Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Now and Then, former Six Bells PH, Garndiffraith

The former Rhymney Brewery pub, the Six Bells, Harpers Road, Garndiffaith, Pontypool is now a private residence. The former railway line to Blaenavon runs to the right of the picture and Six Bells was the original name for the station, it changed to Garndiffaith in 1922.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Now and Then, former Salutation PH, Hendy

The former Rhymney Brewery pub, The Salutation in Hendy, Carmarthenshire. Now a private house

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Now and Then, former Railway Inn, Gilwern

The former Rhymney Brewery pub, The Railway Inn, Station Road, Gilwern, Monmouthshire is now a private residence called "The Old Railway Inn". The inn is situated above the village and the former Merthyr, Tredegar and Abergavenny railway ran to the right of the picture.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Now and Then, Cambrian Inn, Fishguard

The Cambrian Inn, Hamilton Street/Park Street, Fishguard was a Westerly outlet for the old Rhymney Brewery, today the pub serves Felinfoel according to WhatPub

Friday, 24 February 2017

Now and Then, former Royal Hotel, Clydach Vale

The former Royal Hotel, Court Street, corner of Fern Terrace, Clydach Vale. Another former Rhymney pub, demolished together with the adjoining house to widen the road going downhill. Odly the telephone poles appear to have remained in their same positions!

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Now and Then, former Stanley Hotel, Tylorstown

The site of the former Stanley Hotel, Upper Terrace, Stanleytown, Tylorstown, Rhondda Valley. This former Ely Brewery, then Rhymney pub was demolished after a fire. The base of the left-hand column of the former doorway can be seen in the streetview image

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Now and Then, Llynfi Arms Tonddu

The Llynfi, Maesteg Road, Tonddu is looking a lot better in Street View than it is when it was a Whitbread pub after they took over Rhymney Brewery. Now known as the Llynfi Arms

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Now and Then, Usk Inn, Talybont-on-Usk

The Usk Hotel, Station Road, Talybont-on-Usk, Powys, a former Rhymney Brewery pub dates back to the 1840s and was built opposite the now long-gone train station. Now known as the Usk Inn.

Monday, 20 February 2017

Now and Then, former Royal Arms, Pantywaun

The former Royal Arms, Pant-y-Waun, Merthyr Tydfil. Not only has the pub disappeared but the entire village of Pant-y-waun has gone as well as the whole village became an open-cast mine, the Royal Arms Opencast in the 1960s, now filled in and the area landscaped with a new road cutting the site of the pub.

Below: Side by side comparison of the 1888 map showing Pont-y-waun and the modern satellite image with the crosshairs marking the position of the former pub.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Now and Then, former Masons Arms PH, Pantygasseg

The former Rhymney Brewery PH, the Masons Arms, Pantygasseg, Pontypool is now a care home called 'Mountain View'

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Now and Then, Cresselly Arms PH, Mountain Ash

The Cresselly Arms pub, 31 Cardiff Road, Mountain Ash, CF45 4HA is still open as a pub, although according to What Pub the name has changed to The George post-2009

Friday, 17 February 2017

Now and Then, former Cross Hands Hotel, Llanybydder

The former Cross Hands Hotel, The Square, Llanybydder, Teifi Valley as it was when it was owned by Rhymney Brewery and below in Street View, this Grade II listed building was closed and boarded up in 2011.

Now and Then, Albion Arms, Llanybydder

Another former Rhymney Brewery, the Albion Arms in Llanybydder in the Teifi Valley. Still open as a pub according to What Pub

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Now and Then, former Colliers Arms, Cwmgwrach

The former Rhymney Brewery pub, the Colliers Arms, Heol y Felin, Cwmgwrach is now a private house.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Now and Then, former Rose & Crown, Cwmfelin

The former Rose & Crown PH, Mill Street, Cwmfelin, Maesteg. Another former pub once owned by Rhymney Brewery.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Now and Then, former Tredegar Arms, Machen

