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Commercial Hotel (Cambrian Hotel)

During the mid 1800s this part of Alexandra Road used to be called Lewis Terrace.

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1868 – Slater's Directory 1868 – Commercial, John Melling, Lewis Terrace.

1869 – New Guide to Aberystwyth – Advert – 'Commercial Hotel, opposite the Railway Station, Aberystwyth. John Mellings' dining, coffee and refreshment rooms. Horses and conveyances for hire.'

1871 Census- Innkeeper – Commercial Vaults

Margaret Mellings, head, widow, age 52, born in Montgomery, innkeeper.
Elizabeth A. Mellings, daughter, age 26, born in Montgomery, assistant.
Margaret Mellings, daughter, age 15, born in Montgomery, dressmaker.
John Mellings, son, age 14, born in Montgomery, scholar.
Thomas I. Spencer, visitor, age 23, born in Montgomery, Late Precentor, St. Peters, Plymouth.
Mary Jones, servant, age 25, born in Montgomery, general servant.

1871 – Post Office Directory of Monmouthshire and South Wales 1871 – Commercial Inn, Lewis Terrace, Margaret Mellings.

1871 - Cambrian News - 18/2/1871

'Keeping a Public House open on a Sunday - MrsMellings of the Commercial Vaults Inn was summoned for this offence. P C Lewis Davies...passed Mellings's house at 12 o'clock last Sunday morning. He saw two men in the bar through the window, when they recognised him, they stooped down. He came nearer and could see one of the men drinking. Mrs Mellings was at the time inside the counter. Presently, she came to the door and said to him that the men had only one glass each...and had been given to them gratuitously and such being the case, Mrs Mellings would not be liable as no money had passed....The bench dismissed the summons'    

1875 – According to Worrall's Directory 1875 the landlady at the time was Margaret Melling.

1880 – Slater's Directory of North and South Wales 1880 – Commercial, Margaret Melling, Lewis Terrace.

1881 Census– Innkeeper – 10 Lewis Terrace – Commercial Inn

John Rees, head, age 37, born in Llanbadarn, innkeeper.
Jane Rees, wife, age 38, born in Monmouth.
Mary Jones, servant, age 24, born in Llandysul, barmaid.
Elizabeth Evans, servant, age 23, born in Cards., domestic servant.
David Jas Francis, nephew, age 7, born in Gloucester, scholar.
Frederick Ebrey, age 35, born in Salop, farmer.
David Ellis, boarder, age 30, born in Salop, horse dealer.
John Moreton, age 27, born in Salop, horse dealer.
Joseph Jones, boarder, age 38, born in Cardigan, cattle dealer.
William Jones, age 34, born in Cards., cattle dealer.
John Brown, boarder, age 67, born in Salop, horse dealer.
John Ellis, age 58, born in Salop, horse dealer.
William Rodgers, age 38, born in Cards., cattle dealer.
David James, age 20, born in Cards., cattle dealer.
Was rebuilt by Roberts and Sons, Brewers.

1891 Census – Hotel Keeper – 10 Lewis Terrace – Commercial Hotel

Jane Rees, head, widow, age 49, born in Monmouth, hotel keeper.
James Robinson, boarder, age 37, born in Skenfrith, ostler.
Anne Jane James, niece, age 11, born in Aberystwyth.
Maria Langley, servant, age 28, born in New Quay, cook.
Ellen Bland, servant, age 16, born in Aberystwyth, barmaid.
Frederick Ebery, boarder, age 49, born in Shropshire, cattle dealer.
Henry Ebery, boarder, age 43, born in Shropshire, cattle dealer.
Frederick Morton, boarder, age 35, born in Chester, cattle dealer.
John Morton, boarder, age 37, born in Chester, cattle dealer.
Edward Morton, boarder, age 24, born in Chester, cattle dealer.
Joseph Jones, boarder, age 49, born in Pontrhydygroes, cattle dealer.
William H. Garside, boarder, age 45, born in Wakefield, cattle dealer.
William Walker, boarder, age 22, born in Wakefield, cattle dealer.

1895 – Slater's Directory of North and Mid Wales 1895 – Commercial Hotel, Mrs Jane Rees, Railway Terrace.

1900 – Bennett's Business Directory – 'Commercial Hotel, J. Reese, prop. Every accommodation for visitors and private apartments.'

