Swan pinner

Stramshall had a swan pinner. In 1831 William Allsop sought reimbursement for taking his oath as constable and for John Ward taking his oath as swan pinner.

This poses several questions. Did the role involve what its title suggests? Were swans a particular nuisance in Stramshall? Was it an honorific title – a legacy of former times? Did other places have swan pinners?

Early research has drawn a blank so far….

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