History of The Crown and Penn Village

A Grade II listed building, The Crown is thought to be one of two alehouses recorded in Penn in 1577 - the oldest part of the building being 16th century and built of red and grey brick with a tiled roof cover, with late 18th and 20th century additions.

Situated at the edge of the village, with glorious views overlooking the Chiltern Hills, The Crown was once a five bedroomed inn hosting suppers for the workers from Penn House Estate and where large shooting parties were accommodated.

A thriving hostelry, The Crown was owned by Penn Estate with the Daurvill family as landlords for over a century, dating from 1750. The Garlands were then landlords from 1864 until 1929 when the inn was sold on. During World War II the pub was the base for the local Home Guard.

Penn itself is the sort of picturesque small village that springs to mind when you recall England’s ‘green and pleasant land’ with its extensively wooded hills and valleys criss-crossed by lanes and footpaths. Famous for its tile making history, the village is thought to have been established in the late 13th century to service the new manor house of the Penn family when they moved from Penbury.

Fine examples of Penn’s medieval tiles can still be seen in the Lady Chapel of the village’s oldest surviving building, the Holy Trinity Church, parts of which date back to the 12th century. Located right opposite The Crown pub across the green that once held the village stocks, the ancient church tower is reputed to have a view across 12 counties on a clear day.

Nowadays, most of Penn village is a conservation area. You can visit this lovely corner of Buckinghamshire and walk through the woods owned by the Woodland Trust, and savour Penn’s rich history.

After a rewarding ramble through the Chiltern Hills, we invite you to come and wind down at The Crown. You’ll be more than ready to savour a sumptuous Sunday roast or one of our delightful daily specials - we only use fresh local produce, including British reared meat. At The Crown, we are an olde worlde English country pub in every way.


You’ll find The Crown on Church Road in Penn, three miles from Amersham on the edge of the Chilterns. Just key HP10 8NY into your satnav to find us.