The Repository of all Things Historical for the Ancient Welsh Town of Carnarvon

  Castle Square, Carnarvon. Published by Williams & Hughes, Bridge Steet, 1850



What's New


List of Trades






Parish Chest


Caernarfon Ddoe/
Caernarfon's Yesterdays

Contact & Links



From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: January 6th. 1855.


This annual sporting meeting came off on Monday, under the presidency of Mr. John Rogers and Mr. J. R. Roberts. The dogs threw off at Cocksidia, and general good runs were made. In the evening a jolly party sat down to a comfortable dinner at the Vaynol Arms, and gave convincing proofs of its excellency. After the cloth had been drawn the Chairman gave the following toasts, which were drank with the usual display of loyalty:- "Our beloved Queen, God bless her; the Prince of Wales and the rest of the Royal Family; the Lord-Lieutenant of the County, Sir R. Bulkeley, M.P.; Army and Navy, and may the courage they have displayed be rewarded with the success it deserves; T. A. Smith, Esq., and thanks to him for his kindness in permitting the sport on his ground; H. R. Williams, Esq., of Penrhos, and his hounds, and thanks to him for the day's sport." Many other toasts and sentiments circulated round the board, and the evening was spent with hilarity, harmony, and good humour.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: January 6th. 1855.


We regret to find that Mr. George Saunders, the optician, is about to leave this neighbourhood just as we have began personally to appreciate the excellence of his optical glasses and other aids to vision. Of his eye glasses generally we must leave those to judge who may stand in need of their assistance; but we can safely say that the very best Stanhope lens which we have ever seen is the one with which he has just completed our microscopic arrangements. His glasses for watchmakers and engravers are of the very first quality. We find by advertisement that his next trip will be to Pwllheli.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: January 20th. 1855.


We have the gratifying intelligence to communicate to our readers that at the recent autumn exhibition of prize drawings of the Schools of Art throughout the united kingdom, held in Gore-house, London, four medals were awarded to students belonging to the school at Carnarvon, under the superintendence of Mr. J. C. Rowland, viz., one medal to Mr. J. Wynne, sen., for drawings in stage five, being shading from models casts; and three medals to Mr. Richard Griffith, master of the British School, at Carnarvon, for drawings in stage one, perspective; stage two, ornamental outline; and stage five, shading from models and casts.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: January 20th. 1855.


This case, which was a claim filed against the defendant, by the plaintiff, who is a draper residing at Bethesda, for specific performance of the contract for sale of the Seiont foundry, Carnarvon, came on this day before the Masters' Chief Clerk, on the question of title (it having been referred to the Master on the previous hearing "to ascertain and report to the court whether a good title could be made to the property, and when it was first shown that such good title had been made"), when the Chief Clerk decided that a good title had not yet been shown, by directing the plaintiff to comply with all the principal objectives and requisitions made by the defendant on the title. Plaintiff's solicitor then gave notice of his intention to have the case argued before the court, but has since abandoned such intention. Solicitor for plaintiff, Mr. H. Lloyd Jones, Bangor; for defendant, Messrs. Hayward and Davies, Oswestry.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: February 10th. 1855.


We are glad to learn that the Bishops of North Wales, in conjunction with the committee, have elected the Rev. W. Rees Williams to be Principal of this institution.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: March 10th. 1855.


The Watch Committee met at eleven o'clock on Wednesday. A copy of rules and regulations were laid on the table by the Mayor, and referred to the committee previously appointed, for their revision. At twelve o'clock the Town Council assembled, Hugh Jones, Esq., the Mayor, presiding. It being announced that a vacancy had occurred in the office of clerk to the Market, the appointment was made in favour of Mr. Robert Thomas.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: March 17th. 1855.


The denisens of Bank Quay, Carnarvon, were somewhat alarmed on Thursday, by the sudden fall of a new building in that locality. It appears that one gable end had been built on an old wall, running at right angles to, and connected with, the town walls. This foundation proved insecure, and the whole of that portion fell to ruin, damaging at the same time the entire structure, which will probably have to be rebuilt. Fortunately no one was seriously hurt by the accident, although there was a narrow escape.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: April 21st. 1855.


