The Black Lion Church Street

c1788 – c1848

29 Church Street

The Black Lion Inn was recorded in the Earl of Powis Rent books (Shropshire Archives) from 1788 to 1830. George Beddoes was recorded as tenant and William Sayce as the sub-tenant up to 1804 and then Mary Watters ran it until 1828. John Vickers (cooper) took it over and was also given a license for the Kings Head across the road (in 1832). Rent was 2/7d per annum throughout this time.

There is a contract for sale concluded in 1871 of “Lot 13 in the 1848 auction, the Old Black Lion House, buildings, yards and garden in Church Street, Lord Powis to John Jones of Bishop’s Castle, carpenter”. This suggests that The Black Lion closed around 1848, thus becoming the Old Black Lion. The 1871 census shows the previous occupant was Richard Haycock, a builder and indicates that the pub had been closed for a while. John Jones appears in the 1881 census as Cabinet Maker in Church Street.

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