History of 45 Gwydir Street - formerly the Gwydir Arms

James Porter was publican of the Gwydir Arms in 1879 (see Post Office directory ).

Thomas Holder was publican in 1883 (see Kelly's Directory).

James Utteridge was publican in 1892 (see Kelly's Directory) and in 1904 (see Spaldings directory).

George A. Emery was publican in 1913 (see Spaldings directory) and in 1916 (see Kelly's directory).

June Wilson from Canada emailed me in 2005 as follows:

I was born in July 1931 at Number 45 Gwydir St. when it was at that time "The Gwydir Arms" public house. My grandmother Mrs Amelia Newman was the landlady at the time. My father (her son) Cecil Reginald Brown and my mother Dorothy May were living with her at the time of my birth and we stayed there until I was about 2 years old when we moved to Lovell Road. My father was an insurance agent with the Co-operative Society.

Jane and Mike Sandell emailed me in 2011 as follows:

My husband's great-grandfather's brother Edward Ernest Sandell was a "Licensed Victualler" living at 45 Gwydir Street when he died in July 1945. I bet he's somewhere in the VE Day Celebration Photo! We are assuming that he was landlord of the Gwydir Arms, which was located at that address. We didn't know anything about this ancestor until a couple of weeks ago. Edward Ernest Sandell was from a London family. He would have been about three years old when his father died and he was taken into the workhouse sometime shortly afterwards. He was a seven year old 'inmate' of West London District School 1881 ( a children's home which took children from the local workhouses). He was sent into the Royal Navy where he had achieved the rank of Chief Petty Officer by WWI. He received the Good Conduct Medal 1914, the Distinguished Service Medal 1917 and was Mentioned in Despatches 1917. He also received the 1914-1915 Star, British War Medal and British Victory Medal with Bronze Oak Leaf. He must have been a very special person to have overcome the trauma of being taken away from his widowed mother at such a young age and to have survived the hardship of the workhouse to become such a good and brave sailor!

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