Ye Olde Murenger House

Ye Olde Murenger House facade

Ye Olde Murenger House is a 19th century pub with a mock Tudor front on High Street, Newport, Wales.[1][2] It replaced a 17th century pub, the Fleur de Lys, on the same site. It is named after the medieval job of a murenger, a person who collected tolls for the repair of the town walls, and is Grade II listed due to its historic interest to the immediate area.[3]

History [ edit ]

The pub takes its name from the job of a murenger, a medieval person who collected tolls for the building or repair of town walls. The taxes were called a murage.[3]

A building on this site was first mentioned in 1533, a town house for the Herbert family of St Julians Manor.[1] By the 17th century, it had become a pub called the Fleur de Lys.[1] According to Cadw the original building was a single-storey stone structure, which was demolished in 1816 and replaced by the current public house, established in 1819.[3] A photo taken around 1900 shows the distinctive mock Tudor jetties did not exist at the time and these were added after this date.[2]

It became a Grade II listed building in 1951 because of its historic interest to the immediate area.[3] In a poor state of repair in the 1970s, the pub was taken over by Sam Smith's in 1980, repaired and re-opened in 1983.[1] In 2014 Ye Olde Murenger was suggested as a candidate for the Old Kent Road space on a Newport version of the board game Monopoly.[4]

Description [ edit ]

The pub has three jettied storeys plus an attic with the gable facing the street. The latter has a three-light casement window. The first and second storeys have broad oriel windows flanked by square panelling with a close studded band below. The facade of the ground floor is an early twentieth-century public house front on the left with a six-light window on the right side.[3] It has a painting of the former undefeated British heavyweight champion boxer David 'Bomber' Pearce.

References [ edit ]

  1. ^ a b c d "Royal Oak Hotel, 200 Broadway, Cardiff, CF24 1QJ". South Wales Echo. Cardiff. 16 May 2009. Retrieved 22 May 2015.
  2. ^ a b "NOW AND THEN: High Street, Newport". South Wales Argus. Newport. 10 December 2013. Retrieved 22 May 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Ye Olde Murenger House PH, Stow Hill". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 22 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Newport man thinks medieval pub Ye Olde Murenger House, should feature on city Monopoly". South Wales Argus. Newport. 20 March 2014. Retrieved 22 May 2015.

Coordinates: 51°35′20″N2°59′46″W / 51.5889°N 2.9962°W / 51.5889; -2.9962

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