It will be satisfying to many of our readers to know that Henry Russell, the celebrated composer, whose melodies have acquired universal popularity, intends visiting Carnarvon on the 4th. ultimo, when he will give his entertainment, entitled "Progress of the Emigrant from the Old World to the New," and his unrivalled "Sketches of Negro Life." A series of views representing upwards of 4,000 miles of American scenery will be introduced, and whilst the painting is passing, Mr. Russell will describe the country, relate his adventures, and sing some of his best songs. Altogether, the evening will doubtless be a most attractive one, and it may be confidently anticipated that Mr. Russell's fame will attract a crowded house.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: May 5th. 1855.


May has come in rather coldly. On her very first visit she pelted us with hailstones, nor has her countenance been cheery or her breath warm and comfortable, up to the very hour at which we go to press. On Thursday night there was a mingled storm of hail, snow, and sleet. Early on Friday morning, snow lay deeply in the valleys, and up to Friday noon, the summits of the hills were draped with the purest white.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: May 12th. 1855.


Mr. Henry Russell's entertainment, at the Sportsman Hotel Assembly-room, Carnarvon, on Friday week, was, as had been anticipated, patronised by a crowded house, and eveything went off to the delight of all present. The panoramic views of an emigrant's transit to the Far West, and other illustrations were inspired, whilst the various songs so familiar to the old world as well as the new, gave to the whole an interest which no mere scenic delineation could inspire. In fact, here lay the centre of attraction. Who that is acquainted with "Cheer Boys, Cheer," "The Ship on Fire," "The Ivy Green," and all the other popular songs of Mr. Russell, would not desire to hear the popular composer himself? Although, as a vocalist, he does not excel, he has, nevertheless, the tact to enlist the sympathy, and retain the attention of his audience, by the fervour of his style, and the expressive manner in which he renders his own songs. Mr. Russell's playing upon Kirkman's semi-grand (to which he has added an invention, combining the powers of an organ, with those of a piano-forte) was especially admired. The Sketches of Negro Life were admirable, and whilst slavery, and its horrors were exposed and denounced, characteristic incidents were by no means wanting, to awaken the rissible faculties. Altogether there was a vast amount of instruction, combined with amusement. We must not omit to state that at Mr. Russell's request, the audience joined in the chorus of "Cheer Boys, Cheer," with excellent effect.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: May 12th. 1855.


We understand that Messrs. Price and Case intend placing the new steamer Anglesey on the station next week, to ply between the Menai and the Mersey. The Anglesey is a boat the size of the Menai, but with finer lines and increased power. Her cabin is handsomely decorated with local scenery, and she is considered in every respect a first-rate boat.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: May 19th. 1855.


On Saturday, the 12th. inst., before Hugh Jones, Mayor, and Thomas Turner, Esqs., Mary Williams was charged with exposing in that day's market, veal that was unfit for food. Wm. Jones, P.C., proved that he took the meat from defendant's stall, and produced the same. The magistrates inspected and condemned it. The defendant was fined 10s. and costs. The condemned meat was burnt by order of the magistrates.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: June 2nd. 1855.


On and from the 2nd. June the Mail Train will arrive at Carnarvon Station, 4.30 a.m., and leave at 8.24 p.m.

The Mail to Pwllheli will start at 4.40 a.m., and return from Pwllheli 5.35 p.m., arriving at Carnarvon 8.20 p.m.

The Mail to Tanybwlch will be despatched at 5.30 a.m., and return from Tanybwlch at 3.24 p.m., arriving at Carnarvon 7.20 p.m.

The Mail to Beddgelert will be despatched at 6.5 a.m., and return at 5.0 p.m., arriving at Carnarvon 7.0 p.m.

The Mail to Llanberis will be deapatched at 6.5 a.m., and return at 5.45 p.m., arriving at Carnarvon 7.0 p.m.

