1893: Nant Gwynant Treat

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On Friday afternoon, the inhabitants of this vale assembled at the Board School to enjoy a treat given them by Sir Edward and Lady Watkin, of the Chalet.

Sir Edward Watkin, M.P., and Lady Watkin attended, and there were also present Mrs Edgar Watkin, Mrs Wyatt and Misses Wyatt, of Bryn Gwynant: Rev Daniel Vaudrey, Plas Gwynant. and Rev J. C. Martin. The tables, which had been tastefully laid out, were presided over by Mrs Hill, Miss Miller, Miss Gibsons, Miss Walker, Miss Fenton, Mr Sutton, of the Chalet; Miss Davies, Castell; Miss Roberts, Bron Graig; Misses Jones, Post-office; Miss Williams, Glanaber; Miss Roberts, Bryntirion; Mrs E. Williams, and Mrs M. Griffiths.

At 3.30 p m., about 50 of the Sunday School children sat down to tea, and ample justice was done to the many good things laid before them. After tea, a short miscellaneous meeting was held. Some English and Welsh songs were sung by the children. Songs were also given by Mr Owen Williams and his party.

The Rev D. Vaudrey delivered a short address to the children. The Rev G. Owen proposed, and Mr W. Roberts, Bron Graig, seconded a vote of thanks to Sir Edward and Lady Watkin for their kindness in providing the excellent treat. All present expressed their thanks and good wishes by giving loud and hearty cheers.

Sir Edward, in responding, referred to his Welsh descent, and humorously claimed for himself the title of the heir of Wynnstay. He referred to the many positions of esteem and honour occupied by Welshmen and to their ability in quitting themselves like men in their different positions. He had always found Welshmen as workmen giving a fair day’s work for a fair day’s wages.

During the entertainment, Lady Watkin presented the eldest member of the Sunday School – an old woman of 81 years – with a fine shawl. On dismissal, each child was presented with a bag full of biscuits and a threepenny piece. After the tables had been arranged, the elder inhabitants sat down to tea, which was much enjoyed. A singing and competive meeting brought this memorable day to a close. The arrangements were under the control of the Rev G. Owen, and in his hands the wishes of the honourable baronet and his generous lady were ably carried out.


Source: Carnavon & Denbigh Herald, published 19 May 1893


1893: Rhyd-Ddu telegraph office

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A telegraph office is to be opened here. The concession is due to the persistence of Mr Edward H. Owen, C.C., of Ty Coch, who was instrumental, a short time ago in inducing the authorities to open a money order at the post office.

Source: Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald, published 19 May 1893


1891: Landlord Tyranny in Wales

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Sir Edward Watkin, M.P., remarks the London Daily News, as a Welsh landlord, is seeking to undo mischief which his predecessors wrought. Publicity was given a few years ago to a painful case near Beddgelert, where a small company of Welsh Methodists found that the lease on their little chapel and chapel house had expired, and that they could only retain the buildings by surrendering part of the site and paying the sum of £400 sterling. After leaving the chapel for awhile they paid the sum and regained possession. Sir Edward Watkin, who has a chalet near Beddgelert, has now become the landlord, and he has restored the portion of the site that was lost, and given substantial aid. Writing to the Rev. T. Gwynedd Roberts to acknowledge a resolution of thanks, Sir Edward expresses himself in the following emphatic terms:- “My little contributions to the Bethania Chapel, especially the land, were not merely the proper donations of a landlord to good religious work, but were to some extent influenced by my indignation at the harsh and excessive terms inflicted upon the congregation by my predecessor in the possesion of the land. If the Church of England in Wales is to be disestablished, such cases as that of Bethania may well be quoted as showing the tyranny of a dominant sect – landowners all the same.”

Published by Cardiff Times, 5 September 1891


1890: Rhyd-Ddu – Fatal accident

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On Tuesday last, a sudden fall of rock took place at the Glan’rafon Quarry, the property of Messrs. J. Owen and Son, Carnarvon, in which a workman named Griffith Parry, Rhyd-ddu, was instantaneously killed, being frightfully crushed. Deceased left a widow and three children to mourn their untimely loss. At an inquest held on Wednesday last, before Mr. J. H. Roberts, coroner, the verdict was “Accidental death.”

Published in Carnarvon and Denbigh Herald, 2 May 1890


1888: Suicide of a Nantmor Farmer

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Found Hanging in an Out-house

William Williams, farmer, Hendrefechan, Nantmor, Beddgelert, committed suicide sometime between Monday night and Tuesday morning, by hanging himself in one of the out-houses on his farm. He was never known to have any predisposition to destroy himself, and when news of the deed became known, neighbours and others could scarcely believe it. It is generally supposed that a recent domestic affair had preyed very much on his mind.

Carnarvon and Denbigh Herald and North and South Wales Independent, 31 August 1888


1882: An attempt to commit suicide

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Mr John Williams, master of the Nant Gwynant School, Beddgelert, made an attempt to commit suicide on Friday afternoon in last week. He was discovered by a little boy in an out-house with his throat severely cut, and both wrists lacerated. A pocket-knife had been used for the purpose. He was conveyed to Beddgelert, and medical assistance was summoned. It is stated that there are good hopes of his recovery. The motive which prompted the rash attempt is not known.

