Dad’s Army and The Crown, Chalfont St Giles

Captain Mainwaring's bank, The Crown Chalfont St Giles

Captain Mainwaring’s bank: The Crown, Chalfont St Giles, Bucks

I blogged last month about the sadness of seeing a closed bookshop, the Lion & Unicorn in Richmond, Surrey. It’s just as sad to see an abandoned pub. The Crown in Chalfont St Giles, Bucks, has a famous past: it posed as Captain Mainwaring’s Martins bank branch in the 1971 film version of Dad’s Army.

Captain Mainwaring at The Crown

The Crown as Martins Bank, Walmington-on-Sea

We really miss The Crown, as it was a favourite venue for birthday and anniversary dinners. We celebrated our fifth anniversary there on a beautiful summer evening in 2008 – our first night out since Owen arrived some eight weeks before.

The Crown Chalfont St Giles pub sign

Sign of the times

The owners have applied for permission to turn it into a cafe, and locals are hoping for a Costa. It won’t be the same, but as a Costa fan I’d much rather that than the sad sight of a closed pub.

One thought on “Dad’s Army and The Crown, Chalfont St Giles

  1. Pingback: Costa Coffee takes over Captain Mainwaring’s bank branch | Ertblog

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