Originally in the ownership of the Bell family, it was sold to Nimmo’s Brewery for £2000 – a fine old coaching inn with blacksmiths shop and livery stables attached. Horse drawn carriages changed horses here and continued their journey northwards, collecting and leaving mail for the local distribution. The field behind the Inn was used to graze the horses. There’s still an old Victorian post box built into the front of the building.
The original blacksmith shop was demolished to make way for a new road scheme, however, it transpired that the demolition need not have happened. The blacksmiths shop was then transferred to the end stable. When the shop eventually closed, most of the tools and contents were re-housed in Preston Park Museum. In horse-drawn days, the Black Swan was a toll-bar and when the present A19 was being constructed, many old coins were unearthed.