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Details of pub: Cambrian Hotel, Borth

Other names: Grand Hotel, Pantyfedwen
Address/Location: Princess Street / Cambrian Terrace
OS Grid Ref: SN6083090110
Opened: 1865      
Closed: NOT KNOWN       Type: Pub
Summary: This was one of three big hotels built by Thomas Savin in 1864-1865, soon after the railway arrived (the others were the Castle Hotel, Aberystwyth and an hotel at Aberdovey). It was taken over in 1876 by Uppingham School for over a year, during a typhoid epidemic in Uppingham.

Refurbished an re-opened in 1921 as the Grand Hotel

During the Second World War it was occupied by evacuated students.

In 1946 the hotel moved to the opposite corner of Station Yard and the old building was purchased for £16,000 by D.J.James and re-named Pantyfedwen (the name of his home at Pontrhydfendigaid) and opened in July 1947 as a conference centre by the Welsh League of Youth. It was later taken over by the University as a hall of Residence and demolished 1979.

It is said that the hotel had more spirits for sale during the Second World War than any other village in Ceredigion because a travelling salesman who sold them was gambling in the hotel just before the outbreak of war, and he lost, so gave the hotel his stock of spirit samples. During the war, hotels were allowed to have a stock of spirits based on what they sold in August 1939.

Notes: 1864 New licence granted to Mrs Hilditch (Welshman 9 Sept 1864)

"BORTH, CONSIDERABLE alarm was felt a few days ago on discovering that one of the rooms at the Cambrian Hotel, which has just been built by Mr. Savin, was on fire. Happily the fire was extinguished in a few minutes, before much damage was done." AO 13 Aug 1864
Licensee: Franks, Miss
Slater’s Directory, 1868

"BORTH. CONCERT. On Thursday evening a very successful event, in aid of the Borth Church Building Fund, was given by the Borth Church choir, assisted by the Rev J. Edwards, and Miss Edwards, Rhosymedre, Rev E. Edwards, Kerry, Rev D. E. Evans,Llanwrin, and other friends, at the Concert Room of the Cambrian Hotel, Borth. Pressure on our space prevents our giving the programme in full... " AO 22 Feb 1873

"BORTH. THE NEW CHURCH Further arrangements have been made in connection with the ceremony of Wednesday next. The memorial stone of the sacred edifice will be laid by Lady Pryse, of Gogerddan, at half-past two o'clock, when the Right Rev Dr Basil Jones, the Lord Bishop of St. David's, will officiate. The ceremony will be proceeded by a luncheon at the Cambrian Hotel, and divine service will be held in Welsh at the schoolroom in the evening. " AO 14 Nov 1874

licensee: Charles Mytton (Worrall’s Directory, 1875)

"The Cambrian Hotel is a large and handsome edifice close upon the beach, facing Cardigan Bay. It is appointed with the usual auxiliary comforts for tourists and travellers. There is a Lawn Tennis ground, and provision for out-door amusements of all kinds. It is very near the railway station. " Visitors List and Guide for Aberystwyth etc 24 Aug 1887

"Mr Walter William Lewis, Cambrian Hotel. Borth, made an application for the transfer of the license of the hotel from Mr George Lewis, deceased, to himself.—Granted. " May 1888

"BORTH. A sale of furniture took place at the Cambrian Hotel, Borth, this week, by order of Justice Sterling. Good prices were realised, and the bidding was brisk. Amongst the furniture sold were the contents of the hydropathic bath rooms. " AO 27 Oct 1888

Borth Hydropathic Establishment, Mr Crew, J.W., hotel manager, Borth, formerly Hotel Cambria, (Gossiping Guide to Wales, p. adverts section, p. 21, (1889), advert)
Cambrian Hotel, Hohenberg, J., Hotel proprietor, Borth, (Gossiping Guide to Wales, adverts section, p. 26, (1898), advert)

"FAST ON THE ROCKS. ADVENTURE OF AN ABERYSTWYTH YACHTING PARTY. An unpleasant experience attended a party of ladies and gentlemen yachting from Aberystwith to Aberdovey on Tuesday night. When outside Borth the yacht got fast on the rocks. The night was dark, a heavy swell was on, and the party feared being wrecked every moment. Desperate efforts were made to attract the attention of people on the shore by lighted matches, &c., and ultimately the signals were observed, and with difficulty the ladies were landed by volunteers at Borth, and lodged at the Cambrian Hotel for the night. The party included the Marquis de Polatto. " Evening Express 6 Sept 1899

Cambrian Hotel, Hohenberg, J., Hotel proprietor, Borth, (Gossiping Guide to Wales, adverts section, p. 26, (1900), advert)
Cambrian Hotel and Hydro, Hohenberg, hotel proprietor, Borth, (May, George W., Aberystwyth, p. 43, (1903), advert)

Plans to convert to a French convent school - see att.

