c1797 – 1907
34-36 High Street & 39 High Street.
Having been The Angel Inn for decades under Jeremiah Bright, it became the Crown & Star sometime after 1796, and he continued to run it until he died in 1835 at the age of 75, when his daughter-in-law, Mary, took over. It was a popular venue for the horse racing fraternity in the 1820s and 30s. Horses had to be registered at the Crown & Star Inn for the Bishop’s Castle Races at the race course up at The Moat and supper and wine was supplied at the premises afterwards.
It became Robert Norton’s Wine & Spirits Vaults and Ironmongers premises c1850, see stoneware Wine Jar above. The licence was transferred in 1900 by his son, Marcus Norton, across the road to 39 High Street but by 1907 these premises were “in a deplorable state”, and deemed redundant by the authorities so its licence was revoked. No.s 34-36 was until recently Davies’s ironmongers shop.
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