Nod to Corby’s historic roots in new Wetherspoon pub name

Flashback: The site was once a department store that closed in 2007
Flashback: The site was once a department store that closed in 2007

The new JD Wetherspoon pub in Corby town centre looks set to be called The Saxon Crown.

Work has already started to transform the former Westgate department store in Elizabeth Street into a modern pub with a beer garden and 12 hotel rooms.

Now bosses have revealed its name on their website, and have given a provisional opening date of November 11 - although no formal confirmation has been received from the company.

The firm always tries to give its new pubs a name with a local link. The Saxon Crown is thought to refer to the four crowns on Corby’s coat of arms which mark it out as a Royal Manor before and after the Norman Conquest.

Artist’s impressions of the pub are shown on Corby Council’s website in the latest planning application submitted by Wetherspoon’s, which includes signage and lighting.

Workmen are thought to be on site this week.

The pub has applied for opening hours to run from 7am until 12.30am on Sunday to Wednesdays, and from 7am until 1.30am on the remaining days.

The Westgate store has been partly empty since the former shop closed in 2007, although the British Heart Foundation has run a furniture business in part of the building since 2010.

JD Wetherspoon already has a pub on a retail park on the outskirts of Corby called the Samuel Lloyd - named after the founder of Corby’s steelworks.

A Vue Cinema is also planned for the site next to the new Wetherspoon’s but work stalled after Corby Council deferred a planning application for that cinema, because of a rival planning application for another cinema at the other end of town.