A Pint of History, Please!

Welcome to pint-of-history.wales

What's it all about?

Pint of History is a project about pubs. Pubs in Ceredigion. Old pubs, new pubs, beer houses, ale houses, taverns, inns, hotels, railway waiting rooms and breweries. And, to be fair, the odd Temperance hotel and cocoa house.

The aim of the project is to gather information about the pubs in the county, and to gain a better understanding of the role of the pub in the community. They were far more than drinking dens (well, sometimes). In the past they were centres of the community: inquests, auctions and grand dinners were held there, people paid and collected their rent there and they even organised friendly societies for their regulars.
The project is being co-ordinated by Ceredigion Local History Forum as part of the wider Cynefin project run by Archives and Records Council Wales

For the project to succeed we need lots of help, from YOU! The core of the project is the creation of an on-line database that will contain everything we can find out about all the premises licenced to sell alcoholic drinks in the county, and try to discover any which were unlicenced. There are photographs, documents, stories, maps, newspaper cuttings and lots more about the places and people who make up the history of the Ceredigion pub. The database currently contains details of 967 pubs and other premises, 254 places and 188 people. There are also 252 photos and postcards, 79 pub signs, 503 newspaper articles, 229 maps and 100 documents. About 138 pubs are still open.

This site is still growing! You can help by contributing stories, documents and pictures about the pubs of Ceredigion or we can help you enter the information yourself.

However you want to help, please contact us at

Cynefin

The Cynefin project aims to repair and digitise around 1,200 tithe maps and transcribe over 30,000 pages of index documents. The aim of this project is to create an online resource which can be freely accessed to research the tithe maps and their indexes.

Tithes were payments charged on land users. Originally, payments were made using commodities like crops, wool, milk and stock. Tithe maps were produced between 1838 and 1850 to ensure that all tithes were paid with money rather than produce.

These are the most detailed maps of their period and they cover more than 95% of Wales.

Whilst the digitisation work is being done professionally, the project also needs a lot of volunteer help. Visit the Cynefin website to find out more.