In 827, Egbert, King of Wessex, defeated Wiglaf, King of Mercia, who fled to Croyland, where he was concealed for three months. By the mediation of its abbot, Siward, Wiglaf was restored to his kingdom on paying homage and becoming tributary to Egbert.
Early in the year 870 the Danes burned Crowland Abbey and made a general massacre of its inhabitants.
At the dissolution of the abbey in 1538, there were 37 monks at the abbey.
Crowland village had a market every Thursday.
In the 1800's an annual fair was held on September 4th.
From White's 1872 Lincolnshire:
"The Abbey at Crowland was founded by Ethelbald, King of Mercia in 716, for the reception of the black monks. It was dedicated to St Mary, St Bartholomew and St Guthlac. The Abbey was rebuilt many times and was of great splendour, until the dissolution of the monasteries. The parish church was formed from the north aisle of the old Abbey. The Wesleyans have two chapels, a large one rebuilt in 1831, and one on the Thorney road, built in 1868. The Primitive and Free Church Methodists have each a chapel, the former rebuilt in 1862, the other erected in 1854."
In 1911, the following appeared in a local newspaper:
MILL FIRE, Nov 1911, Crowland, Lincs
"GunpowderPlot - Old Mill set on fire. The juvenile portion of the town celebrated "Guy Fawkes" in a lively way on Saturday evening. Quite early, reports were heard and several fires were lighted in the streets. Adults joined later in the festivities and a raid was made on a newly appointed young constable, who earlier in the week had offended in the execution of his duty, by making an arrest. The climax was reached by setting fire to an old windmill on the Postland road, which though it had been standing idle for nearly twenty years, lovers of the past are sorry to see it demolished, and see an old landmark pass into oblivion. The mill was the property of the Rector of Crowland and although a reward has been offered, up to the present the culprit or culprits have not been traced."
In 1947, there was a great flood in the area and the Crowland Abbey Alarm bell was rung for the first time since 1880. Floodwaters were not too deep and finding a place even a few feet above the surrounding land prevented one from getting wet feet.
David HITCHBORNE has a photograph of the Trinity Bridge on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2004. Where else could you find the "fork in the road" at the crown of a bridge?
Doris MORRIS has a photograph of the Bridge Inn on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2011.
Alex MacGREGOR has a photograph of the George and Angel Inn on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2016.
Alvar J. GREEN remembers his roots in Crowland:
"I was born in Crowland in 1946 to Gladys Brown GREEN, who married William J. C. GREEN. My father was known locally as Nipper Green. Gladys was "in service" at The Angel Pub (near the Trinity Bridge) at the age of 16. She met my father, William GREEN, prior to the Second World War, and they had three children. One of their children still lives in the UK, one lives in Michigan, USA, and I live in San Francisco, California, USA. I was the CEO of Autodesk, Inc., the producer of Autocad, a worldwide producer of computer aided design products.
I attended the primary school on Postland Road, during the 1950s.
I am still in contact with friends in Crowland.
A friend of mine, from childhood, Roger BAILEY - an old name from Crowland (his Mother used to run the Post Office during my childhood, in the 1940s and 1950s) also emigrated to the United States in the 1970s. He was responsible for building the car engines for most of the Indianapolis 500 winners. He later set up the production facilities for the Shelby Cobra 350 and 500 series for Carrol SHELBY, near Los Angeles, California in the late 1970s."