It is believed that the building that now houses The Rose and Crown was originally a detached hunting lodge of the Queen Anne period dating back to 1650 and we are trying to discover more about this aspect of the pub’s history.
The first mention of the pub as being The Rose & Crown is found on deeds held by the Surrey History Centre and is dated 1753.
In the 1890s the pub was owned by Nevile Reid brewers and then by Noakes and Co until Courage took it over in 1930.
We do have some interesting evidence of the pub’s more recent history; in “The Detailed Return of Fully Licensed Houses and Beer Houses” for the County of Surrey dated February 1892 we learn that The Rose and Crown at Thorpe Green was fully licensed and owned by Nevile Reid & Co. The residing Licensee was Henry Herbert Rushing. The pub was not tied to a brewery and did not offer accommodation or stabling facilities. It was 3/4 of a mile from the nearest pub, The Railway Hotel Ale House. The Return has a fascinating final column in which for each pub they list “Inter alia the characteristic of the persons frequenting the House”. In the case of The Rose and Crown, it is said to be “Respectable working class”. This is in contrast to other pubs in the area which are said to be frequented by “tramps and convicted thieves” and ” a mostly low class of people; poachers”!
In the same publication for the year 1904, we find that the owner is still Nevile Reid & Co but that the Licensee is now Charles Pontin. Apart from “Intoxicants”, the pub offered refreshment by way of tea, food and minerals. Three rooms were available for sleeping accommodation and they could provide stabling for six horses. Sadly, the column referring to the characteristic of the clientele has been dropped in favour of one which lists the toilet facilities available at each site. We therefore learn that in 1904 The Rose and Crown possessed one W.C and one urinal!
The Pub had very active men’s and ladies’ darts teams during the 1930s – 1950s and between them they won a number of tournaments and trophies.
During the Second World War, the 30–strong Thorpe Home Guard Unit met at the Rose & Crown for briefings and talks.
Further information and a delightful collection of old photographs can be found in Jill Williams’ excellent publication “The Thorpe Picture Book” available from The Egham Museum, price £5.95. Egham Museum, First Floor, Literary Institute, High Street, Egham TW20 9EW 01784 434483
If you have any further information or old photos relating to our pub’s history – we’d love to hear from you! Please contact Debbie Eke on 01483 762 378 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org