The Crown

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Information about The Crown Inn including Wilfrid Sheldon's recollections and Fred Naish's recollections - including visits by the Prince of Wales with the College Beagles.

Crown Inn. This dates from 1544 when John Parsons of Cowley was the landlord.. Stage coaches used to travel down High Street from Oxford and Wycombe to the Crown, where there was space for changing of horses and stabling. As was often the case the earlier owners combined the businesses of farming and owning an inn and this was the case here. The Crown Hotel or Crown Inn was located on the coaching route until this changed at the end of the 18th century when the business declined and the Crown Inn built the Crown tap on Church Road accessed from the new London Road route by a lane called 'Office Lane' as this was where the auctioneer’s office was in the little lane opposite the doctor's house and the horses and carts used to come down there from the main road to the auctioneer’s office.

Until 1909, there was a pig, sheep, and cattle market held once a month in the Crown yard on a Tuesday.

The Crown Inn is understood to have given up its licence in 1938. It was converted into two dwellings by Cullums the builders.

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