59A Cornmarket (The Crown Inn)

Passageway to the Crown

The Crown stands back from the street between 58 and 59 Cornmarket, and was originally numbered 58A (or 58½), but later settled on the number 59A. It is the only surviving pub in Cornmarket.

The Crown in February 2009

(The Crown Inn should not be confused with the original Crown Inn at 3 Cornmarket
on the other side of the road, which ceased to be a public house in the 1830s)

This pub at 59A was a private house from 1032 to 1220. It then became known as Drapery Hall.

In 1364 it became Spicer's Inn, named after William le Spicer and his family.

It became the Crown Inn in 1600, and its size is indicated by the fact that in 1666 it had fifteen hearths. The Morrell family acquired it in 1672.

It became a coaching inn in the eighteenth century.

The Crown at 59A Cornmarket listed in directories etc.


The Crown

Crown Yard


Subject to university wine licences

1823: George Allen

1830: John Bradley

1835–1845: Barrington Buggins

1846–1848: William Noyes

1850–1867: William Peter Walker Hebborn

1872: Mrs Hebborn

1880: Mrs Betts

1881–1890: Henry Taylor

1895–1902: James Alfred Whiting

1911, 1914: John Taylor

1921–1928: George Gardner
(also the “Candied Friend” restaurant in 1928)

1932–1954: Benjamin Percy Bolt

1956–1960: Alfred James William Smith

1962 onwards: listed simply as “Crown Inn”

Richard Sanders
Smith & Farrier
in 1839


In the Censuses


William P. W. Hebborn (25), who was born in Frilford, is the innkeeper of the Crown. He is living with his wife Sarah (27) and their baby Mary (6 months). Also living on the premises are an ostler and two female servants.


William P. W. Hebborn (35) is still here with his wife Sarah (38) and their children Mary (1), Fred (9), Harry (8), Frank (3), William (1), and Charles (9 months). They have three servants (two female and one male) and one visitor staying.


The licensed victualler here is Henry Taylor (42), living with his wife Maria (40) and daughter (8). They have two boarders (an inn ostler and a college servant) and two visitors (a grocer’s assistant and a general labourer).

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