The Crown And Thistle
Bridge Street, Abingdon, Vale of White Horse
Built in 1605, the Crown and Thistle is a charming, curved, white building of three storeys located near the River Thames and the abbey. The inn name is a reference to the uniting of England and Scotland when James VI of Scotland became James I of England in 1603. The thistle is the emblem of Scotland, which dates to the eighth century. The Cheney family were among the first proprietors in 1624. An old coaching inn with a cobbled yard, the Crown and Thistle is a listed building. For years, there have been accounts that the inn exhibits ghostly manifestations including a ghostly coach and horse which is both seen and heard! Witnesses recount the clatter of the coach across the old stable yard and the pounding of horses’ hooves.