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The Ship Inn

 
The pub is called the Ship and is down by the river Arth. The date carved on the beam over the fireplace is 1754 and after it are the initials R.Ll. which stand for Richard Lloyd. ( His father Hugh Lloyd of Wern Ddu has a memorial in the church. )
Daniel Rowlands and Howell Harries both preached at the inn in the 18th Century and Howell Harries baptised the wife of Richard Lloyd there.
It is said that the inn was once much used by smugglers which is quite likely as it is on the Arth and Aberarth was noted for its smuggling. Also, until recently there was a dirt road leading from Pennant along the Arth to Aberarth. This is now overgrown.
Why a pub three miles from the sea should be called the Ship is a mystery. The story is that long ago the daughter of the house married a seafaring man.
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