Craven’s hostelry

Craven’s was a hostelry occasionally mentioned in the Bellingham/Rawstorne diaries, whose landlord was Edward, sometimes Ned, Craven. Thus on 8 March 1689 Rawstorne records being ‘at Edw: Cravens to eat Oysters’ and the same day finds Bellingham at ‘Ned Cravens, where we had stinking oysters’. An Edward Craven was recorded at a property on the east side of Friargate on the 1685 survey of the town, and this could have been the location of the hostelry (see plan).