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.

The Swan, circa 1914

Legend has it that Robert Snooks the last highwayman to be hanged in England, had his traditional last drink at the Swan, not far from the spot where he was executed and buried on 11th March 1802. His headstone can still be seen close by.


Swan Antiques Interiors & Gardens
London Road
Boxmoor, Hemel Hempstead


Email: swanantiquesboxmoor@zoho.com
Phone: 01442 239100
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