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From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: January 2nd. 1891.


The annual football competitions under the auspices of the Carnarvon Athletic Club came off on Friday. Five clubs competed, the final tie being between Bangor and Pwllheli. By one goal to nil Bangor won the prizes. Mr. Farrington, Conway, was the referee, the secretarial duties being efficiently carried out by Mr. J. M. Clayton.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: January 2nd. 1891.


As the result of an interview which the Mayor and Councillors M. T. Morris and T. Bugbird had with Mr. Wood, the other day, with regard to the inconvenience caused by the recent regulation at the railway station, it is understood that the station will be open to the public on Saturdays, fair days, &c. An additional window will be placed in the booking office for the convenience of passengers by the Llanberis line. Mr. Wood also satisfied the deputation that the question of enlarging the station would have due consideration, although it was pointed out that there were many difficulties on the way.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: January 16th. 1891.


After some delay, owing to the Christmas holidays, the recreation rooms at Carnarvon were opened on Monday evening by Mrs. Jones, Minafon, to nearly 200 boys who had previously been enrolled as members. Immediately after the opening each boy was given a good mug of coffee and a bun by Miss De Burgh, one of the ladies who from the commencement has been most energetic in making the scheme a success. She was ably assisted by Mrs. Jones, Mrs. R. D. Williams, Misses Rees, Old Bank; Mrs. Cowell, and others, and the boys showed by their lusty cheering afterwards how well they had enjoyed themselves. Addresses were given by the Vicar, the Rev. Henry Jones, and Mr. W. G. Thomas. The secretary (Mr. J. H. Williams) said he had received a letter from the Mayor (Mr. Issard Davies) regretting his inability to be present, and wishing the movement every success.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: January 30th. 1891.


The interior of the assize court at the County Hall has recently been entirely renovated and decorated by Mr. R. H. Toleman, decorator, &c., of this town. The interior of the dome is nicely tinted with shades of buff, pink, and blue, and the plaster enrichments of the ceiling skilfully picked out in the same colours. The drapery at the back of the bench has been renewed, and all the tables re-covered. The general effect is very pleasing, and Mr. Toleman is to be congratulated upon his successful treatment of such an extensive and difficult piece of work.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: January 30th. 1891.


In this month's Nelson (a periodical published by Messrs Morris and Davies, Nelson Emporium) some timely suggestions are made with regard to what should be done to render Carnarvon an attractive resort to visitors. The writer refers to the necessity of a cabstand and better ferry accommodation, and strongly urges the provision of a more suitable steamer for the traffic - one built in accordance with modern requirements. He also impresses upon the town council the importance of having comfortable writing-rooms erected on both sides of the ferry, as well as a more systematic regulation of traffic. With regard to the Aber ferry, and the pleasant promenade beyond, the writer recommends the erection of a light bridge across the Seiont, and the building of an attractive marine-terrace. Another want sadly felt in the town, and one greatly missed by visitors, is a suitable public bathing place. During the summer months, accommodation was provided at Ala Las, but the writer considers it to be the duty of the town council to extend the improvements until a public Turkish bath have been secured for the town.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: February 6th. 1891.


The following young ladies from the school (Miss Shead's) were successful in passing the college of Preceptor's examination held in December last:- Third class, 2nd. division: Miss Mary Roberts, Mold; Miss Maggie Owen, Portmadoc; Miss Myfanwy Lumley, Trevor; Miss Dora Pugh, Llysmeirion, Carnarvon; and Miss Bertha Cousins, Eryldon. Third class, 3rd. division: Miss Pollie Jones, Carnarvon.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: February 13th. 1891.




On Tuesday evening an influential meeting of tradesmen was held at the People's Cafe, Castle-square, Carnarvon, for the purpose of considering the advisability of taking immediate steps to remove the annoyance caused by the present arrangements at the Carnarvon railway station.