Source: The North Wales Express, published 8 December 1882


1880: Beddgelert – Fatal Accident

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An inquest was held on Monday, May 10, at the Schoolroom, Beddgelert, before T. Hunter Hughes, Esq., deputy coroner, on the body of John Jennings, a boy of twelve years old, who was killed by being run over by the waggon attached to a traction engine. It appears that deceased and his mother, who were tramps, walked on Monday from Portmadoc towards Beddgelert, and when by Pant-yr-oer deceased said he was very tired, and at his request she walked on, leaving him to rest. The steam traction engine came past soon afterwards, and deceased was seen by the driver of the engine to get on one of the trucks attached. He was not again noticed by the driver; but a woman, who was in one of the trucks, saw him getting out when near the entrance to the village. He seemed to get out carefully, and she was not aware but that he got out allright. Deceased was, however, found shortly afterwards by Mr. Humphreys of the Goat Hotel lying in a heap on the road, and on going to him it was found that his head had been fearfully crushed by the wheel of the wagon. A verdict in accordance with the facts was returned.

The Cambian News, 14 May 1880



1878: Probate Calendar

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28 September. The Will of John Hughes late of Oerddwruchaf in the Parish of Beddgelert in the County of Carnarvon Farmer who died 18 March 1878 at Oerddwruchaf was proved at Bangor by John Hughes of Oerddwruchaf Farmer the Son the sole Executor. Personal Estate under £800.

JONES Griffith

25 February. The Will of Griffith Jones formerly of Tanrallt but late of Sygunbach in the Parish of Beddgelert in the County of Merioneth Labourer who died 27 January 1878 at Tremadoc in the Parish of Ynyscynhaiarn in the County of Carnarvon was proved at St. Asaph by Thomas Williams of Tremadoc Butcher the sole Executor. Personal Estate under £450.

JONES Robert

10 April. The Will of Robert Jones late of Tlyrni in the Parish of Beddgelert in the County of Merioneth Farmer who died 16 January 1878 at Tlyrni was proved at St. Asaph by Mary Jones of Tlyrni Widow the Relict the sole Executrix. Personal Estate under £100.

JONES William

5 October. The Will of William Jones late of Castell in the Parish of Beddgelert in the County of Carnarvon Farmer who died 23 September 1878 at Castell was proved at Bangor by Ellen Davies (Wife of Henry Davies) of the School House in Beddgelert the Daughter the sole Executrix. Personal Estate under £450.


5 December. The Will of John Owen late of Tanllwyn in the Parish of Beddgelert in the County of Merioneth Miner who died 18 October 1878 at Tanllwyn was proved at St. Asaph by Sarah Owen of Tannllwyn Widow the Relict the sole Executrix. Personal Estate under £100.


20 December. Administration of the Personal Estate of Henry Roberts late of Greenhill Nanthwynant in the Parish of Beddgelert in the County of Carnarvon Widower who died 22 October 1878 at Greenhill was granted at Bangor to Owen Evans of Greenhill Quarryman the Nephew and one of the Persons entitled in Distribution. Personal Estate under £200.


10 September. Administration of the Personal Estate of Griffith Williams late of Smithfield House Beddgelert in the County of Carnarvon Blacksmith who died 22 August 1878 at Smithfield House was granted at Bangor to Catherine Williams of Smithfield House Widow the Relict. Personal Estate under £450.


31 January. The Will of Jane Williams late of Perthi in the Parish of Beddgelert in the County of Carnarvon Widow who died 15 January 1878 at Perthi was proved at Bangor by Daniel Williams of Portmadoc in the said County Draper and Rees Williams of Clegyrdy Llangefni in the County of Anglesea Cattle Dealer and Farmer the Sons the Executors. Personal Estate under £600.


1877: Found dead in car

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On Sunday, November 11. Robert Evans, driver at the Prince of Wales Hotel, Beddgelert, took a party from that village to Rhyd-ddu. He started at 9.30p.m., the weather being very rough. On Monday morning, as the people were going to work, he was found sitting in the car with the reins and the whip in his hands, but quite dead. The horse, which was still in the car, had gone over the bridge, and sought shelter between the Ginshop Bach Inn and the next house. Deceased was about sixty years of age, and was not known to be an intemperate man.

Source: The Cambrian News and Merionethshire Standard, published 16 November 1877


1876: Beddgelert Wedding

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Considerable interest was manifested at Beddgelert on Friday, the 2nd inst., on the marriage of Mr Evan Jones, who has for twelve years been master of the national school, to Miss Ellen Griffith, of Gwynant-street, Beddgelert. The service was conducted by the Rev. R. E. Priestley, incumbent of the parish. The bridegroom’s best man was Mr R. E. Williams, Portmadoc; Miss Jane Jones acted as bridesmaid. After the service the company drove to the Snowdon Ranger Hotel, where an excellent luncheon was served. On leaving and returning to the village the party was loudly cheered by the school children, who were allowed a holiday in honour of the event, and in the evening received a liberal supply of nuts and oranges.

Source: North Wales Chronicle, published 10 June 1876