1909: Heavy Fine for Dynamiting a Salmon River

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John William Jones and Robert Pierce, Beddgelert, the latter in service with Jones’s mother, at Portmadoc admitted using dynamite to destroy fish in the Glaslyn, the chief salmon river of Snowdonia. A water bailliff, who was in hiding for several hours, caught them dynamiting a pool in which two salmon had been seen. The salmon, however, escaped before the explosion. Jones was fined £7 10s with 32 6d costs, and Pierce 10s 6d witthout costs.

Published by Western Times, 13 September 1909


1909: Death of Glaslyn

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After a prolonged illness, Glaslyn, the well-known Welsh bard, died last Sunday night at Llys Ednyfed, Penrhyndeudraeth, aged 80 years. He was a native of Llanfrothen, and resided for many years at Beddgelert, where he filled the office of deacon at the C. M. Chapel. For a time he kept a bookseller’s shop, and also worked as a quarryman. He and Glasynys were great personal friends. Glaslyn was a ravenous reader both of English and Welsh books, and he became an authority on Beddgelert antiquities. His nervous style, whether poetry or prose, made him a very popular writer. His many articles in “Y Cymru” and other periodicals, showed him to be a man well versed in the literature and the history of the subjects he treated upon. Politically he was a Labourite, and when the late Mr Morgan Lloyd came out as an Independent candidate for the representation of Merioneth in Parliament, Glaslyn stumped the county on his behalf. In spite of infirmity, adversity, and other disheartening circumstances, Glaslyn kept on writing and reading. The last time the writer of this note saw him, the bard was in bed reading one of Hawthorne’s books. Had the deceased had the same genius for self-control as he had for literature, he would have attained a high place in the ranks of Welsh authors. His poetical works are being collected, with a view to publication, by Cameddog.

Source: The North Wales Express, published 19 March 1909


1907: Obituary – Mr A B Priestley

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On Wednesday morning, the death occurred of Mr A. B. Priestley Cae Dafydd, Nantmor. He was the youngest son of Mr John Priestley, Cae Dafydd, and Hirdrefaig, Anglesey, and was 52 years of age. Mr Priestley was a brother of Mr C. F. Priestley, Hirdrefaig, and was a notable figure in the Eryri district. He stood 6ft. 7in. in his stocking feet, and was in great repute in hunting and sporting circles.

North Wales Express, 17 May 1907


1906: The Storm

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A cloud burst over the pretty and romantic village of Beddgelert. The roads for miles around were flooded. The famous Beddgelert bridge was swept away. Houses in low-lying districts were ten feet in water and many cornfields ruined.

Published by Manchester Courier, 4 August 1906


1906: Bridge swept away

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Snowdon and the neighbouring Welsh hills, about the rainiest spot in the kingdom, felt the full effects of the rainstorm. Sweeping down from the mountain sides, the floods filled the rivers, and the valleys were generally under water. Beddgelert Bridge, an historic Norman structure, was swept away. Water covered the village church floor, and also the post office, to a depth of some feet.


Source: Nottingham Evening post, published 4 August 1906


1906: Rhyd-Ddu and Beddgelert

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Much money has recently been spent upon the Glan’rafon Quarry, which is now being worked by a new company, under the management of Mr Cadwaladr Humphreys. An attempt is being made to open out the quarry, and many men have been given employment. The slates produced are described as being of the finest quality. The arrangement as to wages, namely, the withholding of 2s in the £ from the sum earned, is adversely criticised.

The Rhos Clogwyn Quarry has been idle tor some time, but it is believed that work will soon be restarted on a small scale.

The Bwlch Cwmllan Quarry is the highest in Carnarvonshire. At present there are not many workmen there; but it is said that large quantities of slates are being produced, and that good wages are earned.

About twelve men from the parish of Beddgelert have emigrated to America, and a few have gone to South Wales.

Published in Carnarvon and Denbigh Herald, 3 August 1906


1905: Damage to the Rhyd Ddu Beddgelert Road & Destruction of Beddgelert Bridge

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The surveyor reported as follows: “The flood, heavy in all parts of the county, exceeded all records in the Colwyn watershed, formed by the western slopes of Snowdon and the eastern slopes of Moel Hebog. The Caegors county bridge, across the main road between Rhyd-ddu and Beddgelert, proved far too small to take the flood water of the Colwyn River, the overflowing water from this point onward to Beddgelert, a distance of two miles, took to the main road, where the grade is steep, and reduced it from a main road in good repair and of smooth surface to the state of a river bed. Immediate steps were taken to restore the surface, which will take months to regain its former smoothness. Damaged water holes, drains, and culvert are being cleaned and repaired, and the drainage in every way made good. Metalling is prepared to make up for what was washed away. Flood culverts of a large size will be necessary to increase the water taking capacity of Caegors Bridge, which is now proved beyond doubt to be too small for the largest floods. Restoring the roads exclusive of the ordinary maintenance cost, will amount to about £200, and the flood culverts to about £100.”


At a meeting of the Surveyor’s Committee, the Surveyor reported as follows: The unprecedented rainfall in the Colwyn watershed had the further unfortunate effect of displacing the pitching under one of the arches of Beddgelert Bridge, thereby, partly, getting under the pier in the river, and partly under the south abutment; at the same time the stem of a large tree, I am informed, was floated down at the height of the flood, the rapid current striking it with force against the cut-water of the apparently already undermined pier which instantly gave way, bringing down with it the two modern arches put in as a widening to the old two arched bridge, and about a half diagonally of one of the old arches. The remaining arch or a fourth of the bridge was left secure and unshaken, one springer resting on about the fourth remainder of the pier in the middle of the river. The work of restoring the permanent structure was proceeded with at once, improving the width by about four feet, and improving the sectional waterway by about 66 square feet, the previous waterway being 334 square feet. The cost of restoring will amount to about £350, and of the widening of the bridge and of the waterway about £200. The steps taken, and the plains submitted, were approved of.

Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald 5 October 1905


1904: “Golden Rule” Jones Dead

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Toledo, Ohio, July 12.

“Golden Rule” Jones, mayor of Toledo died here today at 5 p. m., after having been unconscious for the past sixty hours. He was 58 years old.

Samuel Milton Jones was born in Beddgelert, Wales. He was brought to the United States by his parents when he was three years old. He worked as a laborer in the Titusville, Pa, oil fields. His experience in the oil district gave him an idea for an improvement in the sucker rod of oil pumps. He formed a company and started his fortune. Mr. Jones was at first a Republican, but abandoned strict party principles. His name appeared on the Republican ticket for mayor of Toledo in 1897. He was elected. He retained his seat in 1899, 1901, 1903 as an independent. He was a non-partisan candidate in 1900 for governor in Ohio. In his campaign he wrote two songs and sang them himself in Golden Rule hall, an institution of his own where musicals are given free for the benefit of working men and their families.

Mr. Jones advocated municipal ownership, direct legislation, the eight hour day and the doctrine that the people should nominate their own candidates for all offices by free petition without the intervention of caucuses, primaries delegates or parties.

Source: Barton County Democrat (Kansas), published 15 July 1904


1903: Carneddau

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AFTER 300 YEARS. – Carneddau, which has been the home of the forefathers of Mr R. Griffith (Carneddog) for over 300 years, is to be pulled down. There lived at Carneddau in the olden times some very famous personages in the poetic, musical, and antiquarian world, of whom Carneddog is the only remaining descendant.

Carnarvon and Denbigh Herald, 4 December 1903