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The Bear's Head, Newtown
The Bear's Head c1890,
from a larger photograph
Powysland Museum and Montgomery Canal Centre

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Hotels and Pubs in Broad Street, Newtown

Broad Street was particularly well supplied with hostelries, containing no less than 10 in 1891. These ranged from the larger hotels to small pubs.

The largest seems to have been The Bear's Head Hotel at 4 Broad Street, although the staff rather outnumbered the guests at census time. For around 50 years, the Bear's Head had been run by Mrs Elizabeth Langworthy, but she had died in 1889. Managing a hotel was apparently seen as a respectable occupation for a woman in the nineteenth century, as in 1891 the hotel was still being managed by a woman - Jane Jenkins. By the time of Slater's 1895 Trade Directory the hotel had again changed hands and was run by P Wilson Jones.


1891 Census
Bear's Head Hotel
Name Position in
household
Marital
status
Age Occupation Place of Birth English/Welsh
speaker
Pryce W Jones Head S 30 Hotel Proprietor Cairn Montgomeryshire Both
John R Bennett Boarder S 29 Commercial Traveller Hereford English
Edward B Procter Boarder Wid 46 Gentleman Tenby Pembroke English
Jane Jenkins Serv S 32 Hotel Manageress Llandinam Montgomeryshire Both
Ellen Price Serv S 29 Waitress Llanidloes Montgomeryshire Both
Margaret Lloyd Cook S 49 Cook Berriew Montgomeryshire English
Sarah J Owen Serv S 20 Housemaid Penstrowed Montgomeryshire Both
Susan Pugh Serv S 16 Kitchenmaid Newtown Montgomeryshire English

Unicorn Hotel, Newtown
The Unicorn Hotel c1890,
from a larger photograph
Powysland Museum and
Montgomery Canal Centre

In fact, in 1891 most of the pubs and hotels in Broad Street were run by women. Two next door to one another were the Unicorn Hotel at Number 11 and the Blue Bell at Number 12.

The Unicorn Hotel
Name Position in
household
Marital
status
Age Occupation Place of Birth English/Welsh
speaker
Jane Breeze Head Wid 71 Hotel Keeper ?brook ? English
Harry Breeze Son S 29 Assistant Newtown Montgomery English
Emma Wilde Niece S 39 Barmaid Birmingham English
Margaret Morris Serv S 25 Waitress Towyn Merioneth Both
Elizabeth Pugh Serv S 27 Cook Dolfor Montgomery English
John Jones Serv M 58 Ostler Lampeter Cardigan Both
The Blue Bell
Harriet Morris Head Wid 61 Innkeeper Brompton Derby English
Annie Hamer Serv S 31 Domestic Servant Llandinam Montgomery English
Sarah Hamer Serv S 23 Domestic Servant Dolfor Montgomery English
Edgar J M Mole Serv S 13 Servant Kerry Montgomery English
Martin Mallinson Lodger   4 Lodger York English

In Sutton's Trade Directory of 1890, the Blue Bell is listed as being run by an Edward Morris - Harriet had perhaps only recently been widowed at census time.

Yet another pub run by a woman was the Elephant and Castle, but as with the other inns in town seemed a little short of guests.

Elephant and Castle
Name Position in
household
Marital
status
Age Occupation Place of Birth English/Welsh
speaker
Emily Turner Head S 33 Hotel Keeper Newtown Montgomery English
J? Back Assistant S 36 Housekeeper Salop Culmington English
Ann Taylor Serv S 34 Waitress Mont Welshpool English
Elizabeth Lawrence Serv S 29 Cook Shifnal Salop English
Elizabeth Ford Serv S 21 Housemaid Llandrindod Radnor English
John Thomas Serv S 28 Boots Mont Caersws English

John Thomas, the "boots", would have had general portering duties at the hotel which included cleaning the boots.

Yet another pub with a female licensee was the Black Boy at number 31:

The Black Boy
Name Position in
household
Marital
status
Age Occupation Place of Birth English/Welsh
speaker
Georgina A Owen Head Wid 67 Hotel Keeper Mont Welshpool English
Charlotte A Percival Dau M 35   Everton Liverpool English
Henry H Percival Grandson   8 Scholar Stratford English
Martha Hamer Serv S 26 General Domestic Serv Llanbrynmair Montgomery Both

Finally, there was the King's Head at number 53.

The King's Head, 53 Broad Street
Name Position in
household
Marital
status
Age Occupation Place of Birth English/Welsh
speaker
John Hilson (?) Head M 39 Innkeeper Shropshire English
Hannah Hilson (?) Wife M 36   Shropshire English
Annie Withers Serv S 17 Domestic servant North Wales English

The King's Head had changed hands a few times prior to this, having been listed in Sutton's Directory as being run by Emily K Evans. One of the previous licensees had been David Kinsey whose widow still lived in Broad Street in 1891.

There was another pub called Castle Vaults at number 46, but was not home to anyone at census time.

Advert for Cambrian Vaults, Newtown
Advert from Suttons Directory for the Cambrian Vaults, Newtown
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