History of The Rose & Crown, Wick

A listed 17th century building - now a traditional pub and restaurant - the Rose & Crown was once home to and ambitious local man, John Gully, as his father was the landlord of The Rose & Crown.

Gully was crowned champion in 1807 before retiring from boxing in 1808 and took to horseracing. This proved to be a very successful venture for Gully. He won £85,000 when his horse won the Epsom Derby. During his lifetime he also served as a Member of Parliament for Pontefract and was father to 24 children with two wives. He died in 1863 a very wealthy and popular man.

A nearby attraction, Golden Valley, is a picturesque area with rolling hills and deep valleys, popular with walkers, bird watchers, equestrians and hot air balloonists. The Golden Valley was once an important area for industry as early as 1761 when it is reported there was an iron works and paper mill on the site, powered by incoming water from the River Boyd. Works remained in the area until 1968 when it was demolished and nature took over, creating the beautiful valley there today.

The town of Wick was also the home of Black Beauty author, Anna Sewell, who lived in the nearby Blue Lodge. It’s thought that another nearby area, once called Tracy Park, was her inspiration for Birtwick Park, featured in the Black Beauty Books.

Today you can visit The Rose & Crown for a delicious pub meal from our extensive menu and specials board any day of the week. Come along with friends or family after exploring the breath taking Golden Valley and all the area has to offer. On Sundays, join us for a traditional roast dinner.

Directions the Rose & Crown

You can find The Rose & Crown at 44 High Street, Wick, not far from Castle Wood. For Sat Navs use postcode BS30 5QH.