Ystradgynlais & District

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The Lamb Inn, Upper Cwmtwrch

The Lamb Inn, Upper Cwmtwrch is now the clubhouse for Cwmtwrch Rugby Football Club.

From the Llais

From the Labour Voice newspaper, 6th March 1926 came a report on the renewal of licenses for Upper Cwmtwrch at Ystradgynlais Police Court. There were three pubs in the village (The New Tredegar, The Old Tredegar, and the Lamb Inn) and the police wanted to close one of them down, thinking there was too many pubs for the population:-


Inspector Evans said the licensee of the Lamb Inn was Mr Benjamin Morgan, who obtained it on 30th September 1923. The annual value was £25 and rateable value £20. No complaints were made of the management of the house and it was owned by Messrs Buckley’s. The trade was between three and four barrels a week and 12 bottles of mixed spirits.
In reply to Mr Gwyn Thomas, of Llanelly, for Messrs Buckley, witness said it was the only house where club meetings could be held. Two bedrooms were available for travellers. As far as he knew the licensee was dependent on the house.
In answer to the superintendent, the inspector said if the licence was taken away the licensee could get another house as his character was satisfactory.


The chairman said the bench decided to renew the licence of the New Tredegar subject to sanitary arrangements being made in a satisfactory manner and at a six-foot brick wall be erected between the house and the cottages at the side.
The licence of the Lamb Inn would also be renewed subject to the carrying out of sanitary improvements. The Old Tredegar Arms' licence would be referred for compensation

Some of the details about pubs in the Swansea Valley and Coelbren were sourced from 'The Village Pub' by William T. Davies,a detailed history of brewing in the Neath and Swansea valleys and the history and heritage of the local pubs of the area. All proceeds from sale of this book go towards Ystradgynlais Community Hospital. Published by Dinewfr Press, copies of the book can be ordered either by telephoning them on 01269-850576 or emailing the author direct on WilliamTD@yahoo.co.uk.

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