13. Swan and Talbot

Photo of Swan And Talbot Blue Plaque - text below

This important Posting Inn on the Great North Road had ample stabling in coaching days from whence departed the carriers to Leeds. There was a soldiers room under the eaves and a malt kiln in which they brewed their own beer. The inn was first licensed in 1678.

Swann Family Crest

Originally named the Dog and Swan, the pub was, until 1611, allowed to bear the coat of arms of the Swann family. The Swann family lived at Askham Manor in nearby Askham Richard.

Talbot was a type of white hunting dog. It is now extinct and has been credited with being an ancestor of the modern beagle and bloodhound. However, the Talbots were also another influential family in the area and the name change may also have been in reference to them. Bess of Hardwick was a Talbot by her last marriage to the Earl of Shrewsbury.

The pub has low ceilings befitting the age of the place, and at one end, a huge fireplace over which hangs a brief history of how it acquired its name. As might be expected with an inn of this age and history, it is associated with several ghostly tales which we include elsewhere along with other fascinating stories.

Picture of the Swan and Talbot

This was the first item of the 1824 Great Sale and contained not only this old inn but also property across the road which included a garden.

Various Ghost stories are associated with the inn.

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