Two Hundred and Fifty Miles through North Wales: Day 1, Part 4

The group arrived at Llangollen at around 3pm. They spent the fine afternoon fishing and described Llangollen as “a very pretty place”. Whilst fishing, they enjoyed views of Barbers Hill and the ruins of Crow Castle before retiring to the Grapes Hotel.

Llangollen Bridge
DD/DM/1113- Postcard from the original diary ‘Two hundred and fifty miles through North Wales on a wagonette’

We arrived at Llangollen at 5 past 3. We call on an old friend Mrs Pevice to look for “diggings” but find she is “full”. The old lady was very sorry she could not accommodate us and kindly recommended us to the Grapes Hotel. So after leaving fishing tackle etc in her charge we proceeded there and found every comfort and accommodation. We accepted an invitation to tea with Mrs Pevice, after tea I passed Tregwern Lodge, the residence of our old friends Miss Ovey and Mrs Scott and then spent a few hours at the Water side fishing. The result was one trout and friend Ellis was champion fisherman of the day. From the riverside we had splendid views of Barbers Hill and the ruins of Crow Castle. This old ruin stands on a mountain called Dinas Bran over eleven hundred feet above the sea level. In the 12th Century it was the residence of Gruffyd ap Madog a son of the founder of Valle Crucis Abbey at which place his parents are buried. The ruins of the castle are merely low rough walls, masses of stone are strewn about, there is a moat on one side and a well of water on the top. The building at one time was large and strong, amongst the ruins a small cottage has been erected, where you can obtain light refreshment. The Castle has passed into the hands of various families in succession and finally came into the hands of the Biddulphs of Chirk Castle. The date of its destruction is unknown, but is supposed to be previous to the 16th Century.

The chief places of interest at Llangollen are the old bridge, from here we get a pretty view of Crow Castle and Plas Newydd, the residence of the maids of Llangollen, One whose house is full of most valuable wood and ivory carving, Valle Crucis Abbey- founded in the year 1200, Llantysilio Church. The Eglwyseg Rocks and Barbers Hill, the Horse shoe Falls and Chain Bridge etc etc etc So much for Llangollen a very pretty place, the banks of the river are fringed with trees and the water flows over sloping sides of rock beneath the old bridge of four arches built in 1346 by Bishop Trevor.

After another hasty visit to Mrs Pevice, the weather having been beautifully fine all day, we make tracks for the Grapes Hotel. Strange to say at this late hour we found there was a “Jhon Johnes”/ John Jones in Wales.

“Dear ah me” I enquired from a boy if he could tell me where John Jones lived.

He said “which John Jones do you want, there are so many”.

I said “John Jones- the tailor”.

He said, pointing with his finger, “over there Sir”.

I was happy I had found John Jones at last, so off to bed like good people at 10.30 to prepare for day No.2.

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One Response to “Two Hundred and Fifty Miles through North Wales: Day 1, Part 4”

  1. Maggi Says:

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