Former corn warehouse, Aberystwyth

link_to_french_translationFormer corn warehouse, Bridge Street

This distinctive building was erected as a corn warehouse in 1860 for Matthew Davies of the Tanybwlch estate, near Aberystwyth. The corn could be loaded directly onto vessels on the river Rheidol, through the large archway in the south wall. The building contained a kiln for drying corn.

It may include parts of the earlier warehouse which stood on the site. In 1818 the warehouse became home to Aberystwyth’s first theatre. Tradition has it that Brecon-born Sarah Siddons appeared there, possibly to give a public reading after retiring from theatrical productions in 1812. She was one of Britain’s most acclaimed actresses in the early 19th century, famed for her performances as Lady Macbeth, and is commemorated by a white marble statue in Westminster Abbey.

By 1886 the building housed McIlquham’s china store. The McIlquham family was involved in Ceredigion’s industrialisation in the Victorian era. Other uses for this site at various times have included a chapel and marine stores.

In 1982 the building became a wine bar and fondue restaurant called Bacchus. Rummers Wine Bar has occupied the ground floor since 1986. The upper storeys are residential apartments.

Postcode: SY23 1QD View Location Map

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