Crown Street, HA1

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The Crown Inn, not to be confused with the nearby Crown and Anchor Inn on the High Street, was first licensed under that name in 1785, having, it is believed, previously been called the Plough, which was licensed 25 years previously. The road changed name sometime in the first half of the 19thCentury, a guide book to the area published in 1850 explains: “Hogarth Lane, commonly called Hog lane, but lately named Crown Street, branches off south east and southwards to the contiguous hamlets of Roxeth and Sudbury.” One reason may have been because of its appalling state of the road brought about by poor drainage which in 1867 was impassable for schoolchildren and was said to be a contributing factor to the local cholera epidemic of 1848. The Crown closed in 1896.

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