This is the Last Will and Testament of me George ADAMS of Dorchester in the County of Dorset victualler (that is to say)
I give: devise and bequeath unto John BROWN of Dorchester aforesaid Solicitors Clerk and William TRIPP of the same place Grocer All Those my two Cottages or dwelling houses gardens and appurtenances in the occupation of Richard DAVIS Mason now used as a Beer House and called the 'SWAN INN'
Swan Inn in Mill Lane Fordington from prior to 1845 (1)
Also: all those my other two Cottages or Dwelling Houses gardens and Appurtenances in the several occupation of William PAYNE carpenter and James GAWLER Labourer. All which said several Cottages gardens and Premises are situate in Mill Street in the Parish of Fordington in the said County of Dorset And all other my houses land and hereditaments situate in the said parish of Fordington. To hold the same with their appurtenances unto the said John BROWN and William TRIPP and the survivor of them and the heirs and assigns of such survivor Upon the trusts following (that is to say) Upon trust to receive the rents and profits thereof as and when the same shall become due and after paying there out the necessary expense attending the repairs of the said cottages and Premises and keeping the same insured against loss or damage by fire to pay the remainder of such rents and profits unto my dear wife Sarah and during the term of her natural life or otherwise permit and allow her to receive the same to and for her own sole and separate use independently of any husband she may marry and her receipt alone shall be sufficient discharge to my said Trustees.
All the rest and residue: of my goods chattels money and securities for money personal estate and effects of every sort and kind I give and bequeath the same and every part thereof unto my said Wife her executors administrators and assigns for her and their own absolute use and benefit. I declare that the receipt of my said Trustees for any money payable to him or them by virtue of the trusts of this my Will shall fully exonerate all persons paying the same from all liability in respect of all application thereof I declare that if the said trustee or either of them shall disclaim or they or either of them or any trustees or trustee to be appointed under this clause shall die decline or become incompetent to act as trustees or trustee of this my Will it shall be lawful for my said Wife during her life and after her decease for my said daughter and after her decease of the survivor of them my said Wife and daughter for the trustees or trustee for the time being of this my Will competent to act whether disclaiming or declining further to act or not by any instrument in writing to appoint any person or persons to be trustees or trustee in the place of the trustees or trustee disclaiming dying or declining or becoming incompetent to act And I further declare that such new trustee shall have the same powers in all respects as the trustees hereby appointed And I further declare that the trustees or trustee for the time being of this my Will shall not be answerable for each others acts or receipts nor for any losses happening without their own respective wilful default and shall be at liberty to retain and allow to each other all expenses incident to the execution of the trusts and powers of this my Will
And Lastly: I hereby appoint my said Wife Sole Executrix of this my Last Will and Testament and direct her from and out of my monies and personal estate hereinbefore bequeathed to her to pay and discharge all my just debts and funeral expenses
In Witness whereof: I have to this my Last Will and Testament contained in two sheets of paper to the first sheet thereof set my hand and to this last sheet my hand and seal the sixth day of September in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty five
Signed George ADAMS
Signed sealed published and declared by the said
Wm. [William] BRIDGE Sol [Solicitor] Dorchester
Over time managers of the Inn changed and by 1871 the Swan Inn was being run by a 28 year old man named Isaac PITFIELD and his wife Mary. Richard DAVIS and his family had left to run the 'Exhibition Hotel' at the other end of Mill Street. The Post Office Directory for 1875 gives the proprietor as William MEADER but by the time of the next census (1881) the Innkeeper was Sarah FRANKLIN a 77 year old widow who ran the Inn with her son Thomas and his wife. Eight years later there has been another change with Kelley's Directory for 1889 showing the Swan Inn proprietor to be Arthur PLAYER who was then only 26 years old. We know from the 1891 Census that he was a native of Dorchester and married with 2 young children. By the time of the 1895 Directory the Inn had been taken over by William EMERTON junior but he does not seem to have lasted very long as the 1901 Census shows the Swan Inn proprietor as George SCOTT a 37 year old man who was running the Public House with his wife Harriet and 3 children. He was still there in 1915.