There was a pub called The Crown Inn in the village as far back as the 1870s,
but it has possibly stood in two different locations.
The first record I have of The Crown is the 1870s
Kelly's Directory. The drawing top left shows a pub called 'The Crown' on
Corby Road, on the right hand side just up from the shop. Not sure of the date
on this drawing, but it is definitely post 1850.
There is no record of The Crown in the 1890s but, by 1901, The Crown was located
on the corner of Rockingham Road and School Lane where it stood until it was
closed and demolished in the 1960s. This Crown didn't have a spirits' license -
and only sold beer.
The photograph top right shows the Rockingham Road Crown (on the right in
front of the pub sign), with the original Spread Eagle in the background. The
building between the Spread Eagle and The Crown is the old
manor house, which stood on the site of the Spread Eagle car park.
Kelly's Directory - James Simpson
Harrod & Co Directory - J
1901 Census - Alfred Buswell (beer
keeper) and his wife Louisa
Directory - Alfred Buswell
- John Patrick
- James Slanger (or Stanger)