Nantmor Council School

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Nantmoor Council School was built in 1872 and the doors opened on 4 August 1873.

O.S. Map of Nantmor published in 1953
O.S. Map of Nantmor published in 1953

The former Headmaster’s house stood next to the school and is now named Ty’r Ysgol.


Nantmor School, Beddgelert

Nantmor, or Nanmor, as it was known in ancient times, is a mountainous, but beautiful mountain. Here is the famous Aberglasllyn bridge, and the romantic boulevard, which attract thousands of people every year to admire. Before the making of the barrage, by Mr. Maddocks, at the beginning of this century, tides would come up, and cover the lower reaches of the stream, but now, there are glimpses of gifted children playing along the flat meadows, – “where the water and the Wave Path were, “when the place was checking the name Nant y Mor. See suggestive pictures of those who attended the school last October, namely the current generation of scholars in the area, magnificently imagined by Mr. E. R. Williams, Erw Fair, Beddgelert. The schoolhouse was built in 1872, on convenient grounds, which was donated to us by the gentleman, and the rightful historian Edward Breese, F.R.S.A., Porth Madoc, author of the learned volume “Ealenders of Gwynedd.” The value of this gift, to a scattered area like Nantmor, cannot easily be priced out, because before that we had to be content going all the way to Beddgelert to seek some information, or not, as unhelpful tadpoles to ourselves and to society. Since August 4, 1873, when the doors of the new school were opened, and the first mintate marched through them into the education center, the one teacher who continues to labor tirelessly among us, Mr. William Harrison. He is a native of Llan Ffestiniog, and the poet Dewi Moelwyn was his uncle. He has in the course of the years done a great and praiseworthy job. This is vividly evidenced by the fact that in Australia, Tasmania, America, and some English towns, there are crowds of funny old contemporaries climbing the steep hills of the desert. The sewing is faithfully and carefully supervised, since the opening, by Mrs. Ellen Jones, Bull Bay, a relative of “Wil Jones, the Bododydd,” who through his own extraordinary skill and kindness of fate became a well-known gentleman. The girl can sometimes be intrigued – sometimes to our surprise. and none of them can be ridiculed with Ceiriog’s arrogant words, – ” But knit he can’t, with Ow! He does not know about socks repair sensors.

1892.


School Attendance

Cambrian News, 18 January 1907

Mr. Harrison, headmaster of the Nantmor Council School, was presented at the County Education Committee last week with a merit certificate, Nantmor Infant’s Department being one of the four best attended schools in the county during the year. The percentage was 97.1.


Council School

Yr Herald Cymraeg, 29 December 1912

Nantmor. Ysgol. School.

The report of Mr L. J. Roberts, the school inspector, was received, and the public will no doubt wish to know that it is entirely satisfactory. The report states:

“The exercise and tone are excellent, and generally the instruction is thoughtful and intelligent, and the work of the children sound and satisfactory. all classes have resulted in a marked improvement in reading. ”


Children awarded

Yr Herald Cymraeg, 29 December 1912

Nantmoor school chgildren awarded

Friday, a meeting was held to present the children with rewards for their presence. This school stands second for presence in the Porthmadog area. Many of the parents were present, as were some of the local managers. The awards were presented by Miss Priestley, Cae ‘Dafydd, who is one of the managers and feels great humility at the school. We hope that she will find enjoyment and pleasure in her work visiting the school, and that she will be free and ready to suggest some necessary improvement in the setting. There were reports by John Humphrey Evans, Mathew H. Williams, Catherine Parry, Mary Jones Williams, Margretta Thomas, Annie Parry, and songs by Judith Griffith (Christmas carol of Mr L. J. Roberts), Annie Hughes, and Florrie Roberts. Mr Thomas Evans, Dinas Ddu spoke during the meeting; John Hughes, Overseer of two school managers). Owen Jones, Eliazar Jones, John Williams, and Hugh Williams, who gave the children many good tips. Prizes were won by Annie Hughes, Mary Parry, Janet Roberts, Mary Humphreys, Alun Hughes, John Humphrey Evans, John M Roberts, Thomas W. Parry, John Jones, Maggie Humphreys, Mathew H. Williams, Robert Williams, Willie Thomas, Mary Jane Williams, Florrie Roberts, and Martha Jane Thomas. Through a vote the children decided that Annie Hughes, Tanrhiw, was “the girl for discovery”, and Mathew H. Williams, Brynkynnon, “the ‘find boy” at the school, and received both awards. We are sorry that only three school managers could attend. We trust that they will all meet in order to arrange a meeting again like the above, on one evening, and give the children a “tea party” in the afternoon. It is a pity that the children of our area are missing out on other areas in this respect.