The Letter-box will be closed at 7.15 p.m., but Letters will be received with an extra stamp until 8.0 p.m.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: June 9th. 1855.


In addition to the contributions already announced towards the expense of starting this useful and flourishing institution, the following sums have been received:- Lord Newborough, 5; J. G. Griffith, Esq., Llanfair Hall, 2; Mrs. Hunt, 1; Mr. Rees, "Herald Office," 1. The entire list of subscriptions will be published in a future paper.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: June 23rd. 1855.


At the recent adjourned meeting of the trustees of the harbour, Mr. Thomas Turner in the chair, Mr. Kennedy reported that he had examined the bonded vaults, and considered them safe, inasmuch as the abutments appeared good, and the arches not injured by the settling. The following was the only minute entered, "It appearing that the bonded vaults were in some respects defective." Resolved unanimously, "That the attention of the architect be drawn thereto, and that he be requested to see the same remedied forthwith."

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: June 23rd. 1855.



Eleanor, the widow of the late Thos. Williams, of this town, master of the schooner Emily Annina, who died at the age of 29, of rapid consumption, while on his passage from Cadiz to Buenos Ayres, on the 20th of January, 1855, in lat. 28.35.S, long. 23.W, is left destitute with five young children totally to suffer the loss of an effective husband, and a sober, active, and tender father. Under such circumstances it is intended by certain friends, in the course of next week, to wait upon the benevolent and philanthropic neighbours, to solicit subscriptions in aid of the distressed widow, and her fatherless orphans. We have been furnished with a certificate of the facts, and can recommend the case to the benevolent.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: July 7th. 1855.


We are always glad to see the system of early closing advocated and promoted. The warehouse of Messrs. T. and J. Turner bears the following placard in both languages:- "Notice. On and after the 1st. inst. this warehouse will be closed at 7 o'clock. On Saturdays and Fair-days at 8 o'clock."

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: July 14th. 1855.


We are glad to learn that a concert will be given by that masterly violinist, Mr. E. W. Thomas, of Liverpool, during the Regatta week, in the large Ball Room of the Royal and Sportsman Hotel, under the immediate patronage of the Royal Welsh Yacht Club. An announcement to this effect is given in another column, and further particulars will be duly adverted to in our next and succeeding impressions.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: July 14th. 1855.


An inquest was held in the County Hall, in this town, on Wednesday last, before Mr. E. G. Powell, Esq., on view of the body of Mary Williams, single woman, who died on Tuesday morning, at her lodging, in Castle-ditch. A rumour was circulated through the town that the deceased had died from the effects of medicine given to her to cause abortion. It appeared that on Saturday morning the deceased gave birth to a four months' child - still-born; and from that time to the period of her death her sufferings continued to increase. She was attended by Robert Jones, Esq., surgeon, from whose evidence it appeared that he had been called in to attend the patient on Saturday morning, between three and four. She was then suffering from labour pains, but no danger was apprehended. - When he next called, about ten o'clock, the child had been born. The after-pains were very acute, and he attended her at intervals up to the time of her death, which resulted from internal inflammation. No cause was assigned for the inflammation, and a verdict was given according to the medical evidence.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: July 21st. 1855.


The annual examination of the children of the above school, about two hundred in number, was held on Tuesday last, at three p.m., in the presence of a large gathering of the subscribers and friends, and also of the mothers of the children, who appeared in great spree, and took a lively interest in the proceedings.

The schoolroom, which is large and airy, was tastefully decorated with ferns, everygreens, flowers, appropriate mottoes, and a most creditable show of needlework, including quilts, capes, pinafores, baby-shoes, dolls dressed in Welsh costume, pincushions, &c. &c., conspicuously exhibited along the desks and shelves and the large chandelier in the centre, which had for the time the appearance of a gay trophy, on which were recorded the triumphs of little fingers expert in the use of needle and thread.

The exercises consisted of singing, spelling, counting, &c., which were executed with great readiness and accuracy. The singing was particularly good and correct, and the mistress, Mrs. Ann Jones, deserves credit for the excellent taste displayed in the selection of the songs and hymns in English and Welsh.

