The Crown Inn, once a Hitchman’s of Chipping Norton tied house, was located immediately to the right of the Curfew Tower in the centre of Moreton on the Fosse Way (A429) and Oxford Street (A44) junction. The Crown Inn closed in 1921.

The Black Bear to the left, the site of the Crown Inn to the right.

Albert Edmunds, the last licensee, kept a large white parrot in the bar which was infamous for its swearing. For many years the premises was used as a car show room but it is now occupied by North Cotswolds Insurance Services.

Licensing Details:

Owner in 1891: Hitchman & Co., Chipping Norton

Rateable value in 1891: £18.0s.0d.

Type of licence in 1891: Alehouse

Owner in 1903: Hitchman & Co., Chipping Norton

Rateable value in 1903: £31.0s.0d.

Type of licence in 1903: Alehouse

Closing time in 1903: 11pm

Landlords at the Crown Inn include:

1821 Richard Mealings

1856 Henry Wells

1863 Edwin Wood

1879,1885 Thomas Lamb

1891 Elizabeth Lamb

1902,1906 Allan Robert Holbeach

1914 Harry Ernest Wood

1921 Albert Edmunds

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