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The Swan Ley Hill
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Our History

Built in circa 1520 and 1680 the timber framed building consists of three cottages with five extensions, oak beamed ceilings and pillars, a kitchen range and an Inglenook fireplace. Research has shown that The Swan is believed to be the oldest pub in Buckinghamshire.

The Swan was an ale house (selling only beer) for most of its life and became a pub in the early 20th century. The pub is known for its association with the last requests of condemned prisoners, on their way to the nearby gallows, for "a last & final ale". There are many tales of ghosts, but we have yet to confirm any "happenings".

The "Snug" has been a Jug & Bottle for most of the life of the pub, and in the 30's, 40's & 50's it was a sub post office. Clark Gable, James Stewart and Glen Miller were frequent visitors during WWII, and signed photographs were displayed in the bar for many years. It seems they cycled from Bovingdon airbase!