The Northampton Mercury 31 May 1788
LEFT at the Swan in Old Stratford, on Monday the 6th of May instant.
A BLACK MARE,
About fourteen Hands, high, between the Nag and Cart Kind, rather touched in the Wind, has a Blaze in her Face, and the far Heel behind white. Also a SADDLE and BRIDDLE.
The Northampton Mercury May 5th 1798
To be LETT.
THAT well-known and good-accustomed INN, called the SWAN, at OLD-STRATFORD, in the County of Northampton ; -consisting of a good House, Brick and Slate Front , a convenient Brewhouse and other Offices adjoining; a roomy Yard, with Stabling for forty Horses, and a CLOSE of about four Acres of rich PASTURE LAND, contiguous thereto; together with a beneficial Charter, particularly useful to any Person in the Dealing Business, as they will be entitled to an Exemption from Tolls in many Parts of the Country.
The Northampton Mercury July 7th 1798
OLD SWAN INN,
R. HILLYARD having Taken and Entered upon the above Inn, takes this Opportunity of informing his Friends and Public in general, that he has laid in stock of excellent WINES and SPIRITSOUS LIQUORS, and hope by a strict Attention to his Business to merit the Favours of a generous Public, which will ever be acknowledges by.
The Northampton Mercury September 5th 1818
The Northampton Mercury June 6th 1829
China, Glass, and Earthenware,
On Wednesday the 10th of June, 1829, at the Swan Inn, Old Stratford, Northamptonshire.
The Northampton Mercury June 6th 1840
DIED: On Saturday last, Mr. Thomas Hillyer, son of Mrs. Mary Hillyer, of the Swan Inn, Old Stratford, aged 35 years, sincerely regretted by his family and friends, and respected by all who knew him.
The Northampton Mercury November 15th 1845
Died: Nov. 3, Mrs. Day, widow of the late Mr. John Day, auctioneer, of Stony Stratford, and daughter of Mrs. Hillyer, Swan Inn, Old Stratford. She was universally respected by all who knew her, and her loss will be deeply felt.
The Northampton Mercury March 11th 1848
HIGHLY-DESIRABLE FREEHOLD PROPERTY,
On Thursday, 23d March 1848, on the premises, at Four o'clock in the Afternoon, subject to such conditions as will be then read,
Lot 1. The respectable and substantially brick-built, tiled, and sashed HOUSE, so long and well known as "The Swan Inn." with neat ornamental iron palisading, and flight of stone steps to the front ; containing entrance passage, two roomy parlours, tap-room and bar, pantry, scullery, &c., two good cellars, four best bed rooms, and three large attics, closets. &c., &c., and open lean-to at the back, with pump of good water. The house occupies the angle of the two high roads, and there is a gateway entrance from each to the spacious gravelled yard, which is surrounded by substantial buildings, the principal part recently brick-built and slated. viz.:--a capital brewhouse, with plant as fixed, and a convenient oven, pump, hog loom, &c., adjoining ; two six-stalled stables and a lock-up coach-house, with lofts and granaries over ; another six-stalled stable, with coach doors for occasional use, and loft over ; and a stable with four loose boxes, and granary with bins; together with the large and very productive Walled Garden, with fruit trees, shrubs, &c. The whole forming a very compact property, exceedingly well adapted for the old business attached to it, of a Brewer and Innkeeper, or for any other business requiring roomy and commodious premises.
Lot 2. All that newly-built stone and slated Stable and Wood House, with capital granary over the same, situate adjoining Lot 1, on the Northampton road ; large yard, with gateway entrance from the street, barns, pigsties, and other buildings, now in the occupation of Mr. M. Willison; and the adjoining PADDOCK of fine old PASTURE LAND, with a constant supply of water, good fences, and several Timber Trees growing thereon.
Lot 3. The very valuable ancient enclosure of rich PASTURE LAND, situate adjoining Lot 2, and abutting on the Northampton Road, with capital fences, some thriving Timber, and never failing water. The property is in the parish of Potterspury, in the county of Northampton; it is freehold, tithe-free, and the land-tax re-deemed, and each Lot possesses a commanding frontage to the Street: May he viewed on application to Mrs. Hillyer; and further particulars known of Mr. H. Smith, Solicitor, or the Auctioneers Buckingham.
The Northampton Mercury September 30th 1848
OLD STRATFORD, Northamptonshire.
On Monday the 9th October, 1848, on the premises of Mrs. HILLYER, who is leaving the Swan Inn,
The Northampton Mercury May 28th 1859
DEATHS. At Stony Stratford on 21st instant. Mrs. Mary Hillyer, aged 92 years, late of the Swan Inn, Old Stratford, and landlady of the above Inn upwards of 50 years is sincerely regretted by all who knew her.
The Northampton Mercury August 23rd 1862
Thomas King, of the Swan Inn, Old Stratford was summoned for selling beer and spirits STONY STRATFORD PETTY SESSIONS, August 15th. before half-past twelve on Sunday last. Case adjourned.
