• The Pubs of Cardigan

    by  • November 30, 2013 • Cardigan, Ceredigion • 7 Comments

    Cardigan Pubs & Inns,


    During Cardigan’s long and colourful history a quite frightening quantity of beer has been consumed, and I am frequently asked about the pubs of Cardigan. Here is a list of some of some of the most noteworthy with the dates in which they are known to have operated:


    Albion, Market Lane (1830-76)

    Ancient Briton, Bridge Street (1844)

    The Angel Hotel in April 1997 (c) Glen K Johnson

    The Angel Hotel in April 1997 (c) Glen K Johnson

    Angel Hotel, No. 36 St Mary Street (1794- )

    Angel Inn, No. 12 Pendre (1851-71)

    Bear, Pwllhai (1861-97)

    Bell/Belle Vue/Sailor’s Home, No. 4 Pendre (1850- )

    Belle Vue Hotel, No. 29 St Mary Street (1850-68)

    Black Horse, No. 13 Pendre (1835-78)

    Black Lion Hotel, No. 29 High Street (1761- )

    Blue Anchor, Mwldan (1844)

    Blue Bell, Pwllhai (1844)

    Blue Bell, St. Mary Street (1830-44)

    Bridge End Arms, Bridge End (1825-59)

    Brynbwa Arms, No. 45 Castle Street (1861-75)

    Bunch of Grapes, Pendre (1884)

    Butcher’s Arms, Market Lane (1844-52)

    Butcher’s Arms, St. Mary Street (1830)

    Cambrian Inn, No. 1 Cambrian Quay (1871-1905)

    Cardigan Arms, No. 3 College Row (1841-1925)

    Cardigan Bay, Mwldan (1868)

    Carpenter’ Arms, Market Lane (1844-52)

    Castle Inn, No. 1 Castle Street (1842- )

    Castle Arms, No. 2 Green Street (1843-1905)

    Castle Inn, No. 2 High Street (1834-44)

    Castle Inn, Market Lane (1868)

    Cellar Bar, No. 24-26 Quay Street (2005- )

    Chambers’ Wine Bar, Ty Mawr, High Street (1988-90)

    Coach & Horses, Rhydyfuwch (1844)

    Commercial Hotel/Swan Hotel, No, 49 Pendre (1850-59; 1904-10; 1970-77)

    Commercial/Boudicea, No. 50 Pendre (c1841-2011);

    Commercial, Quay Street (1835)

    Cooper’s Arms, Bridge End (1836-52)

    Cross Keys, Pwllhai (1844)

    Crown, No. 24 Quay Street (1839-1908)

    Crown & Anchor, Quay Street

    Davies’ Inn, Bridge Street (1841-44)

    Dolphin, Mwldan (1830-88)

    Drawbridge, Lower Mwldan (1835-1909)

    Eagle Inn, No. 35 Castle Street (1840- )

    Eagle, Pendre (1844)

    Emlyn Arms, No. 6 Pendre (1850-1902)

    Farmer’s Arms, No. 21 Castle Street (1840-1926)

    Farmer’s Arms, Market Lane (1830)

    Farmer’s Arms, North Road (1841-1917)

    Farmer’s Arms, Pendre (1844)

    Fat Ox, No. 2 Pendre (1830-1906)

    Feathers, Pendre (1868)

    Fishguard Arms, No. 25 Castle Street (1835-1925)

    General Picton, No. 4 Bridge Parade (1871)

    Globe, No. 10 William Street (1846-83)

    Golden Lion, Chancery Lane (1850-1910)

    Gomer, Market Lane (1830-50)

    Greyhound, St. Mary Street (1844)

    Grosvenor Hotel, Bridge Street (ca1920- )

    Half Moon, No. 1 Green Street (1835-1914)

    Hope & Anchor, No. 3 Castle Street (1819-59)

    Hope & Anchor, No. 51 Pendre (1835- )

    Ivy Bush, No. 20 High Street (1830-1911)

    Joiner’s Arms, Bridge End (1840-44)

    Jolly Sailor, Short Row (1844)

    King’s Head, No. 15 High Street (1744-1850)

    Lamb, Finch’s Square (1850- )

    Liverpool Arms, No. 6 Bridge Parade (1850-1925)

    Mason’s Arms, North Road (1840-58)

    Nag’s Head (1760)

    New Inn, No. 27 William Street (1850-1915)

