Hunter Valley Inns & Hotels

The Angel Inn

West Maitland

A traveller to Wallis Plains in 1826 wrote of the Angel Inn: -

From Nelson's Plains, we proceeded early in the morning to Wallis's Plains, and there breakfasted. The navigation of Hunter's River may be said to terminate at this place, which provincially is called " the Settlement at the Banks." It consists of a cluster of detached cottages, which may be designated a hamlet. You would suppose the inhabitants were only tenants at will, who did not care to build on other people's ground.. It's a sorry sight to see bad buildings any where, and its very grating to an Englishman when he leaves the dusty streets to take a turn amongst the rural virtues of a village life, there to find nothing of the sort. The people generally appear a very hardy race, with a great capacity for being industrious, cleanly, honest, and obliging - all special virtues in a peasantry. I put up at the Angel Inn, which has every accommodation for travellers; a quarter of a pipe of wine on draft, plenty to eat, and good beds. A young man (a native), told me he wished to rent it of the landlord, and had offered him 100 per annum; but he asked 200 per annum ! for an obscure pot-house; only think of that!...The Monitor

The Angel Inn was built by Molly Morgan. Allan Wood in Dawn in the Valley wrote of the Angel Inn - The land on which the Angel Inn was built was considered promised to Mary Hunt (Morgan) in or before 1829 but was measured and reserved for her earlier. Mary (Morgan) Hunt applied unsuccessfully for a licence to sell spirits in 1828. Thomas Hunt applied for a publican's license at the end of 1828.

The Angel Inn was leased to George Yeomans in 1827

By 1831 Henry Hewitt was innkeeper. Later in that year Hewitt moved to his newly built Albion Inn

John Taylor held the license for the Angel Inn in April 1844 and 1845

John Stone was leaseholder in 1845 - 1849. The Inn, a substantial brick building, was advertised for sale by John Taylor in 1846 when he was planning to travel to England. The Angel, the 'oldest established Inn in the district', was said to be in full trade; the proprietor Mr. Stone was described as a most respectable tenant who held a lease of about 18 months at 104 per annum.

The Angel had always been conspicuous for the extraordinary trade it had commanded and it was said that most of the residents of the neighbourhood knew of several ample fortunes  realised by succeeding occupants. Also advertised for sale was the neat three room cottage residence of the proprietor, enclosed in an effective six foot paling fence with a lawn and flower garden in front and fruit trees in the rear.

In 1846 Charles Vavasour Earl's London Medical and Chemical Repository was opposite the Angel and clock maker S. M. Street was next door to the Repository. In 1851 George Grey's cabinet making business was situated next door to the Angel and W. Lamberts boot and shoemaker warehouse was opposite in 1853

William Wilkinson was granted publican's license in 1852 - 54