by  • July 25, 2013 • Inn, Modern, Pembrokeshire, Period, Post-Medieval, Site Type, St. Dogmaels • 6 Comments


    On 17th May 1769 Thomas Mendws was granted a lease of the premises. On 30th March 1774 Thomas Mendws was a burgess of Cardigan. On 12th June 1780 John Mendus, Thomas Mendus the elder, Thomas Mendus the younger and John watts were all accused by Herbert Lloyd, gent, of assault and the rescue of Thomas Mendus from the custody of the bailiff. On 14th November 1780 Thomas Mendus, carpenter, was accused of assault by Thomas Lloyd, and also of stealing a boat and destroying it. The case was rejected. On 9th December 1830 a Thomas Mendws, carpenter and joiner of St. Dogmaels died aged 72 – perhaps the son of his aforementioned namesake.

    On September 28th 1859 David Edwards of this address was buried at St. Dogmaels having died aged 19. On 10th January 1868 the property was advertised for sale by public auction. In 1868-72 William Evans was the landlord. On 25th June 1872 Captain William Evans died at St. Petersburg. In 1872-1911 his widow Mrs. Mary Evans was the publican (she had been born Mary Davies, daughter of John & Mary Davies of Panteg). In 1881 the following persons lived here: Mary Evans, widow innkeeper; John Philip Evans, her son; John J. Owens, 10, nephew; and Mary Jones, 15, general servant. On March 10th 1890 John Philip Evans of this address was buried at St. Dogmaels having died aged 29. In 1891 the following persons lived here: Mary Evans, 59, widow, inn-keeper; Mary Jane Richards, 16, her grand-daughter; and George Davies, 18, nephew, assistant. By 1901 the Richards family lived here – Ben Richards, Rose Richards, Mary Richards, John Richards and Eileen Bard. In 1901 the following persons lived here: Mary Evans, 67, innkeeper, born at St. Dogmaels; and Sarah Ann Richards, 21, her grand-daughter, born in Glamorgan. Both were bilingual. In 1911 the following persons lived here: Mary Evans, 79, widow, Public House Keeper (b. Cardigan); and Nan Richards, 26, her grand-daughter, assistant (b. Swansea). Both were bilingual. On May 6th 1911 Mrs. Mary Evans of this address was buried at St. Dogmaels having died aged 79 on 2nd May.

    In 1911-43 Mrs. Eleanor Richards was the publican. In February 1918 Gunner J. D. Richards of the ‘White Hart’ was in France. Ben Richards lived here in 1918. On October 21st 1927 Nellie Richards of this address was buried at St. Dogmaels having died aged 46. On March 3rd 1930 Rosina Richards of this address, 32, daughter of Mrs. Richards of the White Hart and the late builder David Richards married Percy William Osborn of Bristol. In 1938 Mrs. and Miss Richards lived here. In 1942 Miss Sarah Ann Richards became the licensee until 1949. On January 7th 1943 Mrs. Eleanor Richards of this address was buried at St. Dogmaels, having died on 3rd January aged 88. In 1948 Mrs. Rosina Osborn, 53, sister of Mrs. Sarah Ann Richards, both of this address, died in tragic circumstances. On 16th May 1949 Miss Sarah Ann Richards, who had lived here until a few months previously and who had a family connection to the property going back more than a century, died aged 69.

    On 1st September 1949 licensee Owen Parry died and Phoebe Parry became the publican. In June 1950-January 1951, the pub, which had a Brewing License, was advertised for sale. In 1951 Alexander Charlie Dashwood became the landlord, until at least 1953. On 6th July 1956 the property was advertised for sale. In September 1956 Stanley Williams Whittle became the landlord. On 29th May 1958 the 2-bedroom property was advertised for sale and sold late in the year. Ronald & Mona Hills were the next licensees. In 1962-68 Mr. & Mrs. Eric Stanley Ricketts were the landlords.

    William Chandler was the publican from 1971-87. He lived here with his wife June Chandler until their retirement in 1986. In October 1997 Hugh & Rosemary Samways became the licensees. An extension here was demolished and plastic windows installed in 2002. In December 2005 Hugh Samways left. In 2005 Ann Duckworth became the licensee. On 3rd July 2006 H. R. H. Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall visited.

    Part of the White Hart, 19/07/2013 (c) Glen K Johnson

    Part of the White Hart, 19/07/2013 (c) Glen K Johnson


    C18 and later 2 storey inn in painted roughcast with imitation slate roof.


