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Latitude: 52.806 / 52°48'21"N
Longitude: -2.1171 / 2°7'1"W
OS Eastings: 392204
OS Northings: 323172
OS Grid: SJ922231
Mapcode National: GBR 16X.5JV
Mapcode Global: WHBDT.GQ3P
Entry Name: Swan Hotel
Listing Date: 16 January 1951
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1195355
English Heritage Legacy ID: 383996
Location: Stafford, Staffordshire, ST16
Electoral Ward/Division: Forebridge
Built-Up Area: Stafford
Traditional County: Staffordshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Staffordshire
Church of England Parish: Stafford St Mary
Church of England Diocese: Lichfield
SJ9223SW GREENGATE STREET
590-1/10/52 (West side)
16/01/51 Swan Hotel
Formerly known as: No.45 Swan Hotel GREENGATE STREET.
Hotel. Mid to late C18 with earlier origins, possibly mid C17.
Stucco; slate mansard roof with large brick stack.
EXTERIOR: 3 storeys with attic; 6-window range. Top
modillioned cornice and parapet. Segmental-headed entrance to
right of centre is former coach entrance, now with paired
panelled doors. Ground floor has 3 wide bow windows, each with
four 4-pane sashes and friezes and cornices, that to left end
is of 2 storeys; other windows have sills and 4-pane sashes; 5
flat-roofed dormers with small-paned casements. Stack has
cogged frieze and cap. Rear has 2 gabled wings, one with
former stable block; courtyard partly enclosed in C20.
INTERIOR: some panelling, probably C17, and late C19 open well
staircase; stable block converted to bar and retaining some
features; courtyard retains windows including bow window.
HISTORY: the hotel was a noted coaching inn; George Borrow
worked here and described it in his book: Romany Rye; Charles
Dickens stayed here and described it and the town in an
article in Household Words.
(Raven M: Staffordshire and the Black Country: 1988-: 292;
Victoria County History of Staffordshire: Greenslade MW: A
History of Stafford: London: 1979-: 191, 201; County Planning
Department: Charles FWB: Swan Hotel, Greengate Street,
Listing NGR: SJ9218923172
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