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The Last Days of the 'Swan with Two Necks'

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The “Swan with Two Necks,” whence many coaches set out, until the end of such things, was often known by waggish people as the “Wonderful Bird,” and obtained its name from a perversion of the “Swan with Two Nicks”: swans that swam the upper Thames and were the property of the Vintners’ Company being marked on their bills with two nicks, for identification. Lad Lane is now “Gresham Street,” but, apart from its mere name, is a lane still; but the old buildings of the “Swan with Two Necks” were pulled down in 1856.

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The Old Inns of Old England, Volume I (of 2)
A Picturesque Account of the Ancient and Storied Hostelries of Our Own Country
Author and illustrator: Charles G. Harper
Published in 1906
Available from gutenberg.org
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