A series of Scriptures Lessons given from pictures, by Miss C. Girdlestone, of Kingswinford, the patroness of the school, formed a striking and interesting feature in the examination.

The high reputation the school has attained for discipline and vigour was fully borne out by the satisfactory manner in which the scholars acquitted themselves.

The examination being ended, the Rev. Thomas Thomas, Vicar of the Parish, addressed the parents of the children in Welsh. Having set before them the advantages of having their children at school, he urged them to a strenuous support of the exertions of the mistress, by preserving discipline at home. He hoped what they had witnessed would make those present value the school more highly, and induce others, by what they heard, to avail themselves of the same privileges for their children.

The Rev. D. L. Williams, Curate of the Parish, under whose supervision the school is placed, was then called upon to address those assembled, in English. He spoke to the following effect:-

My Christian Friends, - I am asked to speak to you about our present meeting, the examination you have seen and the tea-drinking that is to be. The time allowed me is but short, and lest I should "travel out of my brief," I shall confine myself strictly to the few notes which I have under my hand. I shall begin with the supporters of the Ragged School, the friends and visitors who have given us their countenance and presence on this occasion. You have had some notion of what the children have been doing during the last half-year. You have seen what there is here "to show for the money," you have kindly given and the support you have already afforded. Those little voices that you have heard singing so sweetly and answering so accurately; those little eyes that have been so attentive and watchful; those little hands with their soldierlike precision of movement; those little feet with their hearty stamp all in good time; those little heads also at work plodding and nodding, have invited your criticism and appealed to your approval, which, if they have failed to win, nothing that I can say will reverse your judgement, or make up and account for what has been wanting on their part. I, however, in my partiality for them it may be, think they have done their work well, and rest assured that your decision will be favourable. What remains to be seen is the tea-drinking, which I trust, will be got through in a way satisfactory to those who take part in it, and to those who look on. There is also the needlework, to which I would direct your attention. The ladies who visit the school say the things are well made, and that the stitching is good, and they are more competent to give an opinion than I can pretend to be. You will be good enough to look at the sewing while the children are at tea, and to buy whatever you may fancy. The proceeds of the things disposed of will be added to the fund of the Clothing Club, by the help of which the poor children are enabled to make the decent appearance they do on a day like this, and without which provision they would be bare and "ragged" indeed. The fine thing you now see exhibited on the desks around and the gasalier overhead will, when winter approaches, be converted into strong shoes and warm clothing for these good children to keep their feet and their backs from the cold. Nice mementoes these, good English people, of your visit to Wales, and the genuine production of native industry. Your buying, the things are not dear, will be a slight mark of your approbation, which will be well understood and duly appreciated. We would, however, hope for a further result. We would hope that the supporters of this institution will, for the future, take a greater interest in its prosperity, and that we may see an addition to the list of subscriptions, not that our finances are in a bad condition, for the committee have gone on the safe principle of suiting the expenses to the income, and making both ends meet at the end of the year. The annual expenditure, according to the parochial report of 1854, which I hold in my hand, does not exceed 35. Yet, the fact must not be concealed, that if the subscriptions were so increased as to justify the outlay that would be required to carry out the plans that have been suggested, the school would certainly become more efficient than it can be under existing arrangements. We will not confine ourselves to pecuniary aid, however important, for there may be for a time such a thing as a languishing school, with a flourishing subscription list; and on the other hand, when a school answers the expectations of its promoters, subscriptions are generally forthcoming when needed. We would, therefore, rather urge upon you the necessity of looking up the parents in your neighbourhood, or within reach of your influence, and using your efforts to persuade them to send their children to school, and overcome the apathy and indifference of those who, uneducated themselves, erronously think that under the present improved state of things their children may do as well without education as they have done. The kind exertions of the district visitors have been eminently successful, and other ladies may be encouraged by their success to "do likewise." What a pleasing anticipation to think that you may be instrumental in forwarding the best interest of the rising generation in this town. Pleasing it will be hereafter to think that you have lent a helping hand in the great work of bringing up those children who, by and by, will be the servants whom you will trust, the labourers and workmen you will be employing, the cottagers you will have for your neighbours, the seamen, and the wives of seamen, whose tidy and well-stored dwellings you will be admiring - the men and women of Carnarvon, 10 or 15 years hence, and of having made them, what under God's blessing they will be, loyal, intelligent, truthful, thrifty, virtuous, honest, and industrious. Should it, however, be god's will prematurely to take to himself any of these children of promise, how comfortable it will be to reflect that you have been the means of bringing them here, and that they have here tasted of a fairer tree than that of Eden, and more "to be desired to make one wise" - that they have here been brought to know their God and their Saviour, that they have been here taught to love and honour the adorable name of Jesus, and to pray to their "Father which is in heaven."

