1940: Probate Calendar

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The following entries are shown in the Probate Calendar for 1940:

EVANS Catherine of Eryri wen Beddgelert Carnarvonshire widow died 20 September 1940. Administration Bangor 24 October (1940) to Grace Evans spinster. Effects £394 8s. 5d.

PRITCHARD Annie of Meirion House Beddgelert Carnarvonshire spinster died 14 April 1940. Probate Bangor 20 june (1940) to National Provincial Bank limited. Effects £1219 16s. 3d.

WILLIAMS Ellen of Bryn Eglwys Beddgelert Carnarvonshire died 5 Aprol 1940. Probate Bangor 16 May (1940) to the reverend William Turner retired Methodist minister. Effects £499 11s. 9d.


1940: A C.O.’s Mistake

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Two applicants were placed on the military register by the North Wales Conscientious Objectors’ Tribunal at Caernarvon yesterday. They were Gwilym Thomas Evans, Penlon, Rhosgadfan, and Henry E. Hughes, Bron Hebog Farm, Beddgelert.

Hughes said he was farming 200 acres at Beddgelert. Owing to a misapprehension he had registered himself as a stone-waller, but in fact he was only engaged occasionally as a waller. It was pointed out to Hughes that if he had registrered correctly he would have been in  a reserved occupation and would not have been called for military service.

Published by Liverpool Daily Post, 11 May 1940


1939: Probate Calendar

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The following entries are shown in the Probate Calendar for 1939:

HEWITT David of the Firs Beddgelert Carnarvonshire died 20 June 1939. Administration Bangor 21 September (1939) to Grace Hewitt widow. Effects £1,372 5s 2d.

HUGHES John of Oerddwr (or Oerddwr Uchaf) Beddgelert Carnarvonshire died 8 October 1939. Probate Bangor 16 November (1939) to Frank Wyn Hughes farmer and Morfydd Mai Jones (wife of William Jones). Effects £880 11s 7d.

JENKINS the reverend John of the Vicarage Beddgelert Carnarvonshire clerk died 3 August 1939 at the Madoc Memorial Hospital Portmadoc Carnarvonshire. Administration Bangor 14 September (1939) to Florence Jenkins widow. Effects £244 1s 6d.

ROBERTS William of 2 Peniel-terrace Nantmor Beddgelert Merionethshire died 6 January 1939. Probate Bangor 6 February (1939) to William Morris Roberts rockman. Effects £383 18s.

WILLIAMS Elizabeth of Plas Colwyn Beddgelert Carnarvonshire spinster died 9 July 1938. Probate London 25 April (1939) to Margaret Williams spinster. Effects £911 12s 2d.

WILLIAMS Thomas Lloyd of llys Emrys 10 Gwynant-street Beddgelert Carnarvonshire died 7 October 1939 at the Carnarvonshire and Anglesey Infirmary Bangor. Administration Bangor 13 November (1939) to Margaret Jane Williams widow. Effects £1,082 5s 9d.



1939: New Vicar of Beddgelert

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The Rev. G. B. Walmsley, curate of Llandudno, and formerly curate of Menai Bridge, has been appointed vicar of Beddgelert, in succession to the late Rev. John Jenkins.

The Rev. G. B. Walmsley, who is a native of Four Crosses, near Pwllheli, is a graduate of Leeds University.

Published by Liverpool Evening Express, 5 September 1939


1939: Death of the Rev. John Jenkins

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Vicar of Beddgelert – Death of the Rev. John Jenkins

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The Rev. John Jenkins, Vicar of Beddgelert for forty-one years, died yesterday at Portmadoc Hospital, following an operation last Saturday for appendicitis.

Aged 68, he was a native of Cardiganshire, and graduated from St. David’s College, Lampeter. He was curate first at Llandwrog, near Caernarvon, for two years, and afterwards at Ynyscynhaiarn, near Portmadoc, for two years before coming Vicar of Beddgelert. Kind and charitable, he was very popular with Churchmen and Nonconformists, and parishioners generally subscribed towards a new church bell hung in celebration of the fortieth year of his incumbency. His love of Beddgelert was such that he had refused several offers of other livings.

