pre 1771 – c1797
34-36 High Street.
Religious houses ran the earliest true inns to cater for pilgrims and like travellers. The name is thought to have represented the Archangel or St Michael, who was the patron saint of the Knights Templar. They would ‘brand’ a pub with such a symbol to show that it was under God’s protection.
This pub is listed in Earl of Powis Rent Books at the Shropshire Archives, from before 1771 to 1797. It is described as being near the Town Hall with Lord Clive as owner with Byby Lake Esq. as tenant and occupier before 1771, Richard Griffiths as occupier 1771-81 and Jeremiah Bright occupier 1781-97, paying 2/4d annual rent.
A 1796 survey and plan of Walcot properties has the reference (Fp) and identifies the position and name of the Angel Inn, with Jeremiah Bright as tenant. The name of this pub is later changed to the Crown and Star . See Crown & Star.
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Plan and text images reproduced with the consent of the Trustees of the Powis Castle Estate.