Marquis of Angelesey. aka. The Black Man

Marquis of Angelesey. Local pub on Ashmill Street

By Patrick Kelly

   In this photograph, taken in the summer of 1929. Shows a group outside the pub getting ready to leave on a day trip to the sea side. My father Bill Kelly, then fifteen is standing top center on the bus, or Carabang as they were called then. His father, my grandfather is forth from the left of the men kneeling with caps.

My aunt Mary Kelly, later to become Mary Lynch is the little girl peeking out on the right. She would in the future marry Bill Lynch and live across the street at number  4 Lyon House.

   Although I was not to be born for another eight years, many of the faces in this photograph seem familiar. Later as a little kid I remember this pub during the war years. My dad on army leave drinking with his mates and me sitting on the doorstep drinking lemonade and many years after as an art student, downing brown ale with my dad and uncle Bill. Reg Hobbs was the owner then, nice man, and his wife also. His son took over as governor.

   I have great memories of this pub and will write more. It has a special place in my heart and mind. Last summer I went to visit and found it closed. I wished I could reopen it!





Photo:Ashmill Street. Summer 1929

Ashmill Street. Summer 1929

This page was added on 24/04/2012.
Comments about this page

Who remembers Gordon Lindsay ? A kind Scotsman, if there were any kids outside the 'Blackman' ( as the Marquis of Anglesey pub was known to the locals) he would throw a handful of coins to them, what a scrabble it caused. Mr. Lindsay worked as an Escapologist & Magician. The pub was my grandparents Alice and Richard Griffiths's local. Every Friday evening they would trot off to buy a jug of Stout or their children would take them there for a bevy.

By Doreen ( Griffiths ) Paganini
On 16/05/2013

Yes I remember seeing Mr Lindsey and his daughter perform on the Met.

By Pat (Stacey) Waites
On 17/01/2014

I was born at No. 98 Ashmill Street on 13th March 1923 and when I was 11 we moved into No. 7 Anthony House. We left there in 1937 and moved to Southfields but my Gran lived at No. 41 Whitehaven Street. The Crimmins family lived in 98 too because it was 3 storeys and the 5 of us lived in 2 rooms on the top floor and the Crimmins's had the rest of the house because they had 10 children. 17 of us shared the outside loo! Those were the days!!!!

By Peggy Carpenter nee Crooks
On 07/05/2014

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