"There is beyond the sky
A Heaven of joy and love,
And holy children when they die
Go to that world above.

I may now refer very briefly to the parents. They have just been addressed in their own dear and familiar Welsh by their much esteemed Vicar, who has done such great things for the cause of education at Carnarvon, in that affectionate and earnest manner so peculiarly his own. I shall only observe that we may hope the insight the mothers of the children have had to-day into the working of this establishment, and the exhortation they have listened to with so much attention, will make them more anxious than ever to secure for their little ones the great advantages that are here gratuitously offered. I now come to speak of the children and the tea drinking, and when you are made aware that the little treat (which, on this as on former occasions, a kind lady has provided, to whom this school is more indebted than I can tell you, more especially in her presence) is looked forward to with eager expectation by the poor little boys and girls for weeks beforehand, and that this day of buns, tea, and fine clothes will be talked of with pleasure for weeks to come, you cannot fail to perceive its effect for good on those who have not yet become such philosophers as to despise the dainties that have so great a charm for the infant mind, nor any opportunities at home or means abroad to indulge so excusable a weakness.

The children were then regaled with their "quantum sufficit" of buns and tea, and a more hearty and merry tea-drinking it has not been our lot to witness. While tea was going on the friends and visitors were making their purchases, by which means about two pounds were added to the Clothing Club money.

Tea over, the children gave the National Anthem with capital effect. They then thanked and gave cordial and loud cheers for their benefactress.

They afterwards marched through a great part of the town, singing as they went, and accompanied by a number of ladies and the clergy and friends. Returning through Danyrallt and Pentrenewydd to Twthill, they then sang a hymn, and broke up for the holidays.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: July 28th. 1855.


Benefit Derived from the Accidental Death Insurance Co.

On the 20th. inst., just as Mr. Robert Williams, master joiner, and builder, Bank-quay, in this town, was employed along with his men unloading timber from a vessel into a cart, two pieces of timber fell on his leg, which produced a very severe contusion. He had a very narrow escape of having his leg broken. Fortunately he had some few weeks back insured himself in the Accidental Death Insurance Company, with Mr. Thomas Hughes, and though he had only paid one premium of 15s. for the ensuing year, he will receive the weekly sum of 1, during his incapacity to follow his work. Had this accident proved fatal, which might easily have been the case, his family would have received at once from the above company the handsome sum of 100. His example in providing for such accidents should be followed by all. In addition to this a medical gentleman attended him at the expense of the company. Mr. Hughes deserves to be supported by his countrymen, in his indefaitgable labour for insurance generally.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: August 11th. 1855.

It appears that light-fingered females are accustomed to attend the Carnarvon Station on the arrival of the night train. One night lately, an attempt at taking off a lady's veil was made by one of them. As it happened the servant, who stood behind her mistress, gave warning in time. Another lady, some nights before, perceived a set of females busy about her luggage.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: August 25th. 1855.


The children of the Carnarvon Workhouse, under the care of the master and others enjoyed an excursion to Chester on Monday last. They returned safely, highly delighted with the treat, and with the kindness of the Chester people towards them.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: August 25th. 1855.


