The Mansel Arms was one of the oldest inns in Llanelli. It was said to have been licensed as far back as 1748 and held in the hands of the same family from 1788 to 1896. The old inn formerly stood at the corner of Church Street (upper) and Hall Street, on the site of the present day Mansel Hotel (Ruby’s).
In 1805 an agreement was made between…
Edward William Richard Mansel Esquire, of Stradey and David Howell of Llanelly, Mercer, for the lease of two houses in Llanelly, one called the Mansel Arms and of the fields in the Llanelly Parish called Park yr Erw, Cook and Garddebach for 21 years at the rent of £36-15-0.
Park yr Erw, Cook and Garddebach were fields located at what we know today as ‘Sunny Hill’ and ‘Union Buildings’ on Felinfoel Road.
No doubt, from the above agreement, the inn was named after the Mansel family who lived at the Stradey Mansion. The Mansel family were the main landowners in Llanelli west of the river Lliedi. It is probable that the Mansel Coat of Arms would have been depicted on a sign in a prominent position swinging outside the inn. There is no known complete photograph of the old Mansel, but an interesting print dated 1798 of a sketch of Church Street shows a small portion of its frontage adjacent to the thatched cottages that once stood in that place. Over the years the published name of the establishment has changed its spelling in a number of ways i.e., The Mansell Arms, The Mansell’s Arms and The Mansel’s Arms.
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