THE PLOUGH INN

RHIGOS

Photograph by Jonathan Billinger

I am led to believe that at one time the Plough was the headquarters for the Rhigos Rugby Club. The upstairs room apparently was used as a changing room and training room for the club. The Rhigos R.F.C. now has itís own clubhouse.

I remember the Plough in the 1960ís when it was a very popular drinking place. It was not a "posh" pub but it had character. The floor of the bar was made of flag stones with several tables and chairs. The heating was provided by a large upright cylindrical stove which had a flat at the top of the front to allow coal to be piled into it. The actual bar was just plain wood, no Formica or other stylish coverings. Behind the bar was a row of trestles on which stood several barrels. Being a "Free House" at that time, there was a selection of different beers from more than one brewery. On each barrel were rows of initials and ticks along side the initials, these ticks indicated how many pints that person had bought on "tick". It was common practice for men to pay their beer bill on a Friday after being paid their wages, then starting a new row of ticks for the next week. The owner then was Trevor Rees.

The local brewery, Evans Evans and Bevan, at one time made Trevor an offer to refurbish the pub on condition that he sold their beer. When he agreed they sent people to check the pub and plan the refurbishment. Part of the plan was to install a beer engine on the bar so that beer stored in the cellar could be pumped up into the bar. When they went to go into the cellar they found it full of water. Pumping was started to remove the water and when the floor came into view they saw several old zinc bowls full of coins. Apparently Trevor's aunty who owned the pub before him had stored her money down there rather than in a bank. The water came from a spring that was coming through the back wall and through a drain under the road at the front. This drain had blocked thus flooding the cellar.

 

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