The apple tree growing in the garden which Mr. John Jones made a few years ago on the Tower in the hole in Wall-street, and for which he made a present of apples to the Prince of Wales during her Majesty's late visit to Holyhead, en route to Dublin, has this year borne much fruit, a portion of which Mr. Jones presented to the Ex-Queen of the French on her late visit to Carnarvon. The gift was graciously received, and handsomely rewarded. Some of the fruit were also presented, with a similar reception, to the Countess of Carnarvon, who was graciously pleased to state that she should plant the pips of the apples in her own garden as mementoes of the event.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: September 8th. 1855.


A gentleman named Robinson, a resident of Liverpool, making a tour through Wales for the benefit of his health, arrived at the Uxbridge Arms Hotel, Carnarvon, on Thursday evening, having travelled in a carriage accompanied by a friend and a servant, from Conway. About eleven o'clock the same night he was attacked with apoplexy, and expired in a few minutes. His body, placed in a coffin, and enclosed in a box was conveyed to Liverpool the followng morning by steamer.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: September 8th. 1855.


We sincerely regret to learn, that the splendid banquet which took place some years ago at the George Hotel, as a demonstration complimentary to R. Stephenson, Esq., M.P., upon the completion of the Britannia Bridge, is likely to produce a rich harvest to the lawyers. It appears that to recover a balance of some hundreds of pounds due to her, the landlady of the George, Miss Roberts, has been obliged to set her solicitors at work. It is much to be regretted on account of all parties concerned, but more especially Mr. Stephenson and the parties who liberally subscribed for the occasion, that the managing individuals - by not settling the account, should have compelled Miss Roberts to adopt such a course. The Hon. Colonel Pennant, who presided at the banquet must feel highly annoyed.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: September 22nd. 1855.

William Williams, a sailor, appeared to a charge of being on the roof of an outhouse belonging to the Crown and Anchor Public-house, for an unlawful purpose, between 2 and 3 on Sunday morning. In his defence, he called the servant girl to prove that he was going to her by appointment.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: October 6th. 1855.


Two magnificent marine boilers were shipped last week, by Messrs. Thomas and De Winton, on board the Grosvenor, for Liverpool, for re-shipment to Havannah, for the use of the steamers Isabel 2nd. and Maria Isabel. Their weights were twelve tons fourteen hundred, and sixteen tons eight hundred and a half respectively. The difficulty of shipping off safely such huge masses of metal, without adequate cranes, would have overtaxed the mechanical skill of most ironfounders.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: November 3rd. 1855.


On Thursday the following gentlemen were elected to fill the offices of Town Councillors, for the ensuing three years:- For the Western Ward - Mr. W. W. Roberts, surgeon, Mr. Richard Griffiths, draper, Mr. W. P. Williams, chemist, and Mr. Griffith Owen, chemist. For the Eastern Ward - Mr. Henry Jonathan, hatter, and Mr. John Morris, grocer. They were elected without opposition.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: November 24th. 1855.


We recently alluded to a beautiful steam engine, manufactured for our own printing establishment, by our talented townsmen, Messrs. Thomas and De Winton, engineers. From the very satisfactory way in which this engine has worked since its construction, it affords us pleasure in calling attention to the more extensive efforts of the same firm. On Tuesday they started a steam engine of twenty horse power, and magnificent construction, which, with its capacious boiler, they have recently manufactured for, and erected on the premises of, Messrs. Dixon and Dodson, adjoining the railway station at Bangor. Competent parties who were present have informed us, that as regards workmanship and science, this engine cannot be surpassed. We think this opinion fully established by the fact that, although water had never previously been in the boiler, yet the steam was got up in three hours, and the engine started at once; making her 60 revolutions per minute, without hindrance or alteration. The town of Carnarvon has reason to be proud of this growing establishment, which, while it brings the locality into note, diffuses a large amount of good by the number of workmen it employs, and the weekly circulation of money in the place, by the wages they earn.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: December 8th. 1855.


We have this week to notice the arrival of a large consignment of port and sherries, to the bonded stores of Mr. Morgan Lloyd, wine merchant, Castle-square, this town.

  © 2003 - 2021 Keith Morris. All rights reserved