Advert for R. H. Toleman's decorating services. C.D.H. 9th. January, 1891.  K. Morris
Advert for R. H. Toleman's decorating services.
C.D.H. 9th. January, 1891. K. Morris

Councillor M. T. Morris (Nelson Emporium) was voted to the chair. In explaining the object of the meeting, he said that there was a very strong feeling prevalent in the town against the present rules and innovations introduced by the railway company. The tradesmen of Carnarvon were of opinion that the present grievances were certainly detrimental to the interests of the town at large, and were bound to seriously affect the trade of the borough. The traffic at the station, ten or twelve years ago, was double what it was now. At that tine they had a platform policeman to keep away the rabble that the company complained of, but of late years the policeman had been done away with, and the duty entrusted to other officials. The way in which that was carried out now was, to say the least, very unsatisfactory. The company at present showed their over-anxiety to put into force the stringent rules rather than adopt the old system of collecting tickets outside the town, and they had even to bring four or five extra men to Carnarvon every Saturday to carry out the present arrangements. We hear complaints from all quarters and by people that are in the habit of travelling daily, and the public do not like such treatment; they are looked upon by the officials with suspicion, and after treated with a certain amount of uncivility, and it is to be hoped that the company will, without further delay, meet the wishes of the town and country by making Carnarvon an open station again. London, Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, and other large towns are all open stations, and strangers are allowed to go backwards and forwards as they like, and enter the different platforms with their friends without any of this red-tapeism, and not for ever with a cap in hand asking for a ticket of admission as at present in Carnarvon. Favours, I understand, are made, and some have been told that they can come and go whenever they like without a ticket.

Councillor J. R. Pritchard concurred with everything which Mr. Morris had said, and protested strongly against the present arrangements.

Mr. Cadwaladr Williams also condemned in the strongest terms the regulations at present in force, and enumerated several cases where the public were annoyed and badly treated at the station. He was an eye-witness of a case last week, when some porters were very uncivil to passengers. He had ascertained at Llanberis that the feeling of the quarrymen was very strong on the question, and unless something was done at once the mind of the public would be prejudiced against Carnarvon as a market town. Some of the officials were very anxious to carry out the regulations of the company without taking into consideration their duty towards the public as well.

Other speakers followed, including Mr. Robert Williams, Dinorwic-street; Mr. Aneurin Williams, Mr. Whiskin, Messrs. D. Rees, Hugh Pritchard, Elwyn Jones, John Davies (Nelson Emporium), Gwenlyn Evans, D. W. Davies, T. O. Jones, _____ Griffith, &c., all of whom spoke very strongly against the present system.

A resolution was passed that a small deputation be named to wait upon Mr. Wood on the following day, together with the members of the corporation who had formed the previous deputation.

The feeling of the meeting was very unanimous, and it was decided to get up town petitions on Wednesday morning. This was done, and within an hour or so between 600 and 700 of the leading inhabitants had signed the petition.

The deputation met Mr. Wood at the railway station on Wednesday at 12.30, consisting of the Mayor (Mr. Issard Davies), Councillors M. T. Morris and W. J. Williams; Mr. Whiskin, Mr. Cadwaladr Williams, and Mr. Hugh Pritchard, Pool-street Market.

The Mayor introduced the deputation, and informed Mr. Wood that they had come there with reference to the complaints made a short time ago, and pointed out that the company had not carried out what they had promised, but were adhering to most stringent measures. The Mayor also presented the following petition subscribed to by between 600 and 700 persons:-


Sir, - We the undersigned, burgesses and tradesmen of Carnarvon and the neighbourhood, beg respectfully to urge upon you that the recent changes at the railway station, which has been made a closed one are causing very great inconvenience and annoyance to scores of country customers and the travelling public generally. Also, we feel strongly that in a district consisting so largely of Welsh-speaking people, that the officials generally ought to understand and speak Welsh, as this would avoid much of the unnecessary irritation experienced at present. We beg to express our conviction that unless the recent changes are removed without further delay, the trade of the town and the interests of the railway company are certain to suffer.

The Mayor strongly urged the desirability of doing away with the present arrangements immediately, as they were most damaging to the trade of the town, the request of the tradesmen being that the station should be made open as heretofore.

Councillor M. T. Morris conveyed to Mr. Wood the feeling expressed at the meeting on the previous evening in consequence of grievances which tradesmen and others suffered. The present arrangements were condemned owing to the limited accommodation at the station, and the inadequate provision for a large number of passengers arriving and departing. The result would be, unless the present state of things be remedied, that the trade and welfare of the town would be interfered with. Mr. Morris further spoke of the anxiety of the tradesmen to further the interests of the town, a proof of which was their expensive way of advertising, the railway company thereby deriving considerable benefit. It was, therefore, only natural that the townspeople should appeal to the company not to hinder them in their efforts. The petition had been supported by over 600 persons, whilst the company seemed to depend for their information upon the evidence of a few individuals who paid casual visits to the town, not on that of persons who came there daily or weekly.

