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The Harvester (Crown): High Road, Langdon Hills


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The Harvester - Langdon Hills The Harvester - Langdon Hills The Harvester - Langdon Hills
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Location: The Crown, Langdon Hills
Photographer: Bix
Year of photo: 24/10/2002
Copyright: Basildon History Online
Comments: Now known as The Harvester.
Location: The Crown, Langdon Hills
Photographer: Bix
Year of photo: 24/10/2002
Copyright: Basildon History Online
Comments: Now known as The Harvester.
Location: The Crown, Langdon Hills
Photographer: Bix
Year of photo: 19/12/2002
Copyright: Basildon History Online
Comments: Now known as The Harvester.
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The Miller and Carter Steakhouse stands in High Road at the summit of Langdon Hills.

An Inn has occupied this site for many centuries, being known for much of that time as the Crown Inn or Crown Hotel, or in more recent times as simply the Crown.

The present building dates from 1856 and was so named as it stands on land formerly owned by the Crown.

The hill by which it is approached from Basildon, or Laindon, is locally known as 'Crown Hill' and since c1965 is now duel carriageway to road traffic.

For many years it was operated by the Romford, Essex brewery chain Ind Coope (from 1934 Ind Coope & Allsopp).

Crown Meadow
In addition to the public house is a beer garden and a parcel of land known as Crown Meadow, situated on the opposite side of High Road. This was used until the late 1980s or early 1990s as a cricket ground for the Langdon Hills team and also as a sports day venue by Langdon Hills primary school. This is now overgrown and the pavilion, which was built by the brewery company in 1967 as a replacement for an earlier one, was destroyed by fire in the late 1990s.

Function hall
An entertainment/function hall was later built within the grounds which opened in 1923. This survived until around 1994 when it was removed as part of the conversion to a Harvester. A small coat of arms once adorned the front facing wall. This appears to have gone missing sometime in the 1990s, possibly during the same conversion to Harvester.

The building, which stands at the second highest location in Essex, though much changed through the years, continues to prosper and from 24th March, 2017 became a Miller and Carter steakhouse following a ten week conversion by owners Mitchells & Butlers, which began after its closure as a Harvester on 6th February.

Page added: 2003
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Other points of interest:
Publicans' race

During its years as the Crown an annual "publicans' chariot race" is known to having taken place. This was usually held around a bank holiday at either Easter or Whitsun. It is not known when the first race occurred, or what year it ended, but it was certainly run throughout the 1960s and possibly into the 1970s. It commenced at the Prince of Wales in Wash Road, calling at the Fortune of War and Laindon Hotel before navigating the long arduous climb up Crown Hill to the race end. The publicans', often dressed comically for the occasion, would sit in a makeshift wheelchair or suchlike while members of their respective pubs team would take it in turns to pull and push the conveyance, to the joy of the passers by who lined the route. A contest of some sort was held at each stop where the winner would then get a head start over his opponents to the next stop off. One former Crown landlord believed to have participated was Mr. Edwards.

Text researched and written 2005, 2017.
Copyright © 2005, 2017 B. Cox - Basildon History Online. All rights reserved.

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