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THE SWAN IN BOXMOOR IS REBORN L


ike the graceful bird itself, the Swan in Boxmoor has taken flight into a new life. Now reborn as The Swan Antiques, Interiors


and Gardens, it is now home to 43 different retailers, offering a cornucopia of antiques, curios, vintage clothing and memorabilia, alongside services such as upholstery, interior furnishings and garden furniture. Perfectly positioned on the corner of London


Road and Box Lane, the former pub – which dates back to 1756 – has plenty of car park space and an extensive garden in which to showcase outdoor furniture and ornaments. Open from 10.00am to 5.30pm seven days a


week, visitors are also offered complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits – in line with the Swan‟s


history for hospitality and friendliness. The already successful venture – it opened on


March 21 – is the brainchild of Felden resident Janet Grainger, who has 20 years‟ experience in antiques and collectibles to her name: “Having rented space within existing shops for


many years, it has long been my dream to own somewhere that would become the perfect venue for specialist and general dealers – and offer a wonderful visitor experience. When I saw The Swan, it had all the ingredients – and judging by the response so far, it was worth the wait.” Janet has used every inch of the former pub‟s


three floors, including the cellar and garden to create bespoke spaces for retailers. It all means The Swan Antiques, Interiors and Gardens has something for everyone – paintings, jewellery, silver, toys, books, clocks, pop memorabilia, coins, specialist pens – as well as indoor and outdoor furniture and furnishings. “We have completely redecorated, but overall


the building was in a good state of repair, and as a Grade II-listed building, we have ensured we have preserved its heritage,” says Janet. Indeed, continuity is a theme of The Swan. In


centuries gone by, it was a favourite stopping place for waggoners carrying hay and timber as they travelled along the London Road. During the First World War it became one of the few pubs to have a nickname, becoming known as „The Dear Boys‟ – directly attributable to the licensee at the time, Mr Way, who responded „Thank you dear boy‟ to each patron in gratitude for their custom. So if you‟ve a passion for collecting, or you need


some interior design inspiration stop by The Swan Antiques, Interiors and Gardens.


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