The Crown, 116 Cloudesley Road, Islington, London N1

From: Clerkenwell & Islington Pubs (2017), by Johnny Homer:

“Plans for the development of the Cloudesley Estate, named after Tudor mover and shaker Richard Cloudesley, who once owned much land locally, were first mooted in 1812. Cloudesley Place came first with Cloudesley Square laid out in 1825, dominated by Sir James Barry’s Holy Trinity Church, which owes more than a passing nod to King’s College, Cambridge, and does rather overshadow all around it.

“Cloudesley Square was begun in 1825 by carpenter John Emmett, who leased land from the Cloudesley Estate and built along the Liverpool Road from 1824 to 1826. A hexagonal railed garden at the centre of the square surrounds Holy Trinity Church by Sir Charles Barry, built 1826-29, the third of his Islington churches. The square is named after 16th-century landowner Richard Cloudesley, who gave land to the church. The church’s stained glass east window of 1828 shows Cloudesley kneeling. Holy Trinity was the district church until the 1850s, when it was replaced by St Andrew’s at Thornhill Crescent.” (London Gardens Trust)

Cloudesley Road followed a little later and there are records of a hostelry, probably where today’s Crown is sited, certainly as early as 1837. The current building dates from the late nineteenth century. It’s a modest but elegant affair and one of north London’s finest surviving examples of a largely intact late Victorian public house. It was Grade II listed in 1994.”

From the Historic England entry:

“Public house. Late C19. Yellow brick set in Flemish bond with dressings of red brick, stone and terracotta; roof obscured by parapet. Three storeys over basement, four windows to Cloudesley Road and three to Cloudesley Square, which are the principal fronts. In the ‘Queen Anne’ style. Ground-floor pub frontage framed by Corinthian pilasters of grey and pink polished granite. Two entrances in Cloudesley Square, flat-arched with small scrolled pediments over, that to the right no longer used, that to the left having panelled doors and glass engraved ‘SALOON BAR’;

chamfered corner entrance with scrolled pediment

“a corner entry door under a decorative chamfer, which offers protection for the doorway while negotiating the full corner above” (Coleman Architecture)

and double panelled doors engraved ‘THE CROWN’; entrance in Cloudesley Road altered; flat-arched windows between above panelled plinth, the lower panels of the windows and small toplights having engraved glass; fascia and dentil cornice; red brick quoins to upper floors; first-floor windows segmental-arched with heads of gauged red brick under a linking cornice, while those to the second floor have aprons, sill band and flat-arched heads all of gauged red brick; frieze of gauged red brick with festoons in terracotta panels; dentil cornice; external stack to Cloudesley Square with ogee profile and panels of red herringbone brick; parapet.

The interior has features which could be of late C19 or early C20 date, notably panelled dado, panels and frieze of moulded and glazed tile, relief-moulded ceiling,

island bar front

and glazed screens;

but they may be replacement designs in whole or part.”

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