The Shaven Crown in Shipton is a 14th-century inn that claims to be among the ten oldest inns in England and thought to be the only inn so named in all of England. The shaven crown refers to a monk’s tonsure, a reference to the fact that the inn was founded by the monks of nearby Bruern Abbey.
Its original purpose was as a hospice for the poor, and as accommodation for pilgrims visiting the Abbey. After the Dissolution, the inn was claimed by the crown and was used as a hunting lodge by Elizabeth I.
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