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CROWN STREET
DISS HUNDRED FULL LICENCE  
DISS LICENCE REGISTERS 1794 & PS 16/5/1 (1928 - 1969)
DISS BREWERY   
LACONS  
GERTRUDE HYDE BAKER  
BARCLAYS BANK 11.04.1935
BULLARDS  
WATNEY MANN 1969
BRENT WALKER 03.1988 (Old Crown)
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PUNCH TAVERNS by 2005
Licensees :
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TIMOTHY LAYTE (?) 1789 - 1794
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JOHN BROWNING 1822 - 1830
J ALECOCK 1836
ROBERT BYRAM WINKUP
(Also found as Wincup)
1839 - 1847
JOHN LANE
(Mrs Lane died 3rd September 1851)
Died 15th June 1853, age 42, after ` a long affliction'. He was then living with his brother-in-law, Mr. Norfolk, at Churchgate Street, Bury.
1850 - 1851
WILLIAM ROGERS 1854 - 1856
Mrs SARAH ROGERS 1858
ROBERT HOWES
& farming 40 acres
See below
1861 - 1877
FREDERICK BRINKLEY 1879 - 1883
GEORGE SIMON PANKS
Died Q1 1896 - age 49
1887 - 1896
.Mrs JANE PANKS 1896 - 1903
EDGAR SPANTON WRIGHT
(Local agent for Lacons)
13.05.1903
SIDNEY WILLIAM BUCKLE
(Local agent for Lacons)
13.04.1904
WILLIAM TOBIT PESKETT 1908 - 1909
ERNEST SLADE 1912 - 1920
ALFRED JAMES LEGGE 1922
HAROLD JOHN COOPER by 1925
GERTRUDE HYDE BAKER 24.06.1925
GERTRUDE HYDE PEPPER 07.08.1927
WILLIE ALLEN
(Provisional transfer from 26.03.1930)
09.04.1930
DOUGLAS OLIVER BAKER 11.04.1935
(EDWARD BINGE manager) (1937)
ALFRED DUFFIELD undated
CYRIL HENRY STURGEON 10.10.1946
FLORENCE MAY STURGEON 19.10.1950
ALFRED GEORGE CHALKLEY 16.10.1952 to October 1955
JOHN C CLARKE 20.10.1955
WILLIAM LESLIE BALLS by 1958
DEREK CHARLES ARMES by 1969
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As well as running the Crown, Mr. Howes had a responsible position at the Upper Brewery when it was the business carried out by the late Mr. Thomas Loomb Taylor.
After leaving the Crown, Mr. and Mrs. Howes took up farming and lived on the road to Wortham Ling. They then retired to a pretty villa in Scole.
On Tuesday 30th June 1891, Mrs. Sarah Howes committed suicide by putting a towel around her neck and hanging from the foot of a bedstead. She was 74 years of age. Her doctor confirmed that he had seen her some days previously and was concerned about her state of mind.
Suicide whilst of unsound mind was the verdict of the jury.

Diss Crown - 20.07.1996
July 1996

Mr Alecock advertised the house available to let, with immediate possession, since he was about to retire - 27th August 1836.

On the night of Saturday 21st November 1863, the premises were broken into. The following morning it was discovered that one bottle of brandy, one of cloves and one of whiskey had been taken.  Police-sergeant Boutell at once suspected the under-ostler at the Crown, William Harrison. Comparing his boots with footmarks in the yard, under the window that had been broken to gain entry, they were found to match exactly. Harrison was committed to trial at the next assizes.

Rebuilt 1878

A presentation was made at the Crown Hotel on Wednesday 19th October 1955, to Mr. and Mrs. A. Chalkley, who left the hotel to live in Norwich.
Mr. Chalkley was a former West Ham United footballer.

Advertised as a Family & Commercial Hotel in early 1900's.

Briefly called TOFFS in 1980's before
reverting to the OLD CROWN.

Later the CROWN

 

See p7 Memories of Old Diss by Dennis Cross, published 1994