Page Updated:- Sunday, 19 November, 2023.


Earliest 1772-


Open 2020+

78 London Road



01795 521218

Swan 1908

Above postcard, circa 1908, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. Also showing the "George" central.


Above photo showing the "Swan" 2013.

Swan and George

As seen from the above picture, the pub is set back from the main road and is situated next to the "George." Picture date 2008.

Swan sign 1986

Above sign, September 1986.

With thanks from Brian Curtis


James Harris sold the pub to Thomas Boulding in 1772 who later still sold it on in 1775 to Thomas Frost by of 9d a messuage called "The Swan" and land in Linsted.

Further research has found this advert from the Kentish Gazette of 1794 for ulcers, mentioning the licensee.


Kentish Gazette of July 24, 1792.

From Commons to Lord's: A Chronology of Cricket, 1700-1799.

August 2nd - A Match of Cricket will be played on Thursday next, in Lynsted Park, by a party of Gentlemen resident within its neighbourhood. The wickets will be pitched, at twelve o’clock, on an eligible and pleasant eminence, and the Game will be played out. Marquees will be erected for the reception of company, and a good Ordinary provided on the spot by Thomas Bishopp, of the Swan Inn, Greenstreet. - KG July 24.


Kentish Gazette, Wednesday 29 September 1784.


On Thursday, the 16th Instant, Between. BAPCHlLD and GREENSTREET, A DARK LIVER-COLOUR and WHITE POINTER DOG.

His Head Entirely Liver Colour, and his Tail very short.

Name, SANCHO. Any Person, bringing him to the "Swan," Greensteet, shall receive Half a Guinea Reward.


Kentish Gazette, Friday 31 January 1794.

Care of ulcerated legs without rest, and ulcers of various parts, are, although of the most inverterate kind, and ever so long standing.

Has the common treatment of ulcerated legs is often unsuccessful, and frequent relapses after a supposed cure the consequence, encouraged by the advice and solicitations of his friends and his unremitting success in the line of practice, exemplified for many years past by indubitably facts, with a view to extend his services more generally to those who labour under the above dreadful diseases, Mr. Hankins, surgeon and Apothecary at Tonbridge, begs leave to inform the public, that he may be consulted personally on the first Thursday in every month, between the hours of 8 in the morning and 4 in the afternoon, at the "Mitre Tavern," in Maidstone.

Aware as he is of the illiberal conscience too often attached to this mode of application, he humbly hopes the afflicted will not be influenced thereby, so as to preclude a fair trial and investigation.

References may be made to the following respectable person recently cured by Mr. Hankins, many of them having laboured under ulcerated legs of 30 years standing.

Mr. Banking, Attorney, East Grinstead, Sussex.

Mr. Miller, late at the "Bull and George," Dartford, near Gravesend.

Mrs. Ring, wife of Mr. Matthew Ring, senior, at Southborough, near Tunbridge.

Mrs. Holding, wife of Mr. Holding, butcher, at East Malling.

Mrs. Reeves, at East Malling.

Mr. Roberts, at the "Swan," at Green Street, near Sittingbourne.

Mr. Barton, at the "Five Bells," at Otham, near Maidstone.

Mr. Edward, butcher, Eltham, near Maidstone.

Mr. J. Edmund, farmer and maltster, at Otham, near Maidstone.


Mrs. Dadd, wife of Mr. Dadd, at the "Fountain," Chatham.


N. B. It is particularly requested that application by letter, to any of the above person's, may be post-paid, and they will be immediately attended to.


Deeds Swan

T78 1759 8th Feb The said testator Edwd Dane departed this life the latter end of the year 1760 and was buried at Linsted the fourth of Jan 1761 and ... Mary his widow soon afterwards marryed one William Harris choodhill about a month before Mulias 1766 and was in possession of the rents of the estate from the said Edwd Danes death till that time, the deceased Edwd Dane Hall died before the testators widow (viz) abt the end of the year 1762 at the age of 54 years and was buried at Lynsted 2nd Jan 1763 and consequently never was in the actual possion of the premises, upon the widow of the said testator Edwrd Dane's death James Harris of Rodmersham wheeler??? upon the said estate as the 2nd cousin and heir law of the whole blood to Edwd Dane Hall whom the testator in his will calls his godson & nephew Edward Hall Dane son of Edward Hall of Linsted and has been in the quiet possession and receipt of the rents thereof ever since her death and has agreed to convey the estate to Mr Thomas Boulding if the freehold was in the decree of Edwd Dane notwithstanding he never entered upon the estate and that the same descended to James Harris and he can? make a good Title? therof to Mr Boulding of which your opinion is desired.