Heroes Memorial

The Cambrian News and Merionethshire Standard, 2 August 1918

HEROES MEMORIAL. – Five children from Nantmor Council School have collected C3 14s. 4d. towards the North Wales Heroes Memorial.


Appointment

The Cambrian News and Merionethshire Standard, 4 April 1919

APPOINTMENT.— Miss E. A. Owen head-mistress of Nantmor Council School, has been appointed head mistress of Golan School. Mr Griffith Williams, B.A., will resume the head-ship at Nantmor.

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Ty’r Ysgol Nantmor

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Nantmoor School was built in 1872 and the doors opened on 4 August 1873.

O.S. Map of Nantmor published in 1953
O.S. Map of Nantmor published in 1953

The former Headmaster’s house stood next to the school and is now named Ty’r Ysgol.

Ty'r Ysgol, Nantmor

Nantmor School, Beddgelert

Nantmor, or Nanmor, as it was known in ancient times, is a mountainous, but beautiful mountain. Here is the famous Aberglasllyn bridge, and the romantic boulevard, which attract thousands of people every year to admire. Before the making of the barrage, by Mr. Maddocks, at the beginning of this century, tides would come up, and cover the lower reaches of the stream, but now, there are glimpses of gifted children playing along the flat meadows, – “where the water and the Wave Path were, “when the place was checking the name Nant y Mor. See suggestive pictures of those who attended the school last October, namely the current generation of scholars in the area, magnificently imagined by Mr. E. R. Williams, Erw Fair, Beddgelert. The schoolhouse was built in 1872, on convenient grounds, which was donated to us by the gentleman, and the rightful historian Edward Breese, F.R.S.A., Porth Madoc, author of the learned volume “Ealenders of Gwynedd.” The value of this gift, to a scattered area like Nantmor, cannot easily be priced out, because before that we had to be content going all the way to Beddgelert to seek some information, or not, as unhelpful tadpoles to ourselves and to society. Since August 4, 1873, when the doors of the new school were opened, and the first mintate marched through them into the education center, the one teacher who continues to labor tirelessly among us, Mr. William Harrison. He is a native of Llan Ffestiniog, and the poet Dewi Moelwyn was his uncle. He has in the course of the years done a great and praiseworthy job. This is vividly evidenced by the fact that in Australia, Tasmania, America, and some English towns, there are crowds of funny old contemporaries climbing the steep hills of the desert. The sewing is faithfully and carefully supervised, since the opening, by Mrs. Ellen Jones, Bull Bay, a relative of “Wil Jones, the Bododydd,” who through his own extraordinary skill and kindness of fate became a well-known gentleman. The girl can sometimes be intrigued – sometimes to our surprise. and none of them can be ridiculed with Ceiriog’s arrogant words, – ” But knit he can’t, with Ow! He does not know about socks repair sensors.

1892.


School Attendance

Cambrian News, 18 January 1907

Mr. Harrison, headmaster of the Nantmor Council School, was presented at the County Education Committee last week with a merit certificate, Nantmor Infant’s Department being one of the four best attended schools in the county during the year. The percentage was 97.1.


Council School

Yr Herald Cymraeg, 29 December 1912

Nantmor. Ysgol. School.

The report of Mr L. J. Roberts, the school inspector, was received, and the public will no doubt wish to know that it is entirely satisfactory. The report states:

“The exercise and tone are excellent, and generally the instruction is thoughtful and intelligent, and the work of the children sound and satisfactory. all classes have resulted in a marked improvement in reading. ”


Children awarded

Yr Herald Cymraeg, 29 December 1912

Nantmoor school chgildren awarded

Friday, a meeting was held to present the children with rewards for their presence. This school stands second for presence in the Porthmadog area. Many of the parents were present, as were some of the local managers. The awards were presented by Miss Priestley, Cae ‘Dafydd, who is one of the managers and feels great humility at the school. We hope that she will find enjoyment and pleasure in her work visiting the school, and that she will be free and ready to suggest some necessary improvement in the setting. There were reports by John Humphrey Evans, Mathew H. Williams, Catherine Parry, Mary Jones Williams, Margretta Thomas, Annie Parry, and songs by Judith Griffith (Christmas carol of Mr L. J. Roberts), Annie Hughes, and Florrie Roberts. Mr Thomas Evans, Dinas Ddu spoke during the meeting; John Hughes, Overseer of two school managers). Owen Jones, Eliazar Jones, John Williams, and Hugh Williams, who gave the children many good tips. Prizes were won by Annie Hughes, Mary Parry, Janet Roberts, Mary Humphreys, Alun Hughes, John Humphrey Evans, John M Roberts, Thomas W. Parry, John Jones, Maggie Humphreys, Mathew H. Williams, Robert Williams, Willie Thomas, Mary Jane Williams, Florrie Roberts, and Martha Jane Thomas. Through a vote the children decided that Annie Hughes, Tanrhiw, was “the girl for discovery”, and Mathew H. Williams, Brynkynnon, “the ‘find boy” at the school, and received both awards. We are sorry that only three school managers could attend. We trust that they will all meet in order to arrange a meeting again like the above, on one evening, and give the children a “tea party” in the afternoon. It is a pity that the children of our area are missing out on other areas in this respect.

