The Hancock, Mumbles

link_to_french_translationThe Hancock, Mumbles

This pub was previously known as the William Hancock, after the brewery which owned it at one time. The brewery originated in Somerset in 1807 and began brewing in Cardiff in 1883 after acquiring the first of eight Welsh breweries which Hancock’s eventually bought. A separate company, called William Hancock and Co Ltd, was established in 1887 to cover the rapid expansion in South Wales. The Bass Charrington brewery acquired the company in 1968.

The walls of The Hancock are festooned with photos of sportspeople from Swansea and further afield. Footballers depicted include Ronnie Burgess, who played for Wales and Tottenham Hotspur in the 1950s, and John Hartson, who played for Wales before being diagnosed in 2009 with cancer, which he overcame. Rugby players include former Wales international Jonathan Davies, now familiar as a rugby broadcaster. Boxers whose photos you can see in the pub include Alan Minter (pictured right), who was a middleweight champion in the 1970s, and kickboxing champion Steve Babbs.

Also on display is a photo of Hollywood actor Michael Douglas at The Hancock while visiting his parents-in-law, who live nearby. His wife, actress Catherine Zeta Jones, hails from Swansea.

Outside The Hancock, on the opposite side of Myrtle Terrace, stands a disused drinking fountain erected with “voluntary contributions” in March 1863 to celebrate the wedding of Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, and Princess Alexandra.

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