Thursday, 21 November 2013
Sign of the Swan with two necks
The sign for the Swan with two necks, a Robinson's pub on Prince's Street.
The origin of the name is said to be a corruption of "The Swan With Two Nicks". Swans have traditionally been the property of the reigning Monarch. However, in the 16th century, Queen Elizabeth I granted the right to ownership of some swans to the Worshipful Company of Vintners. To tell which Swan belonged to whom, the Vintners' swans had their beaks marked with two notches, or nicks.
A contribution to signs, signs.