He leaves a widow. The funeral takes place at Beddgelert to-morrow.

Source: Liverpool Daily Post, published 4 August 1939


1926: Chapel roof blown away

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Shortly after a service at Nantmor Methodist Chapel, near Portmadoc, on Wednesday night, the entire slated roof of the chapel, including the rafters, was blown away, the greater portion dropping on the roofs of three houses 60 yards away and smashing the roofs and windows.  Fortunately no one was hurt, but the damaged houses had to be vacated.

The Times, 1 January 1926


1921: Grant to poet

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The Prime Minister has obtained a grant of £100 from the Royal Bounty Fund to Mr. G. Williams (Carneddog), a Welsh farmer and poet who lives at Nantmor, a small village at the foot of Snowdon, in recognition of his services to Welsh literature and poetry.

Published by Hartlepool Northern Daily Mail, 14 June 1921


1916: A Beddgelert Soldier’s Letter

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First Night Under Fire.


Private Bob Thomas late of Cwmcloch, Beddgelert, in a letter to a friend dated October 31st from France, says: –

“ I have been over here about six weeks now. I can’t say I enjoy it; but I don’t grumble. It’s good to see a bit of the world and to see what war is like. I always wanted to come out here, but I must confess there have been moments when I felt sorry I have had to come. I have now an idea of what war is like.

The first day I went into the firing line Fritz gave us a lively time. I shall never forget that first day. It was a Sunday. When we got within range of the German guns I was a bit nervous, especially when the shells dropped around us in the trenches. I kept my eye on an old soldier and soon found out what was the best thing to do. I soon found the truth of the old proverb “Example is better than precept. ‘

Next day, about five p.m., Fritz started shelling again, and I thought my time was up. If somebody was to tell me before I came out here that things are as terrible as they actually are out here I would never have believed them. It simply rained shells that night. Thank God for that old soldier who stood near me. He heartened one as he stood there like a statue, never moving only to dodge the shells.

My courage nearly failed me that night; but that old soldier standing near me helped me to stand firm and copy his example. Well, Fritz got tired of it in about half an hour. I expect he thought we were all dead. We came off with surprisingly few casualties. I was none the worse, only half buried twice. A piece of shrapnel went through my steel helmet, but it did not hurt me; its force was checked.”


Source: The Cambrian News and Merionethshire Standard, published 1 December 1916


1916: Saved by a Gift

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Private Griffith Pritchard Davies, Beddgelert, of the Lancashire Fusiliers, was saved from death by his cigarette case during the offensive in France. A piece of shrapnel rebounded from the case, taking part of his arm away. The case was presented to him by a Beddgelert friend when the soldier was home at Whitsun, and Davies, in accepting the gift, jocularly remarked, “Perhaps this will save my life.”

Private Evan Harris, Borthygest, Portmadoc, of the Welsh Fusiliers, and Private David John Williams, Beddgelert, of the Liverpool “Pals” have been killed in action, and Regimental Sergeant-Major Simms, Portmadoc, of the Welsh Fusiliers, has been dangerously wounded.

Published by Liverpool Echo, 15 July 1916


1910: Rhyd-Ddu – Lecture

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In the Literary and Debating Society of the above place held last Tuesday evening, a lecture was delivered by Mr T. H. Parry-Williams, B.A., Oxford, a native of the place. His subject was “Ieuenctid y Dydd,” and he dealt with the young Welsh poets that have lately published their works. The lecturer criticised and eulogised the works of Eifion Wyn, Emyr, Moelwyn, W. Wyn Williams, Silyn, and W. J. Griffith, in a very keen and masterful manner, and recited most effectively specimens from the lyrics of each poet. Though much had been written to the contrary, from time to time, he considered the present age, so far, the golden age of Welsh poetry. The interest of the audience was kept without flagging from beginning to end by the many and varied recitations the lecturer gave from the poets under consideration

Published in Carnavon and Denbigh Herald, 14 January 1910