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Capel Peniel, Nantmor

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A Calvanistic Methodist Chapel was first erected at Nantmor in 1829. It was rebuilt in 1868 and is now a Grade II Listed Building.


1856:

Notice is hereby given, that a separate building, named Peniel, situate at Nantmor, in the parish of Beddgelert, in the county of Merioneth, and district of Festiniog, being a building certified according to law as a place of religious worship, was, on the 19th day of June, 1856, duly registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to the act of the 6th and 7th Wm. IV., cap. 85. Witness my hand this 23rd day of June, 1856. John Lloyd, Superintendent Registrar.

The Gazette, Tuesday 1 July 1856


1873:

Early on Friday morning, the 3rd inst., the above district was visited by one of the most severe storms experienced for some years, the flashes of lightning being almost incessant. A small chapel in the upper part of Nantmor, belonging to the Calvinistic Methodists, was almost destroyed by the lightning. It seems that the electric fluid first struck the earth about five yards from the end of the chapel, passed under a boundary wall and a small stable without doing any damage, then struck the gable end opposite the fire-grate, which it forced in, breaking every pane of glass in the building, and smashing the pulpit and several seats. It appears then to have travelled up the chimney flue, until it reached within a few feet of the top, where it scattered, blowing off nearly the whole of the roof of the building, and throwing the heavy stones of the chimney stack to a considerable distance. It also killed some sheep which happened to be near at the time. With these warnings, it is worth enquiring how many of our chapels, erected at so great a cost, are furnished with lightning conductors?

Llangollen Advertiser, 17 January 1873


1891:

Notice is hereby given, that a separate building, named Peniel Chapel, situate at Nantmor, in the parish of Beddgelert, in the county of Merioneth, in the district of Festiniog, being a building certified according to law as a place of religious worship, was, on the 28th day of March, 1891, duly registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to the Act of 6th and 7th Wm. 4, cap. 85, being substituted for Peniel Chapel, Nantmor, Beddgelert, now disused. Witness my hand this 28th day of March, 1891.Thomas Roberts, Superintendent Registrar.

The Gazette,  Friday 3 April 1891


1913:

Click here to see a photograph of female members of the Capel Peniel Temperance Society taken in 1913. The following persons have been identified but there are a number of others still to be confirmed:

  • Mary Ann EVANS (gwraig y crudd)
  • Jane HUGHES, Tanrhiw (?)
  • Lily HUGHES, Tanrhiw
  • Ann JONES, Ty Capel
  • Annie JONES, Tanrhiw
  • Mary Ellen JONES (Williams), Garddllygaidydydd
  • Jane ROBERTS, Corlwyni
  • Jane ROBERTS, Tan y Bryn
  • Ann WILLIAMS, Ty Mawr
  • Laura WILLIAMS Ty Newydd

1918:

Peniel Church, Nantmor, collected £18 towards supplying comforts for men from the district on active service.

North Wales Chronicle, 29 March 1918


1925:

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


2016:

Comedian Greg Davies visited Capel Peniel in 2016, as part of the BBC TV Series Who Do You Think You Are? shown on 1 February 2017, to learn more about his great-great-grandfather Evan Owen, a farmer, who was a deacon at the chapel.

Greg Davies visits Capel Peniel in 2016 for Who do you think you are?

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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.

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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.

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1873: Thunderstorm

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Early on Friday morning, the 3rd inst., the above district was visited by one of the most severe storms experienced for some years, the flashes of lightning being almost incessant. A small chapel in the upper part of Nantmor, belonging to the Calvinistic Methodists, was almost destroyed by the lightning. It seems that the electric fluid first struck the earth about five yards from the end of the chapel, passed under a boundary wall and a small stable without doing any damage, then struck the gable end opposite the fire-grate, which it forced in, breaking every pane of glass in the building, and smashing the pulpit and several seats. It appears then to have travelled up the chimney flue, until it reached within a few feet of the top, where it scattered, blowing off nearly the whole of the roof of the building, and throwing the heavy stones of the chimney stack to a considerable distance. It also killed some sheep which happened to be near at the time.

With these warnings, it is worth enquiring how many of our chapels, erected at so great a cost, are furnished with lightning conductors?

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