Two Hundred and Fifty Miles through North Wales: Day 2, Part 1

On Tuesday 16th September 1890, Edwin, Maria, Ellis and Lydia left Llangollen after watching trout in the river and breakfast at The Grapes Hotel. The group head for Corwen passing Berwyn Station, the Horse Shoe Falls and the Church of Llantysillio.

The Grapes Hotel

Postal Directory, 1886, showing The Grapes Hotel, Llangollen. Available to view at Denbighshire Archives.

Tuesday 16th September 1890

Llangollen to Corwen, Bala and Dolgelly [Dolgellau]

The squawking of the jackdaws wakened us rather early so up we got up and out about seven o’clock, delighted with the prospect of another fine day.  I strolled down to the bridge and by the Old Cottages near the Corn Mill, I met a young fellow evidently a visitor. One of these cottages was covered with onions hung all over the side of the cottage, he asked me very simply if they were placed there to keep the wet out.  I said “no you flat, for the sparrows to roast in” he looked very hard, evidently thinking I had done him one, a little further on I met Lydia and Ellis.  We then adjourned to the Bridge and watched the trout sporting about in the River until breakfast time.  After doing ample justice to what the Grapes Hotel provided for our benefit, at ten o’clock we were ready for Corwen “Now Tommy” was the signal for off.

We paid a parting visit to Mother Pierce, when we saw Maggie her daughter coming down Barbers Hill to “wag our paws” before leaving and in return for their kindness, I promised to find Maggie a dairy man for a husband, but I am afraid this will be a rather difficult job for me to undertake.  Getting a last view of Crow Castle we drive on past the Berwyn Station and get a pretty view of the chain bridge on the high ground. Above the chain bridge, we see the Mansion of Mr Theodore Martin, author of the “life of the Prince Consort”.  A short distance further up the river there is a semicircular weir forming a beautiful cascade which was constructed by Telford for the purpose of feeding the Ellesmere Canal, this is generally known as the “Horse Shoe falls”. Close behind this is the little Church of Llantysilio, this Church stands in one of the sweetest spots in the district in a secluded well wooded vale close by the River Dee.  In the Church yard are some large Yew trees, and the whole scene is so calm and lovely that it might make one in love with death, like to be buried in so sweet a place.

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