1912 – Wales Trades Directory 1912 – Commercial Hotel, 13 Alexandra Road. (The road is now called Alexandra Road).

1918 – Trade Directory Wales – 'Commercial Hotel, facing railway station. First class family and commercial hotel, special terms for winter months. Albert Potts, proprietor. Phone no. 62.'

1920 – According to Kelly's Directory 1920 the landlord was Albert Potts.

1926 – Wales Trades Directory – 'Commercial Hotel, facing Railway Station.'

1926 – Aberystwyth Guide – 'Commercial Hotel, Aberystwyth. Opposite station. Two minutes from sea. Fully licensed. Home comforts with moderate charges. Garage. Telephone : 62. Proprietor : George Bennett.'

1931 – Biarritz of Wales Guide – Advert – 'Commercial Hotel. Family and Commercial. Telephone 62. Telegrams : Commercial. Opposite station, three minutes from the sea, tennis courts, bowling green. Spacious bright rooms. Excellent cuisine. Garage. Proprietor : George Bennett.' (with photograph).

1936 – Wales Trades Directory - Advert (with photograph) – 'Commercial Hotel, opposite station. Family and commercial, also A.A., fully licensed, garage. A. E. Jones, proprietor. Tel. add. Commercial Hotel, Aberstwyth. Phone 562.'

1940s – Aberystwyth : For Glorious Holdays – Advert – 'Commercial Hotel. Telephone 562. Telegrams – Commercial. Two minutes sea and river fishing. Three minutes bowling and tennis club. Five minutes excellent 18 hole gold course by car. Redecorated, hot and cold running water in all bedrooms. Excellent cuisine. Garage. Arnold E. Jones.'

1948 – Aberystwyth 1948 – Advert – 'Commercial Hotel. Tel : 562. Family and commercial. Fully licensed. J. N. Morris.'

1957-1974 – Tom Ellis landlord.

1969 – Aberystwyth : For the Perfect Holiday (Guide Book) – Advert – (With photograph) – 'Cambrian Hotel. Telephone 562. Alexandra Road (opposite railway station). Fully licensed. Open all the year round. Comfortabe lounges, TV, Hot and Cold Water. Electric shaver sockets and electric fires in all bedrooms. Our three bars are noted for their friendly atmosphere. Three minutes from the sea front. Terms on application. Cuisine and catering are of the best and under the personal supervision of the proprietors : Mr and Mrs T. E. Ellis.'

1971 – Aberystwyth : sun, sea, scenery – advert (with photograph) – 'Noted for good food. Cambrian Hotel. R.A.C. and A.A. Telephone 2562. Fully licensed. Open all the year round. Comfortable lounges. T.V. Hot and cold water. Electric shaver sockets and electric fires in all bedrooms. Our three bars are noted for their friendly atmosphere. Coach parties catered for. Three minutes from the sea front. The cuisine and catering are the best and under the personal supervision of the proprietors : Mr and Mrs T. E. Ellis.'

1977 – Aberystwyth : Town and Around – Advert – 'Noted for Good Food. Cambrian Hotel, Alexandra Road. Telephone 612446. Fully licensed, open all year round. Comfortable lounges, T.V. hot and cold water, electric shaver sockets, electric radiators and radios in all bedrooms, lounge, bar and dining room are conditioned for you comfort. Our bars are noted for their friendly atmosphere. Coach parties catered for. Three minutes from the sea front. Terms on application. The cuisine and catering are the best, and under the personal supervision of the proprietors Mr and Mrs R. A. Davies.' (photograph)

1995 – Aberystwyth Town and District Guide – Advert – 'Cambrian Hotel, Alexandra Road, Aberystwyth. Tel (01970) 612446. Bar food and snacks, lunch and evening every day. Lively bars open all day, wicked cocktails try ours....invent your own! Real ales. Restaurant also available for buffets, weddings, parties, club meeting room available.' (llun o'r Cambrian).

1998 – Aberystwyth and District Guide – advert – 'Cambria Hotel, Alexandra Road. Tel ; 01970 612446. Bar food and snacks, lunch and evenings, every day. Lively bars, open all day, wicked cocktails, try ours....invest your own, real ales. Restaurant also available for buffets, weddings, parties. Club meeting rooms available.'