Tragic events in sixteenth century Nantwich were recently recalled when Russ Crockett and his wife Janet from Utah, USA visited the town. Russ had discovered that he was a direct descendent of Roger Crockett the licensee of the The Crown inn who was murdered in an affray in the town in 1572. Roger’s widow, Bridgett, experienced a second tragedy when, in 1583, The Crown was destroyed by fire along with much of the town centre. By then her son Robert was licensee of the inn.
When Russ and his wife arrived at the museum, local historian and museum volunteer Andrew Lamberton was able to furnish much background on the two events from displays and information held by the museum. Andrew also took Russ and Janet on a guided tour of the town. On arriving at Wood Street, where Roger had been murdered, the group stood for a while in the rain reflecting on the history of the place.
Roger was murdered as he sought to increase his property portfolio in the town, a strategy which brought him into conflict with the local establishment. No one was convicted of the crime whilst the local legal structure for dealing with such events left something to be desired.