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"The current Crown pub was built in 1900. Planning permission for the new boozer cost £86,000; a staggering amount for the time.
"The developers were encouraged to fork out this huge sum because, although Cricklewood was a rapidly developing industrial district, magistrates had imposed a strict limit on licencing in the area. Consequently, The Crown was the only public house in Cricklewood at the time which was permitted to serve alcohol - it didn’t take a genius to realise that there were great profits to be made from such an arrangement!"
Link to "Great development monopolies in history"