    Newport Arms, Castle Street (1817-1906)

    Noyadd Arms, No. 53 Pendre (1861-84)

    Noyaddwilym Arms, Feidrfair (1841-1906)

    Pelican Inn, Bridge End (1844)

    Pelican, High Street (1844)

    Pelican, Pwllhai (1868)

    Pelican, No. 6 St. Mary Street (1871-72)

    Pelican, No. 28 St. Mary Street (1850)

    Plasterer’s Arms, No. 41 Mwldan (1861-1914)

    Plough, No. 61 Pendre (1816-55)

    Prince of Wales, No. 31 High Street (1850-1905)

    Pritchard Arms, North Road (1841-1917)

    Queen’s Head, No. 22 Pendre (1836-1917)

    Queen’s Hotel, No. 3 High Street (1871-72)

    Railway Tavern, No. 6 Castle Street (1854-58)

    Red Cow, No. 14 High Street (1834-69)

    Red Lion, Pwllhai (1732- )

    Rose & Crown, Quay Street (1830)

    Royal Arms, Pwllhai (1841-1927)

    Royal Oak, No. 11 Quay Street (1825-1906)

    Saddler’s Arms, No. 22 High Street (1839- )

    Salutation, No. 18 Pendre (1830-61)

    Schooner’s/Corker’s wine bar, No. 21 High Street (1994- )

    Ship, No. 1 Pendre (1830-2011)

    Ship & Castle, No. 49 St. Mary Street (1841-51)

    Ship on Launch, No. 19 Pendre (1830-51)

    Shipwright’s Arms, No. 23 Castle Street (1844-1914)

    Square & Compasses, No. 24 Castle Street (1805-1906)

    Step Inn, King’s Street

    Swan, Chancery Lane (1830-1906)

    Three Cranes, No. 42 High Street (1827)

    Three Horseshoes, Greenfield Square (1868)

    Three Mariners, No. 40 High Street (1830-1938)

    Tivy-Side Inn, No. 4 Castle Street (1844-48)

    Towyn Arms, Mwldan (1841-51)

    Victoria Arms, North Road (1841-75)

    Volunteer Arms, Pontycleifon (ca1870)

    White Hart, No. 11 St. Mary Street (1703-1932)

    White Horse, Chancery Lane (1835-71)

    White Lion/Liverpool Arms, No. 12 Castle Street (1858-1906)

    White Lion, No. 34 High Street (1830-59)


    Glen K Johnson, Tivy-Side Advertiser, November 2011


    7 Responses to The Pubs of Cardigan

    1. Rob Liddle
      December 8, 2013 at 9:59 pm

      Hi Glen,
      Interesting to see the earliest reference indicated here relates to the White Hart in 1703. As three generations of my Mathias family lived here from the mid 1700s, I wonder what else we might know of it in 1703. Any families linked to it then?
      Many thanks

      • glen
        December 9, 2013 at 4:06 pm

        Mathias is the earliest family name I have for this property. I’d love to know if it goes back earlier – I suspect that it may have had early origins.

    2. Rhodri
      May 4, 2014 at 11:37 am

      Ref No D-EE/29/188
      Title Marriage settlement
      Description 1 John Protheroe of Llandre, Egremont, Carmarthenshire, esquire
      2 Francis Skyrme of Llawhaden, esquire and David Lewis of Henllan, Llanddewi Velfrey, esquire
      3 John Herbert Foley of Ridgeway, Llawhaden esquire, and William Evans of Bletherston, gentleman
      4 Lucia Cordelia Skyrme, spinster, youngest daughter of Francis Skyrme

      Property: Parknewydd, Wainfield, Parkyffald, Llainsentry, Penyquarryfach, Parkycefn, Wain y Rhoes, Parkgareissa, Parkgarevach, Parkgaremawr, Llainvach and Garthsarn (all formerly part of Marley or Marle, but now part of Llandre), all in Llandissilio and Egremont; Marle issa or Marlebach and Gamlas, Egremont; Penygraig, Greenland and Leaseyfrew, Puncheston; King’s Head (formerly Three Cranes) and King’s Head Fields (or Three Cranes’ Fields or Netpool Fields), Cardigan (further described)
      Consideration: £800
      Date 12/10/1786

