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Details of pub: Welsh Black, Bow Street

Other names: Cross Axes; Black Lion Inn
OS Grid Ref: SN6218884536
Opened: c.      
Closed: open 2017       Type: Pub
Summary: Name changed from Cross Axes to Black Lion (c. 1850s?) to Welsh Black (early 2000s?). It is possible that the owners of the near-by Gogerddan estate influenced the change of name of this public house - their coat of arms included a black lion.

Notes: 1837
Bow Street Friendly Society, enrolled Easter 1833, met at the Cross Axes, Bow Street.
Return relating to Friendly Societies enrolled ... in England and Wales, House of Commons, 1837

1841 Cross Axes
The Census returns record that the main occupant was Leonard Jones, carpenter (his occupation might explain the name of the pub at this time). His son was Richard Jones, which is the name of the licensee of the Black Lion in 1868.
Census returns, 1841

1848 (before)
{from Aberystwyth] You now pass through a long straggling village called Bow Street, in which there is a rude inn called the "Cross Axes,” and a little beyond the fourth milestone turn down the road to the left, along the picturesque vale of Llanvihangel Genau’r Glyn.
C.F. Cliffe, A books of South Wales, The Bristol Channel, Monmouthshire and the Wye, (2nd edition, 1848), p. 317, (3rd edition, 1854), p. 283

Black Lion, Bow Street. Licensee: Jones, Richard
Slater’s Directory, 1868

Sale by Auction
On the turnpike road leading to Machynlleth and within 60 yards of Bow-street Station, on the Cambrian Railways.
Mr E. J MORGAN has been instructed by the Mortgagee to Sell by Auction, on MONDAY February 7th, 1887, at the Talbot Hotel Market-street, Aberystwyth, the above LEASEHOLD PROPERTY, consisting of Land Premises, Garden and Orchard, having a frontage of 96ft 4 ins on the Machynlleth road, 153ft on the Clarach Road and 130ft. 9in. on the western side.
The house contains one large kitchen fronting the road, a bar, large front parlour, ditto. back parlour, and back kitchen with large boilers, ovens, good fire-place, splendid dairy, and beautiful cool cellar also 5 large bedrooms. Adjoining the house, on the eastern side, there is a large liberty of land suitable for a timber yard. The outbuildings consist of a new cow house four stalls all bricked, with hay house (new) attached, measuring 36ft. 4in. wide by 13ft. ½ in, and a large yard adjoining wooden paint shop, slate roofed (new) 23 ½ ft. by 14 ½ ft., with loft; workshop and 36 ft x 26 ft and three large pig styes. Also, a DWELLING HOUSE adjoining the Inn, with frontage to containing front kitchen, back ditto, front parlour, cellar running under the whole house, and now in the occupation of Mrs Uren, at an annual rent of £5. The above premises are held under a lease, 15 years unexpired on the 12th May next, under Sir Pryse Bart., at an annual ground rent of £3.
For Particulars apply to the Auctioneer, or to Mr R Jones, BIack Lion, Bow-street.
AO 5.2.1887

Petty Sessions: Talybont; number on list: 11; name of premises: Black Lion; Parish / Place: Llanfihangel Genu'r Glyn; Licensee: Thomas, Margaretta; owner or tenant : owner ; registered owner : M Thomas, Black Lion; free or tied: Free; tied to: [blank]; type of licence: full; on or off licence: on; number of licenced days per week: 6. (1905 list)

Photographs of Boxing Day Meet of the Gogerddan Hounds outside the Black Lion Inn at Bow Street
Ceredigion Archives ADX/415 History of Bow Street Volume 1, p.18

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Pub sign, 2006



Bow Street, Map, 6 inch, 1904