Sort file:- Faversham, March, 2021.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 07 March, 2021.


Earliest 1724

Swan and Harlequin

Latest 2014

(Name to)

Conduit Street


Swan and Harlequin 2011

Above photo by John Law, 13 July 2011.

Swan and Harlequin

Above photo by Paul Skelton, 1 September 2012.


The "Coal Exchange" was the "Swan and Harlequin" until 1810, and a right of way ran from the pub yard to Swan Quay on the Creek. The pub changed its name back again in the 1980s. The intensive nineteenth century coal trade at Faversham undoubtedly led to the name-change, to attract barge workers and dockside labourers alike.

However, the Kentish Gazette of 1784 referred to what I assume is this same pub with the name again being the "Swan and Harlequin." Less, of course this is a different one that I hadn't previously found.


Kentish Gazette, Saturday 7 August 1784.

Cricketing. To be played at Faversham, on Wednesday, 11th instant August.

A match of cricket, between the Gentleman of Faversham and the Gentlemen of Sittingbourne, for one guinea per man.

The wickets to be pitched at 10 o'clock, and the match played out.

A good ordinary at Edward Betts's, the "Swan and Harlequin," at 1 o'clock.

Kentish Gazette, Tuesday 18 June 1793.

Friday last died at Faversham, Mr. Lucas, maltser of the "Swan and Harlequin" public house.


Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal, Tuesday 9 April 1799.

To be Let or Sold.

A blacksmiths Forge and House at Lewsam Street, in the parish of Teynham.

Enquire of Mr. Black, at the "Swan and Harlequin," Faversham.


Kentish Gazette, Friday 28 August 1812.

To be sold by auction.

At the "Swan and Harlequin," Faversham, on Tuesday, the 8th day of September, 1812, (unless previously disposed of by private contract.)

The Good Clinch-built Cutter Fox, burthen 23 tons, belonging to John Hills, together with all her vast materials, being well sound, and is in every respect fit for sea.

For further particulars, and to treat by private contract, apply to the owner, Faversham; or to Mr. John Black, at the said "Swan and Harlequin."


Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal 18 November 1814.


The severity of the times and the number of Journeymen Carpenters and Joiners out of employ, they solicit the patronage of those Gentlemen who may have any buildings or repairs to do, - they will find it very considerable to their interest to employ them, as by finding their own materials they not only save the profits of them but the profits of the wages, which benefit is to considerable extent. If any Gentleman wishes to employ them, they will find men capable of giving plans and executing orders to their entire satisfaction; by addressing a letter (post-paid,) C. C. "Swan and Harlequin," Faversham, will be punctually attended to.


Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser, Tuesday 2 August 1831.


July 21st, at Faversham, Mr. William Black, landlord of the "Swan and Harlyquinn," aged 75.



The pub again changed name to the "Creek Hotel" some time after 2014.



BETTS Edward 1784+

BLACK William 1799-Aug/1831 dec'd Pigot's Directory 1828-29


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


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