The Northampton Mercury January 21st 1871
STONY STRATFORD PETTY SESSIONS, Old StratfordJoseph Partridge, landlord of the Swan Inn, Old Stratford. was summoned for, on the 10th of December, 1870, permitting drunkenness in his house.Mr. C. C. Becke, of Northampton, defended.Thomas Barbey, servant at Wakefield Lodge, deposed : On Saturday evening the 10th of December, I went with Sans Read into the Swan Inn, kept by Mr. Partridge, and remained there about five minutes. Read was sober when he went in. I left and went on to Stratford, and was gone about an hour. As I came back I called in again at the Swan, and stayed a quarter of an hour. Read and a man named Webb and several others left with me. Read and Webb were drunk. I did not see anything brought to either of them. They had a little of a quartern of gin, which I called for, and that was all I saw them drink. I did not tell the policeman I saw them have several quarterns of gin and brandy.Cross-examined by Mr. Becke: Read went in with me. I did not hear Mr. Partridge say he was drunk, nor did I hear him tell his bar maid not to serve anything to him.Sans Read was next brought up as a witness for the prosecution, but he refused; to be sworn or to give evidence, because he said he had been fined at the last Sessions for being drunk at the time he was now called to give evidence about; and, as a drunken man's evidence cannot be taken, he refused to be sworn. However, he afterwards took oath that he was drunk, but on being interrogated as whether he got drunk at the Swan Inn, he I replied that he was drunk and did not know.Mr. Becke said; Mr. Partridge; had kept a public-house for twenty years, and had not been brought up before, and he could produce witnesses to prove that Read was drunk when he came in, and that he had nothing to drink whilst he was there. It being a cold night, the landlord could not turn him out, but as soon as an opportunity offered, he got rid of him sending him with some men who were going his way home. He (Mr. Beerke) could bring respectable witnesses to prove that there were no drunken men in the house on that night, and from what the witness Barbey had Stated, there was not a tittle of evidence showing that Read got drunk in the Swan Inn. The defendant had kept a public-house for twenty year without a complaint and now to be brought up on such frivolous charge appeared to him to be very cruel. He should first prove that Read did not get drunk there and asked to be allowed to call a return, but the Bench told him the case was dismissed.
The Northampton Mercury August 11th 1877
TO SELL BY AUCTION:. August 16, 1877, at Five o'clock in the Afternoon.
LOT 3 Comprises all these TWO stone-built and slated COTTAGES, situate in the Cosgrove-Road, Old Stratford, in the parish of Potterspury with yards and out-buildings, producing a rental of £10 8s. per annum.
LOT 4. consists of all the excellent CLOSE of old pasture LAND, having a long frontage to the Cosgrove-road, and containing 2A. 3R. 0P., or thereabouts. This is valuable as a building site, or a most convenient close for occupation. It is in the occupation of the Proprietor, Mr. Matthew Willison.
Lot 2 will be required to close up the entrance door leading from the garden into the close, and also the gate leading from the back yard into the close. Note: Lot 1 "Royal Oak" situated on The Green, Stony Stratford, in the occupation of Mr. Henry Willison.
The Northampton Mercury December 28th 1878
TOWCESTER: Petty Sessions. Transfer. Henry Carnall, the Swan, Old Stratford, applied for a transfer of license to William Judge. Granted.
The Northampton Mercury November 1st 1879
SWAN INN, OLD STRATFORD, TO BE LET, with immediate possession. For particulars, apply to the Northampton Brewery Co., Northampton; or to their agent, Mr. Archer, Stony Stratford.
The Northampton Mercury December 27th 1879
TOWCESTER: Petty Sessions. Transfer. License of the Swan Inn, Old Stratford, was transferred from William Judge to David Bonham.
The Northampton Mercury October 14th 1882
Stony Stratford Petty Sessions. Oct 6. William Morgan, landlord of the Swan, Old Stratford, was fined £1 9s. 6d. For permitting gaming.
The Northampton Mercury October 28th 1892
STONY STRATFORD DIVISIONAL PETTY SESSIONS: Frederick Barley (17) and William Edward Daniels (15), of Stony Stratford, were charged with attempted burglary at Old Stratford, on Oct. 22nd. On the application of the Superintendent, the charge was altered to one under the vagrancy Act. Viz. “intent to commit a felony.” Geo. Bantam said he kept the Swan Inn at Old Stratford, and the two defendants had no business in his house at half-past eleven on Saturday night. Eliza Murby said about half-past eleven on Saturday night she heard a noise in the house and saw a light. The house had been securely locked up that night. P.S. McLeod, of Potterspury, said when he charged the prisoners Barley said they both took part; he opened the window and took the plants out and Daniels struck a light. They then thought better of it, and hearing a noise in the house they ran away. The Chairman warned the lads, and imposed a fine of 5s. and 10s. costs in each case.