The Angel Inn was situated in what was better known as Y Pwysty on George Street.
Once a weighing house for goods being sold in the market near the Guildhall, it was an incredibly important building in the economic and trading history of the town.
As a public house it boasted its own set of Five Courts in the rear garden. This basic form of hand ball, played against a purpose-built wall was a popular sport in the town as a second court excited behind the Rickards Arms on Swan Street.
At one point Yr Allt and George Street were known as High Street and The Angel was one of several pubs which existed on the road. In 1815 it was licensed by Richard Morgan, followed by John Thomas by 1830 and James Davies in 1844. Josiah Lewis ran the business from 1858 to 1861, followed by George and Margaret Bowen until 1901 when David John became licensee.
The building received a Blue Plaque and became part of a Heritage Trail in recognition of its historical importance.
The Angel Inn - News Reports
THEFT FROM ANGEL HOTEL
22 April 1899
Margaret Giles, a young girl of about 13 living at Llantrisant, was charged with stealing half-a-sovereign from the bar of the Angel Hotel on the 31st March. Evidence was given by Mrs John, the prosecutor and Sergeant Hole, who stated that when he arrested the defendant she denied all knowledge of the theft. His wife searched the girl and he took the youthful prisoner to the steps near the church, where she produced the half sovereign, which she had buried in the ground. The mother, who was present, said this was the first time her daughter had committed theft. She had sent her to the Angel for some beer. The mother was bound over to bring her daughter up for judgment when called upon.
EARLY MORNING TRAVELLERS
15 June 1880
George Bowen, landlord of the Angel Inn was charged with supplying drink during prohibited hours. Police sergeant Tamplin proved the offence. It seemed that two men were found by the sergeant at one o'clock on Sunday morning in the defendant's house. One of the men was playing the concertina, and the other and the landlord were singing "The Land of My Fathers." It was proved that the man playing the concertina was from Pontypridd, but the other man lived in Llantrisant. The Stipendiary told the defendant that he was hardly fit to be entrusted with a license. His wife was much to be pitied. Defendant was fined land costs. Defendant said: "All right, my wife will pay. I am not trusted with any money." The Stipendiary responded with: "And a very good job, too."
26 August 1876
At the police court, yesterday, before Mr G. Williams (stipendiary), George Bowen, landlord of the Angel Inn, Llantrisant, was summoned by the police authorities for permitting drunkenness on his premises on the 21st July. Police- sergeant Tamplin said that about 7.30 on the evening in question, hearing a noise in the defendants house, he went there and saw two men fighting. They were both drunk. He spoke to the defendant about them, and left the house. About five minutes afterwards the noise recommenced. He went to the house and found the men fighting again. For the defence it was argued that the men were not drunk, but were quarrelling about some beer. The case was dismissed.