Cambrian Hotel and Hydro, Hohenberg, Jules, hotel proprietor, Borth, (May, George W., Aberystwyth, p. 48, (1905), advert)
Petty Sessions: Talybont; number on list: 1; name of premises: Cambrian Hotel; Parish / Place: Borth; Licensee: Hohenberg, Jules; owner or tenant : tenant; registered owner : White Nuns of Brittany; free or tied: Free; tied to: [blank]; type of licence: full; on or off licence: on; number of licenced days per week: 7. (1905 list)

Site of auction of 'Moreland House'

"The licence of the Cambrian Hotel, Borth was transferred to Mr. S. McCausland. formerly in a similar business in Belfast. " CN 10 April 1914

Licenced to use annex as a cinema. See att.

"BORTH. PRISONER OF WAR. News has been received that Pte. Fred McCausland has been taken prisoner by the Germans" CN 24 Nov 1916

"SAND YACHT. Mr. Laurence, a visitor who stays at the Cambrian Hotel, has introduced a sand yacht, made and brought down by himself. Great interest was taken in it by visitors. The weather being favourable, it sailed from near the Hotel to Moelyrynys and back, about five miles, in twenty-three minutes. " CN 15 Sept 1916

"Mr. and Mrs. McCausland, Cambrian Hotel, have received information that their son has escaped from a German detention camp. He was taken prisoner in action and although he afterward escaped more than once he was recaptured. He is now in Holland and is expected home shortly" CN 31 Aug 1917

"WEALTHY WOMAN'S JOKE. At the Cardiganshire Quarter Sessions at Lampeter on Friday Miss Agnes Crompton, of Borth, a lady of independent means, was charged with stealing an easy chair and a table from the platform of the Borth Railway Station on July 11, the property of Mr. Frank Williams, of Forden, near Welshpool. Mr. W. P. Owen, Aberystwyth, appeared for the prosecution, and Mr. Harold Lloyd, Cardiff (instructed by Messrs. Hughes and Hughes, Aberystwyth), for defendant, who pleaded not guilty. According to the prosecution, two lorries full of furniture had been taken to Borth Station overnight, having been bought by Mr. Williams at a sale of Mr. and Mrs McCausland, of the Cambrian Hotel, Borth. The police found the missing articles in defendant's house. Defendant said that Mrs. McCausland and herself were very friendly, and played jokes on each other. She admitted taking the articles from the platform, but it was a silly joke. Accused's brother-in-law said she had inherited about £ 6,000, and also had a life interest of £180 a year. The jury found accused guilty, and she was bound over in the sum of £25 for twelve months. " Cmn Jnl 29 Oct 1918

Grand Hotel Borth to reopen this month (July) after refurbishment. Owned by the Hotel and Land development company, Ltd, London. Has 100 bedrooms [Detailed report].
Cambrian News 15.7.1921, p. 3

Advert in the Staffordshire Advertiser 2 Aug 1924
" THE IDEAL RESORT for HEALTH and PLEASURE. The Grand Hotel, Borth (CARDIGAN BAY) Unrivalled Excursion Centre, surrounded by delightful country Famous Beach. Golf and Fishing Most Modern Hotel in Wales; Ballroom. Tennis. Garage. French Cuisine and Jazz Dances. "
16 July 1931
Catalogue of the sale of The Grand Hotel, Borth, Cardiganshire at Birmingham
Ceredigion Archives, ADX/376/10

Wanted: " YOUNG LADY, experienced, required Bookkeeper and assist generally; typing advantage. O. Beeching, Grand Hotel, Borth. " Liverpool Evening Express 23 March 1939
Grand Hotel, Douglas Fleet hotel proprietor, Borth,
(Anon, Official Guide, (1940s), p. 49, advert)
Len Dennet of Nant y Garreg was barman.

Additional information


Borth, 6 inch map, 1904



Application for a cinema licence granted

Date: 1916


Advert for the Cambrian Hotel, 1900

Date: 1900


Escaped POW

Date: 1917


Advert for the Cambrian Hotel 1896

Date: 1896


White Nuns to purchase Cambrian Hotel

Date: 1903


Cambrian Hotel

Date: 1900 (approx)


Grand Hotel (Cambrian) 1930s?

Date: 1946 (before)


Station Terrace with parts of original Grand Hotel and new Grand Hotel

Date: 1935 (before)


Borth beach showing Cambrian Hotel & later Grand Hotel building

Date: 1920 (approx)