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.

8 comments:

  1. Interesting story. I was wondering what the name meant as the swan does not appear to have two necks!

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  2. Beautiful sign. I love pub signs, and this one definitely qualifies as a bit eccentric :)

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  3. That's the most unusual pub name I've seen.

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  4. I suppose now they would be tagged.

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  5. Great story and photo. I thought that swan picture only had one neck, and made no sense until I read your story.

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  6. beautiful sign and interesting story!

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