The Crown pub in North Scale, Walney Island, is getting ready to celebrate their 150th anniversary in style on Saturday 8th August from 11am.
Licensees Mike and Marie Elliot are preparing to welcome friends, regulars and families to the all day celebration with a BBQ, poetry, intimate live music sets and open mic sessions.
Marie said: “Whilst we are proud to call The Crown our home, it’s also a home to our regulars, some of whom have been drinking here for over 30 years. When we saw that this year would be 150 years since the original pub was constructed, we felt it was only fitting to hold a celebration fit for royalty.”
The Robinsons pub, which received a refurbishment from the Stockport brewer in 2014, dates back to 1865 when it was originally constructed; making it one of the oldest pubs on the island.
The first record was when Mr William Housby, originally a shoemaker, bought the piece of land that the pub would be constructed on from Reverend John Troughton in February 1839. William and his wife Mary had a large family with nine children. Their third child, John, is considered to be the very first innkeeper of The Crown when the pub was constructed. Following the death of their mother and father, in 1871 and 1875 respectfully, Frances, the youngest of the nine children, went to live at The Crown.
Frances would marry Robert Troughton in March 1878 and records show that they became the proprietors of The Crown in 1881 until Robert’s death in 1892. Frances would marry and separate again during the early 1900’s; a sign of her strong independence especially at time when divorce was not common place.
Frances passed away, aged 86, in early 1942, having spent several decades at the helm of the pub. The lineage of The Crown continues with Mike and Marie – the latest in a long line of licensees who have call The Crown their home.
The publican duo will be welcoming customers from 11am with stalls and pony rides. The Coulton Brothers will be kicking off the celebration at 3pm with live music from Charlotte Ducie, Shed Sessions, The Dales, West Side Dukes and Sancho throughout the day.
There will also be a live poetry reading by Mark Ward along with traditional fayre games to be enjoyed by the whole family.
“We’re looking forward to welcoming everyone on the day” said Mike. “We hope we can give The Crown a party fitting for such a historical anniversary.”