History of the Swan Inn at Aldridge in the county of Staffordshire. Research is augmented with photographs, details of licensees, stories of local folklore, census data, newspaper articles and a genealogy connections section for those studying their family history.


Swan Inn
Swan Inn

Some History of this Pub
Swan Inn






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Licensees of this Pub
1834 James Briscoe
1851 James Briscoe
1861 James Briscoe
1868 Mrs. Mary Ann Street
1872 Mrs. Mary Ann Street
1880 Mrs. Jane Rhodes
1896 John Darrall
1902 John Patrick NcNally
1912 Peter Battle Cook
1932 Wallace Weir

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Genealogy Connections
If you have a genealogy story or query regarding the Swan Inn you can contact me and I will post it here in addition to including your message within the website pages for Staffordshire Genealogy.

1884 Map Extract showing Aldridge Village Centre
This 1884 map extract [which can be purchased in its entirety online at Mapseeker], shows the centre of Aldridge where the High Street meets Walsall Wood Road, Anchor Road and Leighswood Road, the latter going north-west to Northwood Villas and Stubbers Green.

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Aldridge Local History Society
Black Country Bugle
Black Country Gob
Black Country History in Old Photos
Black Country Society

Not One to Mix with the Riff-Raff in the Bar

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Rufus Wainwright
"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.
Rufus Wainwright

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Newspaper Articles
John Patrick McNally, landlord of the Swan Inn, Aldridge, appealed against the decision of the justices of the Rushall Petty Sessional Division convicting him of having permitted drunkenness, of being drunk on licensed premises, and of supplying drink to a drunken man. Mr. Plumptre was for the appellant, and Mr. Vachell for the respondents. Mr. Vachell said that for permitting drunkenness appellant was fined 5. and costs and the licence endorsed, and for being drunk on licensed premises he was fined 10s. and costs. On September 16th the Wakes were being held at Aldridge, and at seven o'clock in the evening a policeman went into the Swan Inn and observed that the landlord was rather the worse for drink. Later in the evening the constable again went into the house and saw the landlord and a man named McDonough in a club room drunk, the latter being so drunk he fell on the floor. Several witnesses were called in support of the allegation that the two named persons were drunk. Appellant gave evidence that on the day of the Wakes he had an extension of an hour. He asked the police to visit the house as often as possible to see that the house was kept in order. He denied that he was drunk. McDonough had been dancing and, becoming dizzy, he slipped down, and he was not drunk. Other witnesses gave evidence in support of the appeal, and all asserted that the men were sober. Mr. Plumptre, in addressing the Court, contended that the punishment imposed was altogether out of proportion to the offences, which all took place at the same time and under the same circumstances, and that the case had not been made out that the men were drunk. The Court dismissed the appeal with costs, but removed one of the endorsements, the Chairman saying that the magistrates did not appear to have taken advantage of section 57 of  the Act."
"Licensing Appeal"
Licensed Trade News 4th January 1902

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