Horse & Groom

Originally called The Boot and occupied in 1791 by Miles Williams, it was later renamed the Horse and Groom.

During the 1830s to the 1850s the tenant, Morgan Evans, was also operating a malthouse off High Street belonging to a Mr Harris of Treferig. 

Roderick Lewis is listed as licensee in 1861, a decade before he took the Wheatsheaf Hotel nearby and became a long-term friend of Dr William Price. He was even the executor of his Will.

By 1871 the property was passed on to Thomas David and in 1891 the licensee is listed as none other than Taliesin Morgan, the Clerk of Llantrisant Town Trust and author of the 1898 edition of the history of the town.

Horse & Groom - News Reports

8 September 1898
At the Llanirisant Police Court on Friday before Mr Godfrey L. Clark and Mr Evan John - John Connybeare, landlord of the Horse and Groom Inn, Llantrisant, was summoned for being drunk on the 28th August. Defendant did not appear, but was represented by Mr Stock- wood, Bridgend, who admitted the offence, but added that the defendant was now very sorry. P.C. Lucas proved the case ,and said that when he entered the house on the day in question the defendant was very drunk, and challenged everyone to fight. The Bench imposed a fine of 10s.

21 May 1898
At the Llantrisant Police Court on Friday— before Messrs Godfrey L. Clarke, Evan John, and P. J. Dunn-John Jones. Llantrisant summoned a labourer named William Powell, of the same place for assault. Mr J. Brvant, solicitor, Pontypridd, defended. The prosecutor said that on Saturday evening, the 23rd ult., he was coming out of the Horse and Groom Llantrisant, when he saw the defendant, who struck him with a walking stick thereby causing him to fall. Whilst in this position, he received several kicks from the defendant. In cross-examination, he denied having previously assaulted the defendant. They were enemies. Fred Robins gave corroborative evidence. For the defence it was urged that the prosecutor had provoked the defendant, whom he had assaulted upon several occasions. The Bench inflicted a penalty of £2. The defendant was further charged with cruelty to a dog, belonging to the prosecutor. A man named James Williams said that he saw the defendant, strike the doc near the public- house on the evening in question. A fine of 10s, including costs, was imposed.

8 September 1898
Mary Evans, landlady of the Horse and Groom. Llantrisant, was charged with permitting drunkenness. Sergeant Tamplin stated that at a quarter to eleven o'clock on Saturday night he found three men, named Henry Hoyle, John Symons, and Thomas Thomas, drunk in defendant's house. Witness also alleged that the defendant became so excited when he called her attention to the drunken men that she ordered him out. Symons asked who had annoyed the landlady, and when they got outside he assaulted witness. He was convicted for this at Ystrad and fined. Defendant was fined 10s and costs.