The tri-gabled Cotswold stone Crown Inn dates back to 1693. It was originally called the Angel.
The Crown Inn was the starting point of the historic Woolsack Races held at Whitsuntide every year when participants carry 60lb or 30lb wool sacks on their backs downhill from the Crown Inn to the Royal Oak – a distance of 225 metres. The return journey up the hill is considerably more demanding!
Wilts & Glos Standard, 18th July 2013 – £500,000 offers sought for historic Crown Inn: An historic Tetbury pub dating back to the 17th century which has been closed for more than a year is back on the market. The Grade II listed Crown Inn on Chipping Street, which includes a restaurant and three guest bedrooms, is being offered on a freehold basis by property consultants James A Baker with offers starting at £500,000.
Wilts & Glos Standard, 30th January 2014 – Empty pub’s a mystery: A Councillor is puzzled why a popular pub in Tetbury has remained closed for over a year. In an effort to attract new tenants to the Crown Inn on Gumstool Hill, owners Enterprise Inns have refurbished the inside of the Grade II listed building but there has been no interest from anyone wanting to take over the lease. Kevin Painter, of Tetbury Town Council, said: “It is a shame something so prominent in the town has been closed for so long. It is ideally located, it has a free car park at the back. It just does not make any sense.”
A spokesman for Enterprise Inns explained the company was advertising the pub on a free-of-tie basis and it is currently on the open market with no restrictions on its future use. The company announced at the beginning of last year that it expected the venue to have been open in time for the annual Woolsack Races last May.
The Crown has now permanently closed.
Owner in 1891: Messrs N. & W. Cook, Tetbury Brewery
Rateable value in 1891: £13.15s.0d.
Type of licence in 1891: Alehouse
Owner in 1903: Messrs N. & W. Cook, Tetbury Brewery
Rateable value in 1903: £16.15s.0d.
Type of licence in 1903: Alehouse
Closing time in 1903: 11pm
Landlords at the Crown include:
1856 W. Lock
1885 William Lock
1891 E. T. Mann
1903 Ernest William Mann
1906 Ernest Mann
1913 E.W. Mann
1919 Alfred Townsend
1927 Rt. Charles Plank
1939 Charles Edward Bowsher
1978 Alan and Pat Markham
1998 Nick Clarke