Swan Road, SE18

Place name

As with Leda Road, Swan Road is named after the protagonists in the Greek myth Leda and the Swan which tells the story of the mortal, Leda, being seduction by god Zeus while in the form of a swan. According to later Greek mythology, Leda bore Helen and Polydeuces, children of Zeus, while at the same time bearing Castor and Clytemnestra, children of her husband Tyndareus, the King of Sparta. This was laid out on the former Royal Dockyard which by 1900 was used as War Department Stores. It is one of a number of streets associated with Greek mythology around Woolwich.


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