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Thread: Swan With Two Necks - Worcester - should be Two Nicks

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    Default Swan With Two Necks - Worcester - should be Two Nicks

    Swan With Two Necks
    28 New Street
    Worcester
    WR1 2DP

    This pub is actually called The Swan With Two Nicks rather than Necks.
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    Hi Rob,

    We have corrected the name of Swan With Two Nicks, I'm not sure that name makes any more sense to me though.

    Thanks for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Conrad View Post
    Hi Rob,

    We have corrected the name of Swan With Two Nicks, I'm not sure that name makes any more sense to me though.

    Thanks for that.
    Here's why

    THE SWAN WITH TWO NICKS
    THE MEANING BEHIND THE NAME

    In medieval times many men were employed to farm huge flocks of swans known as 'games' for the powerful city guilds and influential families who had been granted the right, by Royal charter, to eat the Royal bird.

    At the time of Elizabeth 1st, there were 900 licensed game birds, each with its own distinguishing mark. The turkey was then discovered and the swans fell from favour.

    Today only two city companies have the licenses to mark Swans (the licenses to do so having been granted around 1550) and the guilds are the Dyers and Vintners.

    In the morning the annual ritual starts when the new seasons crop of cygnets are caught and marked. Men dressed in their respective liveries of red, green and blue with swan feather cockades in their hats, carrying their heraldic banners to make the long pull up the river.

    There are six skiffs in all. Two are for the Dyers, two for the Vintners and two under the command of the Swan Keeper to the Queen, who owns half the swans on the river

    The Dyers swans are marked with one nick on the beak, whilst the Vintners have two
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    Ok that is actually remarkably interesting, thanks for that.

    I am now living in dread of the day that the pub gets taken over and someone comes up with the nice original name of "28"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Conrad View Post
    Ok that is actually remarkably interesting, thanks for that.

    I am now living in dread of the day that the pub gets taken over and someone comes up with the nice original name of "28"
    As in Two Eight Two Woo? I think you'll find that's owls Conrad
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    If only most people involved in pub naming were that clever, sadly this is where JDW do excel, they generally find interesting name for their pubs.

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