[see document dated 1820 at Faversham referring to Henry Dane]


Kentish Gazette, 4 November, 1806.


THOMAS FROST BEGS leave to return his sincere thanks, for the very liberal encouragement he received, during keeping the above inn, and begs to recommend his successor Richard Foord.

R. FOORD having taken the above inn, solicits the favours of his friends and the public in general, and hopes by having good wines, spirits, beds, and stabling, and by attention to business, to merit the favours of the public.

Greenstreet, Nov. 4, 1806.


Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal, Friday 15 September 1809.

Falstaff Inn. St. Dunstan's Canterbury.

George Hadlee returns is grateful thanks for the public, for the support he has received during his residence at the "Falstaff Inn," from which he has retired, and begs to recommend Mr. Richard Foord as his successor.

Richard Ford, late of the "Swan Inn," Greenstreet, having taken the "Falstaff Inn," respectfully solicits to the support of his friends and the public, which it shall be his endeavour to deserve, by a strict attention to their commands, and by keeping a stock of the best wines, spirits &c. constantly on sale.

Good beds and stabling.


From the Kentish Gazette, 1 November 1836.


TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION, By Mr. THOMAS MINTER, ON the Premises, on WEDNESDAY, the 23d November, 1836, At Twelve o’clock at noon (unless previously disposed of by Private Contract, of which Notice will be given), subject to the conditions of sale then produced, in three lots:—

Lot 1:— All that MESSUAGE or TENEMENT, known by the sign of the "Swan," with the extensive Stables, Coachhouse, Yard, and Garden, situate and being at GREENSTREET, in the Parish of LINSTED, in Kent, as the same are now in the Occupation of Ann Pilcher.

Lot 2:— All those TWO PIECES of LAND, with the Storehouse aud Stable thereon, adjoining Lot 1; one piece being a plantation of fruit, containing one acre, more or less; and the other an Orchard, planted with fruit trees, also containing one acre, more or less, in the occupation of Thomas Frost.

Lot 3:— All that large substantially built STABLE and STABLE-YARD, adjoining Lot 2, situate and being in Linsted Lane, and in the occupation of Robert Fagg, coachmaster.

This old-established House and Property is situate on the London road, midway between Sittingbourn and Ospringe, and is equally desirable for occupation or Investment.

Immediate possession may be had of Lots 1 and 2; Lot 3 is subject to a yearly tenantsy, determinable at Michaelmas.

Mr. Frost, of Greenstreet, will show the Premises.

For particulars, Inquire of Messrs. Jeffreys and Morgan, Solicitors, Faversham; or Mr. Frost, or of the Auctioneers.


From the Kentish Gazette, 21 November 1837.

STOLEN or STRAYED, from the "Swan Inn," Greenstreet, on Monday Night, 6th November, A DANISH DOG, crossed by a Pointer, spotted black and white, a black spot the middle of his forehead, three larger spots on his back, answers to the name of BRAVO.

Whoever will bring him to the "Swan Inn," Greenstreet, or give information where he may be found, shall be rewarded for their trouble.


Greenstreet, Nov. 15, 1837.


Kentish Gazette 05 September 1865.


On Tuesday an inquest was held at the "Swan Inn," Greenstreet, before Mr. Coroner Hills and a jury, of which Mr. James Flood was the foreman, on the body of a newly-born female child, the daughter of a single woman named Ellen Cheeseman. It will be remembered that about a year since the same woman gave birth to a child on whom an inquest was also held before the same coroner and at the same house. On that occasion considerable blame was evidently attached to the mother, and, consequently, in the present instance, great interest was felt in the result of the inquiry. The jury having viewed the body, the following evidence was adduced:—

Caroline, the wife of police-constable Craig, said:- I live in the same house as Mr. John Flood, with whom lives a young woman he has had under his charge almost since her infancy, named Ellen Cheeseman. To the best of my knowledge she is a single woman. I have known her two years, and believe she is 23 years of age. On Friday evening she gave birth to twin girl’s, who have been registered by the names of Rosa and Edith. She was attended in her confinement by Dr. Adams, and was waited upon by a nurse. One of the children died yesterday (Monday) morning, up to which time I believe all went well. I saw the mother several times after her confinement, and went to her room at about half-post five on Monday morning to see how she was. She said she was better than on Sunday. I did not see the children, but heard them crying, and they had been crying the greater portion of the night. At about a quarter to six I went upstairs again for my baby, and she then called to me, and on going to the room I found that one of the children was dead. It was placed on the side of the bed, and the other one was in bed by the side of its mother. She said to me, "Look here; the baby is dead;" and I then called Mrs. Sills, who had attended to her. She came at once, and we went upstairs together. I sent for Dr. Adams immediately. When the child was first born I thought it would not live, as it was continually crying, and was very small and weakly.

