Hidden secrets at The Crown

A brand new book uncovers the pub’s unique history.

Step aside The Queen Vic and The Rovers Return, The Crown in Bridgnorth has made its publishing debut in a brand-new book titled ‘A History of The Crown’. The pub has a fantastic history and the new book leaves no stone unturned, allowing locals to indulge in the stories and secrets. Written by local historian Clive Gwilt – who has spent the past 40 years uncovering the untold truths of Bridgnorth – it unravels some hidden mysteries.

The premises was first licensed in 1710 and was used for the Courts Quarterly Sessions in the 1720s. By the end of the 18th century, it became known as the Crown Inn and Royal Hotel, or Crown and Royal for short. There was a small theatre at the rear of the building called the Cockpit Theatre, which was used for cockfighting (a sport where two cocks fight each other!).

In 1894, The Crown and adjourning Raven Hotel were purchased by Broadway Brewery and it became The Crown and Raven – it was the only AA 2 Star rated hotel in Bridgnorth. After a refit in 1968, the Crown and Raven reopened as just a pub!

Operator Andrew said: “We’re really excited to be featured in the book. The Crown has such an interesting background and I can’t wait for our locals to read all about it and delve into the history, whilst enjoying a drink or two.”

The book is available to buy behind the bar, now!


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