The former Tredegar Arms, Machen, Mid-Glamorgan was a former Rhymney & Crosswells pub, today it is a private residence

Monday, 13 February 2017

Now and Then, former Lamb & Flag PH, Abercraf

The former Rhymney Brewery Pub, the Lamb & Flag at Cae'r-Lan, Abercraf. Actually these buildings are to the West of Abercraf, also marked as 'Gwaunclawdd' on some maps.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Now & Then, former Cilfynydd Inn, Cilfynydd

The former Cilfynydd Inn, Cilfynydd, Mid-Glamorgan, is now a private residence. The former Rhymney brewery pub closed in 2011.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Now & Then, former Dynevor Arms, Merthyr Tydfil

The former Dynevor Arms, Swansea Road, Merthyr Tydfil, a former Rhymney Brewery pub, now demolished and the building in the Street View image, which was built on land behind the pub is now a Jehovah's Witness cult centre. Some photos of the last night in the pub can be found here. The pub was named after the local landowners. 

Friday, 10 February 2017

Now and Then, former Rising Sun PH, Cefn Coed-y-Cymmer

The former Rising Sun PH, High Street, Cefn Coed-y-Cymmer, Merthyr Tydfil. Another long lost Rhymney Brewery pub, this pub was demolished in 1962.
Thirsty ex-patrons of the pub did not have to go far for another drink though as opposite is the Lord Raglan pub which in the late 1990s briefly experimented with brewing their own beer (it wasn't very good!)

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Now & Then, former Lord Wimborne PH, Cardiff

The former Lord Wimborne PH, 91-93 Portmanmoor Road on corner with Pontypridd Street, Splott, Cardiff, demolished in the 1970s along with the nearby houses and even the streets have gone!. I had to refer back to an 1888 OS map to confirm where Pontypridd Street was, shown below the Google Street view image.
The pub was named after Ivor Churchill Guest, Lord Wimborne, grandson of Sir JJ Guest, owner of the original Dowlais Works in Merthyr Tydfil

Comparison of 1888 map and modern-day satellite image, the cross-hairs show the corner position of where the Lord Wimborne PH stood

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Now and Then, Swan Inn, Aberkenfig

The Swan Inn, Bridgend Road, Aberkenfig was built in 1907, although there is a building on this site on the 1888 OS map.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Now and Then, former Green Dragon Inn, Aberdare

The above photo shows the rear of the former Green Dragon Inn after what appears to be a fire, Had a few problems identifying this location but the windows of the Methodist Church on the left, the cast iron decorative railings of the Constitutional Club roof and the spire of St E;vans Church are all visible from this angle. Added to that the road off High Street is called Green Street. The old photo was slightly to the right of the Google Street View image.

The frontage of the Green Dragon shown in it's Ely Brewery. painted before the takeover by Rhymney Brewery in 1959

Monday, 6 February 2017

Now and Then, Former Star Hotel, Ystrad

Another ex-Rhymney Brewery pub is the former Star Hotel Gelligaled, Ystrad, an impressive building built in 1913 on an older site, possibly on the site of the oldest pub in the Rhondda Valley. Now converted to a supermarket. More history on the former pub here

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Now and Then, The Crown Inn, Waunfelin

The former Rhymney Brewery pub, The Crown Inn, Elled Road, Waunfelin, Pontypool, is now known as The Little Crown. Pub is marked on the 1888 OS map so dates at least before then.

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Now & Then, Prince of Wales, Treorchy

 The Prince of Wales, 21 High Street, Treorchy. A former Rhymney Brewery pub, the pictures show the pub after the takeover by Whitbread and by the look of the cars date to the 1970s

The hatchway in the wall is unusual, perhaps used for off-sales?

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Now & Then, former Victoria PH, Quaker's Yard

The former Victoria Inn, Quaker's Yard, Mid-Glamorgan is now a private house, although the fading Rhymney Brewey Hobby Horse can still be seen on the side of the building


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