History

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The Hotel has recently been purchased by The Westbrook Hotel Company Ltd and is located in the market town of Faringdon, This boutique-style hotel offers spacious rooms with flat-screen TVs and free on-site parking.

 

The Old Crown is a Grade 2 listed, 16C coaching inn, re-fronted in Georgian times. There is a cobbled courtyard from which there is a fine example of an Elizabethan external stairway, called the Judge’s Staircase, one of only two such remaining in England. This gave access to Manorial Courts which sat in the courtroom on the first floor, now a hotel room suitably named the Court Room (our suite room). It is said that Judge Jeffreys, appointed as Lord Chancellor and judge by James II, held a court here after the Monmouth Rebellion in 1685, when he hanged four or five local residents. Thereafter, Jefferys became known as the Hanging Judge.

 

The stained glass window in the downstairs bar is probably 14th Century glass and features a Lancastrian red rose which predates the Battle of Bosworth in 1485 (after which the Yorkist and Lancastrian houses merged under the Tudors). Some other windows have the emblem of Queen Eleanor of Castile (widow of Edward I) who died in 1214.

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In the Civil War (1642-1651) between Parliamentarians and Royalists, Faringdon became a strongly defended garrison town under the Royalist’s Commander Colonel Lisle protecting King Charles and his forces at Oxford. A tunnel leading off towards the church from the Crown cellars, and then to Wadley Manor, enabled Royalist soldiers in the Civil War to move in safety.

There were many such coaching inns throughout the country with the Old Crown sitting on the route from Bristol to Birmingham. After unhitching from the carriages, the horses were led through the archway to stables at the rear. These buildings are still here today, and can be seen from our car park.  

The hotel is ideally positioned to explore Faringdon's picturesque streets and the surrounding Cotswolds’ countryside. The town centre has attractions including Folly Tower, All Saints Church and Buscot Park. 

On the doorstep of Faringdon and the hotel you will be able to enjoy an unlimited range of activities. To list a few - you can walk, run, cycle, swim, shoot, golf, yoga, tennis, tune up your chef skills at cookery schools or simply relax in a nearby spa. Head to our explore page to find out more.