Legend has it that Robert Snooks had his traditional last drink at the Swan
Historically this Inn dates back to 1690, ever since Box Lane was a secluded shady track to Bovingdon. It was very much a favourite stopping place for wagoners carrying hay and timber. The horse trough that stood outside has been moved across the road onto the moor, where it still stands to this day.
During World War I the Inn adopted the nickname of ‘The Dear Boy’, which was directly attributable to the then licensee, a Mr Way, who was well known for his regular response to locals and regulars of ‘Thank you Dear Boy’, hence the nickname.