Commercial Street, off Bath Road, was known as Union Street South in 1926 reference. There were at least two pubs in Commercial Street, the Lamb and Flag being the other.
William Stone Lane was the owner of the Little Crown in 1891 and he ran it as a free house with no brewery tie. The Little Crown was a humble beer house with an annual rateable value of £23.15s.0d. It is likely that William was approached by the Nailsworth Brewery Company for a possible sale as it was in their ownership in 1903. The annual rateable value increased by one pound and fifteen shillings to £25.10s.0d.
The Little Crown closed down in 1980. I can recall it being a very small traditional back street corner local and it sold excellent West Country P.A. on handpump.
It has been converted into veterinary surgeons and was regularly seen on the BBC programme ‘Vets in Practice’.
Landlords at the Little Crown include:
1870 John Philipps
1891 Clement Press
1903 Arthur William Ryder
1926 Alfred Thomas Matthews
1939 Alfred William Small