Originally a cottage with a blacksmiths shop next door, The Swan began life as an “ale house” in 1842, consisting of a sitting room, parlour and bar area (men only). Its owner, John Whitfield Thompson, sold it to Newcastle Breweries in 1897 where the site was demolished and then re-built as the present “Swan Inn”. It was opened up again on Christmas Eve 1899 by Mr George Reay (landlord) as a beer house.
Village rumour has it that Bertha, who was George Reay’s daughter and took over the pub after his death, is a ghost in the pub as her saying was always “I will never leave this pub”. And for many years, villagers referred to the ‘Bertha Reays pub’, rather than ‘The Swan’.
Heddon On The Wall, Heddon-On-The-Wall, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Northumberland,
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