    NLW Minor Deposit 490-9B

    Pigot’s Directory 1830

    St. Dogmaels Parish Register – Burials 1852-85; 1885-1952

    Slater’s Directory 1868

    Cardigan & Tivy-Side Advertiser 1868; 1872; 1897; 1911; 1918; 1930; 1934-35; 1937-38; 1941; 1943; 1948-51; 1953; 1956-58; 1965-67

    Kelly’s Directory of South Wales 1875; 1906; 1914; 1926

    Cardigan Observer 1879

    Accounts – Rebuilding Blaenywaun Chapel, St Dogmaels 1891

    Census Returns 1881; 1891; 1901; 1911

    Occupiers List of Voters – St. Dogmaels 30/07/1894

    Caniedydd Cynulleidfaol 1895

    St. Dogmaels Parish Register – Marriages 1837-1970

    Annual Report – Capel Degwel, St Dogmaels 1938

    Plan – The White Hart c1950’s

    St. Dogmaels Parish Register – Baptisms 1857-1967

    Tivy-Side Advertiser 1997; 2001; 2009

    Programme – St. Dogmaels Public Regatta 15/08/1998.

    © Glen K Johnson 25/07/2013.


    6 Responses to WHITE HART

    1. David Wyatt
      August 29, 2013 at 7:35 pm

      I knew Rosina Osborn née Richards. She was a wonderful lady who during ww2 gave me a home when I was an evacuee aged 6 years from Bristol. She and her husband Percy lived at Clevedon Somerset. The first night of my evacuation we were bombed out and Rosina and Percy took me to Rosina’s home in St Dogmaels the White Hart then run by Sarah Ann her sister. I remember it well in particular the wonderful people of the village and those who used the services of the White Hart (not open on Sundays then). I did not know that Rosina had suffered a tragic death. How terribly sad.

      • glen
        August 29, 2013 at 9:41 pm

        Thanks very much indeed for the comment David. These personal memories are always more interesting than the dry facts from documents. It’s nice to know that your recollections of Rosina and the village were so fond.

        Kind Regards


    2. Dale Davies
      March 13, 2014 at 10:51 am

      It can be mortifying to dig into the ancestry in the Land of One’s Forefathers: Thomas Mendus (both, for that matter) were g^n grandfathers. More, descnet is from the union of one of them and one Sedney _Lloyd_. By this point the vicar would definitely be pursing his lips.

      Dale Davies

      • glen
        March 13, 2014 at 6:23 pm

        Thanks Dale – I’m afraid this would not the first time or the last that the Vicar of St. Dogmaels had reason to get a little agitated! If it helps, one past Vicar of the parish got into trouble for running an illegal unlicensed ale-house, so nobody’s perfect!!!



    3. Jayne Manley
      July 28, 2014 at 9:37 pm

      As Mary Evan’s great-great-great-granddaughter I heard many a tale about the White Hart and the five generations of our family who have lived there, both from my grandmother, Eileen Mary Hope Baird, (Mary Jane’s daughter) and my mother, Pamela Barratt nee Watling, (Mary Jane’s granddaughter).

      One of the stories recounted to me was the one of Rosie’s (Rosina’s) sad loss of life.

      Rosie, the youngest of the six children (who survived into adulthood), borne by Eleanor Richards, married Percy Osborn, a commercial traveler, and they adopted a little boy. Rosie and Percy experienced rough patches in the marriage, and so Rosie stayed for long periods with Nan (Sarah Ann) at the White Hart, along with May (Mary Jane).

      It was at a time when my mother, Pamela, and my grandmother, Eileen, were visiting May at the White Hart, when Rosie, in a very depressed state went out for a walk, and she was last seen walking along a treacherous footpath along ‘The Grige’. She did not come home that evening so the police were alerted and the family had no further news of Rosie until 6 weeks later when the police found a body, missing the head and part of a leg, was found on the beach at Aber Aron. Nan identified the body due to a distinctive piece of underclothing it was wearing.

      To this day the family do not know whether Rosie was murdered, or if she committed suicide or was it a tragic case of missing her footing and falling into the river. All we do know is that she died under questionable circumstances.

      My mother remembers Rosie as a severe looking person with steely straight hair, but must have looked beautiful when she was younger. She was a teacher by profession who owned Wired Terriers and a Bull Mastiff called Diana, who gave my mother rides on its back

      • glen
        July 29, 2014 at 8:29 am

        Hi Jayne, Many thanks for posting these comments. I was aware of the tragedy of Rosie, but felt it was too recent for me to elaborate without permission from a member of the family. I don’t believe anyone then or now could say what really happened, although I have never before heard of the suggestion of murder – a tragic accident or a sad suicide being the usual guesses. Poor Rosie! If you have any other stories you would like to add, it’s always a pleasure to hear from descendants or relatives of the people who shaped the history of the area. Kind Regards, Glen

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