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Details of pub: Ship and Castle, Aberystwyth

Other names: Flannery's
Address/Location: High Street / Vulcan Street corner SY23 1JQ
OS Grid Ref: SN5816281524
Opened: before 1830      
Closed: open 2017       Type: Pub
Summary: Meeting place of the Ancient Britons Friendly Society, est Easter 1832 (PP)

Notes: 1823, 1825, 1826
licensee: Thomas Jones
St Michaels Vestry Rate lists, Ceredigion Archives, CPR/ASTM/123-128

licensee: Thomas Jones
source: Pigot and Co, 1830

William Griffiths, High Street. Retailer of Beer (might be the Ship and Castle).
Hunt and Co's Directory for Gloucester, Bristol and Welsh towns

Ship and Castle, Margaret Griffiths, High Street.
Slaters Directory, 1859

"TRANSFER OF LICENSE. The transfer of the Ship and Castle" license from the name of the late Margaret Griffiths to that of Richard Evans was made. " AO 2 Feb 1867
Ship and Castle Inn, John Lewis, head, age 36, born in Llanbadarn, licensed victualler and unemployed blacksmith.
Census, 1871

Ship and Castle, Vulcan Street, John Lewis.
Post Office Directory of Monmouthshire and South Wales 1871

"Licence of the Ship and Castle transferred from John Lewis to William Rees Jones" CN 24 May 1873

BANKRUPTCY: "John Jewis (not Lewis, as erroneously printed in last Gazette), innkeeper and blacksmith, Ship and Castle Inn, High street, Aberystwyth"
William R. Jones
Worrall's Directory 1874

Ship and Castle, William Jones, High Street.
Slater's Directory of North and South Wales 1880

Ship and Castle
Mary Jones, head, widow, age 40, born in Llangwyryfon, publican.
Census, 1881

Ship and Castle
John Roderick, head, age 48, born in Gwnnws, innkeeper.
Census, 1891

Ship and Castle, John Roderick, 1 High Street.
Slater's Directory of North and Mid Wales, 1895

Landlord: John Roderick
Kelly's Directory 1895

12 y.o. boy served cider, and birched for theft. See att

Ship and Castle Miss Roderick (3 persons listed in Census)
Census, 1911

Landladies: Misses Jane and Mary Roderick.
Kelly's Directory 1920

Tommy Edwards (was a ships' carpenter)

1945 - 1954
Kept by Will Lewis (was a policeman in London).

1954 - 1959 (thanks to Ceri Jones for this information)
Evan Edgar Jones, licensee, miner from the Rhondda Valley
Miriam Jones, wife
Ceri Jones, son
Cissian Jones, daughter

1959-1974 (thanks to Ceri Jones for this information)
Miriam Jones, licensee

1986 – Basil Evans was landlord. Commissioned a mural of a ship on the back wall at the back of the pub. Painter Andy Asser designed the mural which shows a scene from the 1850s when Aberystwyth was a busy port. The ship is the Credo which was used to take migrants from Aberystwyth to America in the 1850s. Also printed T shirts with the Ship and Castle logo on them.

Daryl Flannery gets licence

Aberystwyth Civic Society criticises the new owners for changing the name from Ship and Castle to Flannery's.

Flannery's Brewery located in the Pub at the back of the bar.

May 1998
First Aberystwyth Beer Festival held. Offering around 20 real ales, from a 3.7% brew to Plassey's Dragon's Breath of 6%.

Nov 1998
Licensee of Flannery's, Daryl Flannery, was fined £600 for selling under strength beer. The beer called 'No Eyed Deer Christmas Special' was 4.1% not 5.5% as advertised by the pub.

Nov 1998
Oatmeal Stout, brewed at the pub wins CAMRA Champion Beer of Wales.

Won 'Ceredigion Pub of the Year 1999' for the first time.

Summer 2001
Pete and Dee Fraser became licensees. Changed the name back to the Ship and Castle.

April 2002
Voted by Ceredigion CAMRA members as 'Ceredigion Pub of the Year 2002'.

March 2004
Ceredigion CAMRA selected the Ship as its 'Pub of the Year 2004'.

April 2004
Pub closed down by police because the licensees Peter and Deirdre Fraser failed to renew their alcohol licence. The pub was not licensed to serve alcohol after the 4th of April. Pub put up for sale.

Landlord Ian Blair of the Mill in Mill Street continued the real ale theme. Consistently been in 'The Good Beer Guide'.

2007 – CAMRA Ceredigion Pub of the year

Additional information

Pub sign:

Pub sign, 2006



St James Square, High Street, Vulcan Street, Aberystwyth, 50 inch, 1905



Ship and Castle mural

Date: 1986 (approx)


Ship and Castle c.1989

Date: 1989


Ship and Castle, Mill Street, Aberystwyth

Date: 2016


Straying pig

Date: 1871


Boy birched for stealing

Date: 1900