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A few interesting facts about an Irish couple who kept the Welsh Harp Inn, Abbot Street, Wrexham in the 19th c.
A few interesting facts about an Irish couple who kept the Welsh Harp Inn, Abbot Street, Wrexham in the 19th c.

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Published by: Annette Edwards on Jul 10, 2010
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Go to any large town and you are sure to find an Irish Bar. Scruffy Murphy's, O'Reilly's,Brannigans, O’Neill’s and probably not a patch on the real thing.Back in the 19
c Wrexham we had a `real` Irish pub, it was called the Welsh Harp and wasrun by the Caffertys from about 1865.Michael and Margaret Cafferty were both born in Ireland about 1840. In 1851 Margaret, stillunmarried, was living in Pentrefelin with her parents Nicholas and Mary Walsh, also withthem were siblings Patrick and Anne.By 1861 Mary had died, Margaret had married Michael Cafferty and they were living at 26Belle Vue Road with her father. Their first child Thomas Cafferty was born 2nd Oct 1861.Nicholas died in 1876.In the Wrexham Advertiser (I shall call it the WA) 9th October 1869 there was a Notice of Auction of the Welsh Harp Inn, in the possession of Michael Cafferty. It must have been a bitworrying for the couple as she was pregnant at the time. However in the WA later that yearthere was an announcement of the birth of twin sons to the wife of Mr Michael Cafferty onthe 22
Dec 1869 at the Welsh Harp.On 12
July1873 it was Margaret who made the Local News Section in the WA.BEWAREMargaret Cafferty landlady of the Welsh Harp, Abbot Street was charged with assault onAndrew Johnson, a tin plate worker in Tuesday last. The complainant went to a dung heapbelonging to Mr Lovatt in Abbot St when the defendant came out: and although he humblybegged her pardon she struck him with a broom giving him a black eye and bruising his arm.A witness saw the defendant swing the broom with some intent catching him on the side of the face. The defence was that the complainant (who was not on the manure) made animproper overture when the defendant struck him with the broom. Defendant called a witnesswho saw them `fighting right well` and the woman appeared to have the best of it. He toldcomplainant to use his senses before his fists was better.The Mayor said the complainant had been guilty of an act of indecency in going where hecould be seen from a private house, the case therefore was dismissed.
In the WA of June 12, 1875, there is a notice that the Wrexham School Board served Michael,along with many other fathers in Wrexham a notice for their attention to irregular attendanceof their children at school.A report in the WA on 1st April 1876THE TAN-YARD MYSTERY .A very brief version of the inquest,A Michael Moran had been found dead in a tan pit at the Beast Market. Hugh Jones a colliergave evidence that he knew the deceased. They had left home in the Pentre and gone to theTurf. There they met a woman with black curly hair, she had some children with her andasked if she could sing. She looked young - about 40! They all left the Turf and the deceasedwho said he wanted to see a man called Kelly went on first with the woman.Hugh Jones then went to the Cross Foxes but met Moran again in the Green Man where heseemed a bit tipsy. Hugh Jones then went home leaving him behind. Other people werementioned as having being with Moran during the evening.Margaret Cafferty, landlady of the Welsh Harp said that Moran had been in her house atabout 10pm. He didn’t ask for a drink and left. Rebecca Jervis, servant at the Green Man saidshe saw Moran at about 10 pm; he was drunk when he came in and went to sleep. Thelandlord Stephen Jones woke him up and turned him out as he certainly was not sober.
John Edwards, tanner at Mr Walter Jones tan yard found Moran in the pit. It was about fourfeet deep and the liquor in it was `lime water`. The deceased pockets contained a shilling insilver, 3d in copper, a wooden pipe, two clay pipes, a broken brandy bottle some clay marbles,pocket handkerchief etc.There followed a detailed report on the post mortem and that he had drowned, but there wasno evidence to show how he had got in the pit. There were other people seen with the deceasedduring the course of the night. Enquiry terminated.THE FUNERALThe funeral of the deceased took place at the Wesleyan Chapel ground, Brake Chapel Moss.A Mr T Lloyd who was connected to the chapel and had given permission for the burial wasasked to officiate. The parents are Irish Catholics and permission was given in a neighbourlyfashion without any expectation of the usual decencies being interfered with.A number of people of the same nationality and religion went from Wrexham to the funeraland it must be admitted that they did not conduct themselves as orderly and reverential asthey ought to have done. They interfered with the arrangements so far that one of them wentthrough part of the Catholic service in the Latin language, though not in the soberestcondition at the time. Pipes were smoked freely in the Chapel yard during the ceremony andaltogether it was an unseemly sight. The trustee who had given permission tried to check thedisorder, but he had no help, as neighbours would not interfere in the scene. Such a scene hadnever before occurred anywhere in the district and care will be taken against its occurrence.28
January 1882. WASUPPLYING DRINK TO DRUNKEN PERSONSMichael was summoned by PC Bagshawe with supplying drink to drunken persons on the 11
inst. Mr Ashton Bradley appeared for the defendant. PC Bagshawe said he was in AbbotStreet about 10.30 pm when he saw two men named Fox and Lynch who were both drunk entering the Welsh Harp. He waited long enough to see they were not turned out, calledanother officer who went into the house with him, they found the men with a quart of beerand a glass before them. Mrs Cafferty was called, she said she know nothing about the men.The officers were cross examined as to why they didn’t arrest both men if they thought theywere drunk, rather than wait for them to go into the house. It was suggested that they waitedin order to have a case against the publican.Mr Bradley said the defendant had been in the house for 17 years without any previouscomplaint. The officer Bagshawe had come from Manchester and had only been in Wrexhamfor three months.Both Mrs Cafferty and her daughter Mary were of the opinion that the men were not drunk.Michael was given a caution, the fine and costs amounted to 30 s were paid.22
April 1882A meeting of the Wrexham School Board was reported in the WA.Twenty-two fathers were named. Their children were referred to as defaulting attenders byDavid Lloyd Jones, attendance officerMichael Cafferty Abbot St. Michael 12; James 10; very irregular.22
July 1882THE ADVENTURES OF A FERRETIt was reported in the WA that Michael Cafferty, employed by Mr Bierne, brewer, Wrexhamwas charged with stealing a ferret, the property of Edward Parry, rat-catcher, Salop Road.The prosecutor said that a few days before he had been killing rats at Mr Wright’s, PulestonMills where he lost the ferret. He looked for it but failed to find it. Some women told him the

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