The Swan Inn Lavenham, Suffolk is widely regarded as one of the finest examples of a medieval municipality.
The History of The Swan Inn
The Swan dates back to the 1400s, when it played a key role in Lavenham`s burgeoning wool trade. This is the archetypal medieval inn, with a timbered exterior and beamed ceilings and ancient walls reminiscent of a bygone age. During World War II its Garden Bar was a great favourite with American airmen stationed nearby, and many of their signatures are scrawled across the walls of the bar. Glen Miller, the bandleader, is even said to have stopped in for a drink before setting out on his last fateful flight.
Today, The Swan is a thriving Hotel where traditional oak beams and inglenook fireplaces blend with luxurious contemporary furnishings and fabrics to create the perfect ambiance in which to relax and savour Suffolk. The Old Bar boasts a wonderful collection of badges and signatures from grateful American airmen stationed at Lavenham during World War II.
The Haunted History of The Swan Inn
The inn`s benign ghost dates back to the 19th century when The Swan was in its heyday as a coaching inn and boasted stabling for over 50 horses. It is said that a housekeeper pregnant out of wedlock, and although the man responsible agreed to marry her, he had a last-minute change of heart and left her standing at the altar. The poor women is said to have hanged herself from one of the rafters in her room (what is now room 15). Another version of the tale claims that she became depressed when she was overlooked for a promotion. Whatever the cause of her despair, the outcome was the same.
Her ghost has remained behind to send shivers down the spine of those who cross her path. A security guard encountered her in 1991 and was scared of his wits. Several guests have also seen her sorrowful specter in room 15, and a nun who was staying there one night awoke with a start in the early hours when she felt the ghost tickling her feet!