Swan & Chequers16 Hightown
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Large, wood-panelled, town centre pub-partly open-plan. Was once a Kay's Atlas Brewery Ltd of Ardwick, Manchester pub, taken over by Robinson's in 1929. Some of the artifacts may be seen in the brickwork. Formerly a corn exchange it was rebuilt as the Swan Hotel by Kay's Brewery in 1893. The frontage has a terracotta plaque showing a beast holding a key in its mouth. In the terracotta tympanums above first floor windows are 'K' and 'beast and key' images; there are also several examples of the 'beast and key' in painted glass in both ground floor and first floor windows. It is believed that the 'beast and key' was an emblem of the Kay family.