By Dr. Adams:- I did not see, when I first went to the room on Monday morning, whether the deceased was entirely covered with the blanket in which it was wrapped.

By the Coroner:- The child has had great difficulty in breathing ever since its birth.

By a Juror:- It did not take the breast, but received its milk from a spoon.

By the Coroner:- When I first went into a room one of the children was wrapped in a flannel petticoat and the other in a shawl.

By the Foreman:- When you came to register the children on Sunday morning, I said I did not think the deceased would live, as she was black from her wrist to her shoulder, and seemed to have no warmth whatever.

Mary Ann Lawrence, a widow, residing in Greenstreet, said:- I attended Ellen Cheeseman in her confinement last Friday night, when she was delivered of twin girls named Rosa and Edith. The deceased was the younger of the two, and was named Edith. I attended to the mother and children on Saturday and Sunday, and, on dressing the children on Sunday, I found that the deceased was very ill, and that its arms were swollen. I did not think it would live through Sunday afternoon. It was with great difficulty that it breathed; and I accordingly advised that Dr. Adams should be called in. I heard on Monday morning that Edith was dead, and on going to the room I saw that such was the ease.

By Mr. Adams:- I do not know why you were not told that the child was ill when you asked the question.

Dr. Adams said he asked about the children’s health, and was told that they were quite well.

Mrs. Sills, in answer to one of the jury, said the deceased was last fed between eight and nine o’clock on Sunday evening.

Dr. Henry Adams, surgeon, said:- I attended Ellen Cheeseman in her confinement on Friday last, and called on Saturday to see her and her children. The children were small, but appeared to be healthy, and were breathing easily when I saw them. I was told they fed well, though they did not take the breast. Yesterday morning I was sent for, and found that the child Edith was dead. I subsequently made a post-mortem examination. I was surprised to find that the child was dead, as when I saw it on Saturday I thought it wits healthy, and was told by the woman present that such was the case. I found that death was caused by congestion of the lungs. Having been told that the child was healthy I thought, on making the examination, that the child had probably been overlain. When I went into the house on Monday morning I made inquiries about the children, and was then told that they had not been unwell. I believe now, judging from what I have heard here to-day, that the child died from natural causes. If it had been overlaid the same appearances would have been caused, as it was very feeble and small in every way. When I saw it on Saturday I did not see anything to prevent its living. I think that a blanket, if it had been placed over it, would have caused its death. There was no appearance of violence on the body.
The Coroner having briefly referred to the evidence, the jury returned a verdict of "Death from natural causes."


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald. 21 September 1867. Price 1d.


The following applications for new licenses were heard:—  Wm. Thomas Dulake, "The Swan," Sittingbourne; the application was refused.


Dover Express, Friday 9 February 1906.


The Faversham County Bench of Magistrates gave notice at their meeting on Thursday that they should object to the renewal of the following licenses:- The "Dolphin", "Three Squirrels," the "Ship" ale houses at Boughton; the "Swan" ale house at Lynsted; the "Crown" ale house and the "Mayor's Arms" beer-houses at Ospringe; the "Rose" beer-house at Teynham; the "Scots Greys" beer house at Throwley; and the beer off-license held by Mr. Philpott at Davington.


The Swan Inn was one of three Coaching Inns in what was known as Greenstreet. In its Coaching Inn days, its frontage was directly onto the pavement, but the present Inn now lies back from road with car parking space in front.

It appears that the medieval Coaching Inn became dilapidated and was demolished and replaced with the faux-timbered Inn we see today, in the early 1920's.



HARRIS James to 1772

BISHOPP Thomas 1792+

ROBERTS Mr 1794+

BOULDING Thomas 1772-75

FROST Thomas 1775-Nov/1806

FORD Richard Nov/1806-Sept/09 Next pub licensee had

WEST Thomas 1828-32+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34

PILCHER Ann 1836 Kentish Gazette

HOMER Mrs 1858+

DULAKE William Thomas Sept/1867+ Canterbury Journal

PAYNE T 1903+ Kelly's 1903

CLARK H 1908+

BRANCHETT James William 1921+ (age 43 in 1921Census)


Canterbury JournalCanterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette

Pigot's Directory 1828-29From the Pigot's Directory 1828-29

Pigot's Directory 1832-34From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34

Kentish GazetteKentish Gazette

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903



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