Gone but not forgotten

The Ancient Druid, Y Bontfaen

Un o’r cartrefi preifat, hynaf yn Y Bontfaen a llawer yn honni iddo gael ei ddefnyddio fel lloches i bererinion blinedig ar eu ffordd i Dyddewi. Fe’i sefydlwyd fel tafarn yn ystod y 1850au ond fe’i cauwyd erbyn 1920 pan defnyddiodd Wybert Thomas, y perchennog, y lle fel swyddfa i’w gwmni adeiladu. 

The Dulas Arms, Llanddulas

The Dulas Arms was built around 1837 and is located on the north Wales coast just off the A55 coastal road and formerly known as the Railway Inn.  The landlord in 1895 was John Roberts who was also a builder and joiner.  It soon became a popular watering hole for the quarrymen. 

The Old Sun Inn, Pentre

The Old Sun Inn in Pentre near Chirk closed during the 1890s and became a private house.  In its heyday it was a stopping point for coaches and the last known licensee was one Edward Phennah who ran the inn from 1828 to the mid 1830s.  The death knell of the inn came with Telford’s construction of the Holyhead road which by passed Pentre leaving the village and in particularly the inn in an isolated position without passing trade.  It had overlooked the river Dee.

Royal Raven, Aberdyfi

Formerly known as the Ty Mawr the Royal Raven was built in 1615.  At that time it was probably a house providing refreshments to ferry passengers who intended crossing the river Dyfi .  It was one of the oldest houses in Aberdyfi.  Most of Aberdyfi at the time was owned by the Corbet family of Ynysmaengwyn who lived near Tywyn.  A raven was borne on their coat of arms.  Later after an overnight stay by a Princess of the Royal Stuart family the prefix Royal was added – Royal Raven.  It is interesting to note that during reconstruction in 1685 a beam was un

The Crane Inn, Hope

In 1838 the Crane Inn in Hope found itself up for sale as part of the Hope Hall Estate but the exact year of its closure is not known.  Later the Magistrates held their Petty Sessions here before moving to the Glynne Arms in Caergwrgle.

The Black Lion, Mold

The former Black Lion Hotel stood in the heart of the market town of Mold in Flintshire, north Wales.  During its heyday the Hotel had accommodation comprising 19 beds for the weary travellers  and refreshments for around 100 people.  Later the Black Lion was closed and became a Woolworths store.  A reminder of the hotel’s former existence can be seen in the pillars still standing outside the store. 

Machno, Penmachno

The Machno was located below Pont y Llan and known locally as the Bedol.  During its heyday visitors were brought here from Betws-y-Coed for their high teas. 

The Dolphin, Wrexham

The Dolphin was located on Mount Street, the street was also known as the Green and Love Lane.  During the mid 1950s it gained a reputation for being a house of ill repute.  Before closing in 1920 it had become an Island Green House Brewery based in Wrexham.  The Brewery itself closed in the late 1990s and converted into residential accommodation.

The Bridge House Inn, Wrexham

At one time a Border house and dating back to at least 1742 and located on the corner of Willow Road.  Before being demolished a favourite landlord was one Bert Dodman who also kept the Old Swan and the Horse and Jockey at one time.

The Forest Arms, Brechfa

The small village of Brechfa is located in the Cothi valley, Carmarthenshire and fought hard to save its local, the Forest Arms from closure.

An historic inn which on the 24th of April 1843 held a meeting of the Brechfa Trust whose responsibilty it was to collect the tolls from the turnpike roads in the area.  Later these tollgates were attacked by the Daughters of rebecca during the riots of the late 1830s and early 1840s.


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