the Old Swan at Netherton [2001]

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"I've developed into quite a swan. I'm one of those people that will probably look better and better as I get older until I drop dead of beauty.
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