A Brief History
The present building dates from about 1530 though a good deal altered and restored; a fine Tudor doorway was discovered in 1950. In 1680 mention is made of the Crown and in 1682 of the Falcon, the latter being kept by Henry Godfrey; at that date they appear to have been separate houses, the Falcon on its present site, the Crown now the grange.
It was the Falcon that Pepys stayed in 1662 when he bought from the licensee a pair of shoes to ease feet ...." Much cramped by my new hard boots" - "and so rid in shoes to Cambridge".
The Crown closed about 1753, but at what date between 1777 and 1806 the Falcon incorporated its sign is unknown - or why it did so after so long an interval.
For part of the eighteenth century the Falcon was owned by a family of London needlemakers; it was aquired in 1777 by Rene Briand, of Hoddesdon, brewer. The justices met here in 1657 and 1675 and it was a frequent meeting place of the Wadesmill Turnpike Trust and other official bodies. The freehold was purchased in October 1991 from Ind Coope and the first major refurbishment since 1950 was completed in October 1992, exposing many of the old timbers.