Gemig Street & former Red Lion Inn, St Asaph

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Gemig Street & former Red Lion Inn, St Asaph

The name of this street derives from the Welsh word “cam”, meaning crooked. It’s basically a crescent-shaped street, as it was when John Speed mapped St Asaph in 1611. However, the same map reveals how most of the other streets were straight, making Gemig Street stand out. The descent as well as the curve also emphasise the irregularity.

old photo of red lion innIf you’ve just scanned the QR codes at the street’s junction with High Street, walk a short distance down Gemig Street and look to your left to see the former Red Lion Inn (set back from the road, behind Felton House). The inn was built in the late 16th or early 17th century. Some 200 years later, the first floor was used as a theatre. A programme listing plays which were staged there in 1806 survives.

A large model of a red lion stood guard on the flat roof above the crenellated porch, as can be seen in the 1905 photo on the right. The lion was removed after the pub closed in the early 21st century. The building is now a private house – please don’t disturb the residents.

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Postcode: LL17 0RY