Support Our Swan
The Swan in Clewer, Windsor has been closed for over three years. We now own it and have started the required renovation work required. Our vision is to restore it as a local pub, a real community hub and as a social enterprise assisting young people with additional needs. However, The Swan needs significant work by us - this is being funded by the local community.
Save The Date - Saturday 8th June
We have another day planned where supporters and the local community can come along and help restore The Swan to its' former glory. There is only one session, probably starting at 9am. You must complete a brief safety induction before commencing work on site. As before you must pre-register before the event. Details will be published very soon - watchout for news here, or by email and social media.
This will be followed by another fundraising BBQ with beer in the evening.
Progress with the Renovation
Quick update with progress as of 10th May.
Work to the bar area and toilets has continued apace this week, and the concrete pad stones which will support the structural steels have been completed. This is an important milestone for the project, and is the result of a lot of hard work and skill from our builders and volunteers alike.
There are myriad small jobs which need to be undertaken across the site, which would suit volunteers of all shapes and sizes! This week we had hardy volunteers removing barrow loads of unearthed rubble, others preparing for the heating engineers to come in, while up in the school room preparations for decorating have continued.
As always, we offer our warmest thanks to those who have contributed their time and energy to the project, and we welcome anyone who can offer more of the same
New support walls built by Paul the Brickie
Break time from preparing for the new tanks
Main bedroom ready for filming
See our previous weekly updates in The Renovation Diary which we are creating.
The Swan Heroes
We have the help of some very special people and businesses. we would not be able to make so much progress at such a cost without them. This is vital for the renovation so it doesn't spiral out of control.
See our heroes here.
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Soaked in history
The Swan always been more than just a watering hole for thirsty locals. Situated on Mill Lane within the Clewer Village area of Windsor, it's a leisurely 20 minute walk from Windsor Castle. The Swan dates from the 18th century, and during its long history has served as a coaching inn and courthouse. It's also been known variously as The Swan Inn and The Swan Hotel too.
According to local folklore, there is a tunnel linking The Swan to the local church of St Andrews. There is a debris filled hole within the pub which is claimed to be the entrance. Whether this is true, or one of the Victorian pranks common in Windsor, is unclear. Around the 1870s, the coroner held inquests and post mortems at The Swan for those that had drowned in the nearby Thames. It is said that the last journey of those unfortunate souls was through the tunnel to the church.
Being close to the Thames Path for walkers, National Routes 4 and 61 for cyclists, and the Royal Windsor Racecourse means that this community hub is never too far from the action. It finally closed in 2016.
Now it's our turn to open its doors and write the next chapter in its long-standing history.