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Details of pub: Skinners Arms, Aberystwyth

Other names: Tavern in the Town; Blingwyr; Skinner's Video Bar; Porky's Fun Bar; K2; Yokos ; Why Not
Address/Location: Pier Street / Clock Square
OS Grid Ref: SN5820481629
Opened: before 1816      
Closed: open 2017       Type: Pub
Summary: The land on which this was built was owned by Nanteos (NLW, Nanteos, 3257-3263; NLW, Roberts and Evans)

Henry Michells of the Skinner's arms wrote to the Nanteos Estate about the tenancy of the Nanteos Arms to William Christall (NLW Nanteos, L2332)

Changed name often from the 1970s. Currently (2017) The Why Not Club.

Notes: 1816
Letter from David James of the Skinner's Arms asking the Nanteos estate if he could lease land at the back of the Black Lion stables, Pier Street, to build a stable there. 1816
(NLW Nanteos, L891)
David James, Skinners Arms, Pier Street, (Aberystwyth Guide, 1816)
Ann James, Skinner's Arms, Pier Street (Pigot’s directory, 1822)
licensee: Ann James,
source: Pigot and Co, 1830
The Skinners Arms stables were rented from the Nanteos estate by Anne James
(NLW Nanteos Rentals)
licensee: Ann James, 39 Pier Street
source: Robson's trade directory 1840
licensee: Ann James,
source: Pigot and Co., 1844

"On the application of Mr Henry Mitchell, the license of the Skinner's Arms Inn was transferred from Mr Richard Pryce, who lately occupied the house, to him" CN 21 Jan 1871

Auction, Lot 70 Skinners Arms, malthouse, house and stable, Pier Street. Leasehold for 60 years from 12th May 1830. Tenant Henry Mitchell
(Ceredigion Archives MUS/50/16)
Skinners Arms, Mitchell, Henry, Inn and Public House, Great Darkgate Street, Aberystwyth, (Worrall’s Directory, 1875)

1877-1906(?) Mrs Ellis Lic. (and husband?) see obituary

For sale: The old-established PUBLIC HOUSE known as the SKINNER'S ARMS, situate in Clock Tower Square, in the occupation of Mrs Ellis. Cmn Jnl 27 May 1892

Petty Sessions: Aberystwyth; number on list: 35; name of premises: Skinner's Arms; Parish / Place: Aberystwyth; Licensee: Ellis, James; owner or tenant : tenant; registered owner : David Roberts and Sons; free or tied: tied; tied to: Aberystwyth Brewery; type of licence: full; on or off licence: on; number of licenced days per week: 7. (1905 list)
Among the many freehold properties owned by David Roberts and Sons, 31.3.1926
NLW, Roberts and Evans, David Roberts of Trefechan; CB7/7
Skinners Arms Hotel, Mr and Mrs Baker, G.C., hotel proprietor, Pier Street, Aberystwyth, (Anon, (1956), Official Guide, p. 47, (1956), advert, picture)
Elfed Evans (famous landlord of the Coopers Arms in Northgate) takes tenancy. Protests by the Welsh Language Society were numerous during the 60s and the Skinners (Blingwyr in Welsh) became the meeting place for Welsh students and for the developing Welsh music scene. Ronnie and Ryan, the Hennessys, Max Boyce and Meic Stevens performed and stayed there. The back bar was a lively music venue, the Tremeloes, Kinks, Rolling Stones, Champion Jack Dupree and Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudupp sang there.
Y Cymro 16.9.80

'Skinners Arms Hotel. Prop : Elfed and Myra Evans. Free private parking. Croeso i aelwyd gynnes Cymraeg. Bed and breakfast. An up-to-date hotel with most comfortable accommodation. Barn Bar for top class entertainment. Home of University and Aberystwyth Folk Club. One minute sea. Fully licensed. Open to non-residents.'
Aberystwyth : Sun, Sea, Scenery, 1971, advert
'Tavern in the Town Hotel. Lively bars with a friendly atmosphere in the centre of Aberystwyth. 3 minutes walk from the beach. No. 1 for lunch time bar meals. All rooms with H.C. & T.V.s. Highly recommended for the young at heart. Restaurant open nightly. Also we have Aberystwyth's only discotheque which is open nightly. Serving hot and cold food till 12 o'clock. Residents have free membership to Aberystwyth Squash Club.'
Aberystwyth Town and Around, 1977, Advert
Skinners installed a satellite that can pick up 6 television channels including music and sports.
Skinners Video Bar owned by Peter Faulkner. A glass house area was built at the back of the premises.

Additional information


Upper Great Darkgate Street, Aberystwyth, 50 inch, 1905



Why Not, formerly Skinners Arms, Aberystwyth, 2016

Date: 2016


Death of Mrs Ellis

Date: 1906