Ye Olde Murenger House
Ye Olde Murenger House is a 19th century pub with a mock Tudor front on High Street, Newport, Wales. 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.
History [ edit ]
A building on this site was first mentioned in 1533, a town house for the Herbert family of St Julians Manor. By the 17th century, it had become a pub called the Fleur de Lys. 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. A photo taken around 1900 shows the distinctive mock Tudor jetties did not exist at the time and these were added after this date.
It became a Grade II listed building in 1951 because of its historic interest to the immediate area. 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. 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.
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. It has a painting of the former undefeated British heavyweight champion boxer David 'Bomber' Pearce.
References [ edit ]
- "Royal Oak Hotel, 200 Broadway, Cardiff, CF24 1QJ". South Wales Echo. Cardiff. 16 May 2009. Retrieved 22 May 2015.
- "NOW AND THEN: High Street, Newport". South Wales Argus. Newport. 10 December 2013. Retrieved 22 May 2015.
- "Ye Olde Murenger House PH, Stow Hill". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 22 May 2015.
- "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.