1895: Death of a Nonogenarian

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We have to announce the death of Mrs Morris, the relict of the late Mr Rhys Morris, Turnpike, Traeth Uchaf, Nantmor, which occurred on the 28th inst. She was in her 95th year, and had ten children, nine of whom are living. Mrs Morris lived to see 60 grand-children, 60 great-grand-children, and 7 great-great-grand children. Her life was peaceful and neighbourly, and she possessed her faculties to the last.

North Wales Express, 1 November 1895

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1895: County Police

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Beddgelert. The inhabitants of this place and of Nantmor should now understand that in future the whole parish will be under the charge of the Carnarvonshire police, and included in the petty sessional division of Portmadoc. A portion of the parish used to be in Merionethshire.

North Wales Express, 18 October 1895

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1895: Parish Change

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Beddgelert. The inhabitants of this place and of Nantmor should now understand that in future the whole parish will be under the charge of the Carnarvonshire police, and included in the petty sessional division of Portmadoc. A portion of the parish used to be in Merionethshire.

North Wales Express, 18 October 1895

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1895: Sudden Death of a Welsh Minister

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The Rev. William Ellis, Calvanistic Methodist minister, Beddgelert, whilst speaking at a church meeting on Friday night, complained of being unwell, and not able to proceed any further. He was then seen to fall on his side. Dr. Evans, Portmadoc, was sent for, but the reverend gentleman never regained consciousness, and died on Saturday morning, from apoplexy. He was 68 years old, and had been a successful pastor for many years.

Published by Cardiff Times, 20 July 1895

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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

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1893: Rhyd-Ddu telegraph office

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RHYD-DDU – MORE FACILITIES

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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