The King’s Arms, Abergavenny

Link to French translationThe King’s Arms, 29 Nevill Street, Abergavenny

This building dates from the late 16th century, when it was a coaching inn. It gives us an insight into Abergavenny’s appearance before its extensive rebuilding in the Georgian period. The King’s Arms was modified many times in the three centuries that followed its building, and the stone frontage may have replaced a timber-framed original.

photo_of_kings_arms_coat_of_armsOn the frontage, at first-floor level, is a large and colourful plaster relief of King Charles II’s coat of arms (pictured right). Abergavenny’s first post office was located here.

In 1817 the 15th Hussars were stationed at the King’s Arms. Two years earlier the regiment had fought at the Battle of Waterloo. The soldiers' names, scratched on a beam in the pub, can still be seen.

The pub has a history of brewing its own beer. In the 19th century Thomas Delafield brewed ales and stout here. In 1881 he was fined £2 and ordered to pay legal costs for selling alcohol on a Sunday at a camp of the 2nd Monmouthshire Rifle Volunteers at Llanddewi Skirrid. The “King’s Arms Brewery” was still in business after the First World War.

Over the years, many people have claimed they saw the ghost of a woman dressed in black in the pub, usually on the staircase.

Postcode: NP7 5AA    View Location Map

Website of the King's Arms

Other HAUNTED HiPoints in this region:
Skirrid Mountain Inn, near Abergavenny - said to be haunted by convicts hanged there
Boat Inn, Chepstow – customers in one area are warned they may feel a “sudden shiver”
Ye Olde Murenger House, Newport - apparition appears in one of the upper windows

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