The Crown is a former coaching inn known by that name since at least 1669, when it was referred to in local documents as ‘The Inne by the Signe of the Crowne’. The stables, its tack room and the adjoining Bell Hotel stables have all long since gone. In fact, The Crown and The Star are the only coaching inns to have survived in Worcester from the days when the city was an important staging post. Two of the fastest-ever coaches changed horses here – the rival L’Hirondelle and Hibernia, which raced each other from Liverpool to Bristol.
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