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Two Hundred and Fifty Miles through North Wales: Day 2, Part 3

May 5, 2011

The group arrived in Corwen at 11.15am in time to watch a foal and horse fair and describe the area as an “old fashioned place”. They noted the churchyard and the view of Snowdon and head for Bala, passing through Cynwyd, Llandrillo and Llandderfel.

Corwen

DD/DM/1113- Postcard of Corwen from the original diary 'Two hundred and fifty miles through North Wales on a wagonette'

As we drive along, the country becomes tamer for a while, there are fewer trees on the river banks, and the valley broadens as we reach Corwen arriving there at 11.15.  We stopped to give Tommy a rest and to watch the foal and horse fair which was being held there, there was a fair number of foals but very few horses, Corwen is an old fashioned place, and is situated at the foot of a high rock on the north side of the Berwyn Range. In the Church yard there, there are some peculiar and ancient crosses also some other objects of interest in the shape of low gravestones with 2 holes for the knees of those who come to pray over the remains of their dead.  From the flagstaff above the town the peak of Snowdon is seen, we see Liberty which is an old schooling box, 1800 feet high and was erected by the Marquis of Exeter.  At 12.30, off again for Bala 12 miles distant – soon after leaving Corwen we see Llangar Church and then we arrive at Cynwyd, a village about 2 miles from Corwen, where there are some pretty waterfalls.  We pass Capel y Coed, Hendre and Tyddyn y Lan and arrive at Llandrillo a convenient place to ascend Cader Fronwen 2573 feet high and 5 miles distant. The Angling of Llandrillo is very good the waters being noted for Grayling. 

We are now 5 miles from Corwen and 8 miles from Bala, on every hand are smooth hills covered with ferns, grass and heather. We cross the Railway line again to Llandderfel a place noted as the residence of one of the celebrated Welsh fasting Girls, Gaynor Hughes, who is reported to have lived 8 years without anything more than a spoonful of water per day.  The date on the tombstone is 1786. There is also a restored Church which contains many interesting relics.  Some distance to our left we left Pale Mansion, the residence of Mr Robertson the designer of the Viaduct over theDee. QueenVictoria visited Mr Robertson at this place in August last year.  We pass a deep wooded dell and little further on we stopped, some time gathering nuts which were plentiful by the road side, shortly a turn in the Valley reveals to us Bala, we see its Ecclesiastical spires and building.  On the brow of the hill we see the imposing substantial building known as the Theological Seminary of the Welsh Presbyterians of North Wales, and to the right we pass the entrance to the fine old mansion of Rhiwlas embosomed in trees, this Mansion was once a great fame and importance, and is now the residence of the Price family.  We pass over the bridge to the White Lion Hotel arriving at Bala at 2 o’clock.

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

April 20, 2011

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.