Two Hundred and Fifty Miles through North Wales: Day 1, Part 3

After lunch at the Feathers Hotel and a stroll around Wrexham, the group travelled towards Llangollen through Ruabon and the colliery district of Acrefair.

Suttons Trade Directory, 1889-90

Suttons Trade Directory, 1889-90 showing Jenkins & Jones timber merchants, Johnstown. Available to view at Denbighshire Archives.

At 1.35 we left Wrexham en route for Ruabon 6 miles distant. We were soon stopped by a Dr Fletcher and Lady of Chester who enquire the way to Llangollen. They were evidently touring, same as ourselves. We let them lead on through Ross [Rhosllanerchrugog] and Johnstown, at the latter place we pass the sign “Jenkins and Jones Timber Merchants”. This was, as the song says, “quite Welshy you know”. A very narrow gauge tram line runs on to Johnstown, those who are accustomed to seeing the tram lines in large cities would think these lines were only large enough for a wheelbarrow. Great was our surprise at overtaking a two horse tram car on so narrow a gauge.

Up the hill we pass our Doctor friend whom we saw soon after out of the trap walking to ease his horse. There are evidently some colliers in this neighbourhood and sitting on a donkey cart load full of coals. We arrived at Ruabon at 2.15 but did not stop. We pass on en route to Llangollen leaving the entrance to Wynnstay Park on our left through a colliery district called Acrefair. On past Tref-y-Nant post office getting a fine view of the viaduct on our left and past Trevor Station, at 2.50, on the left of the hill. To our right we come in sight of Crow Castle, better known as Castle Dinas Bran, with Plas Newydd to our left and the old Church where our friend Mr. Ovey is buried on the right.

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