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The Swan Inn, Clare

Description: The Swan Inn

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 19 December 1961
English Heritage Building ID: 282978

OS Grid Reference: TL7693945293
OS Grid Coordinates: 576939, 245293
Latitude/Longitude: 52.0777, 0.5806

Location: High Street, Clare, Suffolk CO10 8NY

Locality: Clare
Local Authority: St Edmundsbury Borough Council
County: Suffolk
Country: England
Postcode: CO10 8NY

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Listing Text

2006 High Street
(West Side)
No 4 (Th e Swan Inn)
TL 74 NE 18/64 19.12.61.


An early C17 timber-framed and plastered building built circa 1600, possibly
on the site of an earlier inn of the same name. A building known as Le Swan
is recorded as being in Clare in the C15. 2 storeys. 3 window range, double-hung
sashes with glazing bars, in flush cased frames. The ground storey has a C19
or early C20 Inn front with pilasters and a continuous fascia cornice. On the
1st storey there is a very fine re-used carved oriel sill. It may have come
from the earlier inn but the arms and the richness of the carving suggest a more
important origin, probably the castle. The arms at the south end are those of
Richard Duke of York. Those on the north end are of Mortimer, Earl of March
quartering de Burgh. The Swan with a coronet collar chained to a tree was the
crest of Cloely, Duchess of York, wife of Richard, to whom Edward IV gave the
castle and honour of Clare in Dower.. Roof tiled with a large red brick chimnyey
stack with 4 octagonal shafts with moulded bases, a single square capping and
a square base, panelled on front. The interior has exposed framing, beams and

Nos 1 to 8 (consec) with Nos 28, 29 and 31, all the listed buildings in Well Lane,
Stone Hall and Nos 36 to 40 (consec) Nethergate Street form a group.

Listing NGR: TL7693545300

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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