      Ref No D-EE/29/229
      Title Attested copy of a release to lead the uses of a recovery
      Description 1 Lucia Cordelia Protheroe of Stonehall, widow and relict of John Protheroe of Llandre, Egremont, Carmarthenshire
      2 William Ford Protheroe of Stonehall, their only son
      3 John Willy of Haverfordwest, gentleman
      4 William Evans of Haverfordwest, gentleman

      Property: Parknewydd, Wainfield, Park y Ffald, Llainsentry, Pen y quarrey Fach, Park y Cefn, Wain y Rhoes, Park gare issa, Park gare vach, Park gare mawr, Llanivach and Garthsarn, all in Egremont, Carmarthenshire (formerly part of Marley or Marle, but now part of Llandre); Gamlas, Tyr Garret, Knockybedwen, cottage occupied by George Mathias, all in Egremont; Penegraig, Greenland and Leaseydrew, all in Puncheston; Tredduog, St Edrins; Danderwen, Llangolman; Llan, Llandissilio; Parke and Carregwen, Letterston; King’s Head (or Three Cranes) with 4 fields and 2 cottages, Cardigan St Mary (further described)
      Consideration: 10 shillings
      Date 12/04/1810

      Ref No D-EE/29/301
      Title Draft release to make a tenant to the precipe for suffering a common recovery
      Description 1 Lucia Cordelia Protheroe of Stonehall, widow and relict of John Protheroe
      2 William Ford Protheroe of Stonehall, esquire (only child of John and Lucia Cordelia Protheroe)
      3 John Willy of Haverfordwest, gentleman
      4 William Evans of Haverfordwest, gentleman

      Property: Park Newydd, Wain field, Park y Ffald, Llainsenty, Pen y quarrey fach, Park y co[ ], Wain y Rhoes, Park gare issa, Park gare vach, Park gare mawr, Llain vach and Garth sarn, all in Egremont, Carmarthenshire (formerly part of Marley or Marle but now part of Llandre); Marle issa or Marlebach, Gamlas, Tyrgarret and Knwckybedwen, all in Egremont; Penegraig, Greenland and Leaseydrew, all in Puncheston; Tredduog, St Edrins; King’s Head or Three Cranes and land in Cardigan (further described)
      Consideration: 10 shillings
      Date 12/04/1810

      • glen
        May 7, 2014 at 3:21 pm

        Diolch yn fawr Rhodri. Thanks for the information – I’d seen some, but not all, before, but useful to anyone researching these particular properties and families. Very grateful to you. Regards, Glen

    3. John Brittain
      May 1, 2016 at 4:49 pm

      Hi Glen,
      I am interested in the the Black Lion Hotel, Cardigan, during World War 2. My grandfather Dr john Brittain, was a rocket and explosives scientist at the Projectile Development Establishment, Aberporth,and lived at the Black Lion form 1940-1945, along with several other scientists and mathematicians from Aberporth and Cilwendeg Park, Boncath (the head quarters and data centre for the PDE Aberporth. My grandmother and father also lived at the hotel (room 10), having been relocated from Sevenoaks, Kent. My grandfather was transferred from the PDE, Fort Halstead, as Aberporth was considered much safer from air attack. Winston Churchill visited on more than one occasion and was present at a meeting held in the Black Lion, his son in law Duncan Sandys was responsible for setting up the first experimental anti aircraft rocket battery, near Cardiff. I am particularly interested to known if the Black Lion, or it’s rooms were requisitioned by the Ministry of Supply (responsible for rocket development), to provide living accomadation for the scientists from the PDE.

      Many thanks

      • glen
        May 3, 2016 at 3:32 pm

        Hi John – thanks for your fascinating information regarding your grandfather. As far as I know, no formal requisitioning took place at the Black Lion, although the war-time records for Cardigan are notoriously difficult to trace. The Ministry of Supply did requisition No. 5 High Street nearby for use as a Food Office, and there was accommodation above, or so I believe. Other departments requisitioned other properties nearby – Stanley House on Pendre as accommodation, Ty Mawr on the High Street ditto, the East Wing of Castle Green House for the Deputy Commander, Royal Engineers (Aberporth) and one or two others. If I should find anything concrete relating to the ‘Black Lion’ I shall post it onto my ‘Black Lion Hotel’ page. Kind Regards, Glen

        • John Brittain
          May 8, 2016 at 5:40 pm

          Hi Glen,
          Many thanks for the info. I will keep an eye on your Black Lion Hotel page.
          Thanks again

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