Blunham Pubs : The Crown

By Bill Exley

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'The Crown' note the Sign, date unknown

15, 17 - The Hill, in 2001

The Crown Beerhouse - was halfway down The Hill and opposite the village Post Office / general store, (as was c1920s - '30s) ran by John Norman, with a Butchers' shop next door, served by Mr & Mrs Benbridge. . Later, c1968 - '69, to be F.S. Charteress and Son, (Mr, Mrs Frank & Anne Charteress) , then around the mid 1980s they retire and his son David and Sandra continue the business.

Today the Crown 'site' is 15, The Hill, but it was a 3 on the door from 1898 to - c1920's, - also called The Rose & Crown during 1854. This number change was due to newcomers to the village, infilling with new houses , but also leading to old cottages being 'demolished' all down the road, - but Not replaced, - It can be seen by the numbering of todays' homes, that - 21 to 71 / inclv. have just simply vanished, - 26 sites in all, around the locally known, Brickfields area , opposite Park Lane. (origin ? ? ) - Go to the bottom of The Hill and pick up the numbers to be seen today, 73 onwards all o/k . - o * o - . A Beerhouse (a Pub but no Bar) was given an Alehouse Lic. by the authorities. - For origins, see my ref 12 - via link to Misc & Mash

Perhaps this took place for more access to profitable Farming Land ? - For interest, see link below for more about Blunham 100yrs ago in the 1920's & 30's, through the Eyes of a child and his visits. . Re The Crown / Rose & Crown and the Samway family, see Blunham Memories : . * by Jim Ellis (via - Colin Hinson) - and very interesting too, with refs. to the ill fated R101 Airship he saw on his visits.

Blunham Memories : written by Jim Ellis * , Nov / 2011 at the age of 89 yrs. / / - b : 1922 / d : Sept-2020, aged 98yrs. - Astute Penman and a humorous man. See link, 6 lines up, or the Index page. He was employed as a Metallurgist for British Steel all his working life. He was the father of Julie Bennett and the grandson of James & Olivia Samway. - Sadly James passes away in Dec. of 1930 & then Olivia , aged 94yrs on - 30/04/1941. - (b. in 1847)

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RECORD OF LANDLORDS & TENANTS
 
   
Eliz. & Sara Reid , - Now selling Beer as an Alehouse 1854-1869
James & Eliz. Mary Samway - They later, have a son, also called James 1869-1895
1st. Licence granted - to the Rose & Crown - in - >
1872
Brewers now - Ann Day of - Day & Co. St Neots
 

James Samway, the son, now marries a Scots girl - called Olivia

 
Eliz, Mary Samway - (now a Widow) 1895-1898
Frank King 1898-1900
Wm. West Norman 1900-1912
. Now the Blunham population is 603 - Served by the Eight Pubs in - > 1909
Eliz. Norman - (Widow) 1912-1913
James Giggle - We still have James & Olivia Samway domicile
1913-1914
This Beerhouse now closes, and reverts to a 'Private Dwelling' - during - >
1919
James & Olivia Samway - c1921- (records scarce here) 1919-1941
James Samway , (ref, Jim Ellis, Grandson) - sadly passes away December - > 1930
Olivia Samway, b.1847 - now passes away , aged 94yrs on >
30/04-1941
1939 - 1945
Reginald and Phyllis Ashwell 1946-1969
Mrs Phyllis Ashwell (Widow) 1975-1976
Mrs Violet Allen 1976-1983
Alan & Teresa Williams 1983- ?
Edward, Eddie - Prior / Steam - Engine expert and skilled Engineer c1990's
See link above - Blunham Memories - written by Jim Ellis, at the age of 89yrs June / 2021
   
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THE SAMWAY CHRONICLES

James and Olivia Samway - c1890 - note The Butcher's Shop to the R.h.s. and the bedroom window to the L.h.s. - where a young Jim Ellis watched The R101 Airship, (1929 / 30) on trials over at Cardington. - (Sadly crashing in France - 5/10/30)

A History : of the Samway Family / 1869 - 1941 : from new information kindly sent in by Julie Bennett, (via Colin Hinson) , on 10/11/2011 . She is the Great Grand daughter of James & Olivia Samway (above) - and Daughter of Jim Ellis. - Author of Blunham Memories - a Nostalgic read.. Above Photo courtesy of Colin Hinson .

 


Last Revision made by Bill Exley on - / - 29th May - 2022

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