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Earliest 1828-

Crown Inn

Closed late 1980s

2 High Street


Crown Inn 1900

Above postcard 1900, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Crown 1930

Above postcard, circa 1930, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Crown Inn 1950

Above postcard, circa 1950.

Crown 1950

Above photo, circa 1950, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. Tamplin's being a brewery from Brighton in East Sussex.

Crown 1955

Above photo, circa 1955, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. Photo taken not long after Watney's took over Tamplin's Phoenix Brewery, Brighton, hence the dual livery.

Crown 1960

Above photo, circa 1960.

Crown 1966

Above photo, circa 1966, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Former Crown 2010

Above Google image, September 2010.


The building gained a Grade 2 listing on 10 September 1954.

The pub closed some time in the 1980s and is now residential.


From the Kent and Sussex Courier, Friday 9 January 1874.


Tuesday, Jan 6. Before Thomson Hankey, Esq. (in the chair), C. Powell, Esq., and Lord Hardinge.

Application for extension of time.

An extension of time was also granted to Mr. George Swift, of the "Crown Inn," Cowden, on the 22nd inst., the occasion of the Annual Tradesmen's Ball.


Kent & Sussex Courier, Friday 14 September 1877.

Applications for extension of time.

At the Tunbridge Petty sessions, on Tuesday, Mr. Chainey, the landlord of the "Gate House," Hildenborough, applied for an extra hour on the occasion of a supper at his house to tradesman's servants and others. He stated that he could not have the supper until 8:30 o'clock, and he closed at 10 o'clock. Those present would consist chiefly of coachman, who will be coming, several of them at least, from a distance, and could not leave their work and get to the house before 8 o'clock. He produced letters from Mr. Kemp and Mr. Greenfell, asking the Bench to grant him an extra hour.

David Coventry, of the "Crown Inn," Cowden, applied for leave to keep his house open until 3 o'clock on the occasion of a ball at Mr. Derbyshire's. He wished the extra time for accommodation of the servants.

The chairman thought the house might be kept open for the shelter of the servants without there being supplied with beer.
Mr. Hankey thought that so long as the house was opened they were bound to supply.

The Bench adjourned to consider both applications, and on their return the Chairman said: The Bench have carefully considered these matters, and they have determined having regard to their rule already announced to refuse both these applications. It is, however, open to the applicants to consider that after the usual hours of closing they can keep their houses open for the purpose of shelter, and the sale of other than intoxicated liquors.

Mr. Hankey:- Do you understand what the feeling of the Bench is?

Mr. Coventry:- That we are not to keep open for the sale of liquors after 10 o'clock.

Mr. Homersham Cox:- You may sell tea and coffee.

The Chairman:- We don't say you can.

Mr. Harrison Cox:- We don't say you cannot sell tea and coffee, but we have no power to say you can.



WALLIS James 1828-32+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34

LASHMAR James 1858+

SIMES Jesse to July/1859 Sussex Advertiser

EDWARDS Obediah Next pub licensee had July/1859-July/61 (age 29 in 1861Census) Sussex Advertiser

MARSHALL John James July/1861+

MOTHERSOLE John James 1862+

CLAPSON John to July/1874 Next pub licensee had Kent and Sussex Courier

SWIFT George 1874-Feb/1877

COVENTRY David Feb/1877+

WALLIS Albert (age 30 in 1881Census)

EVISON Charles Hatch 1900-13+ Kelly's 1903

MAY Daisy Mrs 1922+

BURLEY S Mrs 1938+


Pigot's Directory 1828-29From the Pigot's Directory 1828-29

Pigot's Directory 1832-34From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


Sussex AdvertiserSussex Advertiser


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