Mr. Cadwaladr Williams also spoke very strongly of the grievances, and asked Mr. Wood to remove them as soon as possible, as they were most damaging to the trade of the town. He related several cases showing how disagreeable some of the officials had been to the public.

Councillor W. J. Williams next pointed out the vast differences between the Carnarvon station and the Bangor station. At the latter place they had a much larger and more convenient platform, and the arrangements were not so stringent. At Carnarvon, the accommodation was very defective, although the Carnarvon markets were attended by a greater number of country people. He very strongly urged Mr. Wood to meet the town in a fair spirit by removing the grievance at once, until a larger station was erected.

Mr. Hugh Pritchard said he had noticed that the parcels of his customers during the last few weeks had become very small, and on inquiring the cause, he was frankly told that it was owing to the annoyance which customers experienced at the station, and the difficulty of getting through the narrow gates with large parcels. Consequently they preferred taking with them smaller parcels, and buy the remainder in their several districts.

Mr. Wood pronounced to take the matter into consideration, and report the complaints to the directors. The present arrangements were carried out in accordance with instructions from headquarters. He was anxious that the deputation should give them a little time instead of pressing matters forward in the manner they were doing.

Several gentlemen urged Mr. Wood to discontinue the present arrangements forthwith, or else the cases which Mr. Hugh Pritchard had mentioned might multiply, and thereby seriously affect the trade of the town.

It was stated that there were several gentlemen ready in attendance at the railway station prepared to substantiate the statements of the deputation.

Mr. Wood having promised to let them know the result as soon as possible, the deputation withdrew.

On the motion of Mr. Cadwaladr Williams, and duly seconded, a vote of thanks to the Carnarvon and Denbigh Herald, the Herald Cymraeg, and other newspapers was passed for their services in connection with the movement.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: February 27th. 1891.


We understand that a capacious Drill Hall is about to be erected for the use of these companies, which have been established some 30 years ago. They have hitherto been much inconvenienced by the want of a proper room for drilling purposes. The site secured for the building is in Victoria-road, a new road leading up from Llanberis-road - an admirable situation, and the foundation stone is to be laid by Colonel G. B. Davies-Cooke, commanding the battalion, next month. The hall is to be well fitted up as a gymnasium, which the youth of Carnarvon will be glad to hear, while the convenient size of the room will render it servicable for holding concerts and various entertainments.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: March 12th. 1891.



Advert for Ginnett's Olympia. C.D.H. 3rd. July, 1891.  K. Morris
Advert for Ginnett's Olympia.
C.D.H. 3rd. July, 1891. K. Morris

On Saturday, in the presence of a large concourse of persons, the foundation stone of a drill hall for the use of the G. and H. companies of the 2nd. Volunteer Battalion of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers was laid by his Worship the Mayor (Mr. J. Issard Davies). The hall, which is the outcome of the energy of Major C. H. Rees, is situated in Victoria-road, close to the barracks of the Carnarvonshire Militia, and the cost of its erection has been in part guaranteed by a few of the officers and friends of the corps. The building, which will be of corrugated iron, will measure sixty feet square, exclusive of an armoury and the necessary offices, and the contract is being carried out by Mr. John Hughes, Uxbridge-square, Mr. R. J. Davids, C.E. (who planned the hall), giving his services as superintendent of the works. The site has kindly been given by Mr. Assheton Smith. The commanding officer of the battalion (Lieut.-Colonel Davies-Cooke) was to have performed the ceremony, but owing to indisposition, he was unable to attend, and the Mayor of Carnarvon consented to fulfil the task on his behalf. The volunteer companies, with a strong contingent from Penygroes, mustered in front of the present armoury in Church-street shortly before four o'clock, and headed by their band, marched to the site in Victoria-road, which was gaily decorated with bunting. The 2nd. V.B. Royal Welsh Fusiliers were represented by Colonel Hunter (Plas Coch), Major Sheriff Roberts (Chester and Mold), and Lieutenant Sarson (Llandudno), the officers of the Carnarvon companies present being Major Rees (in command), Captain and Hon. Major W. Paynter, Lieutenant Hardman, and Quarter-Master H. Harwood. Surgeon-Major H. Jones-Roberts was present in command of the Penygroes company, which is composed of about sixty young quarrymen of fine physique. Amongst the civilians present were Messrs. R. J. Davids, C.E., T. D. Lloyd, R. R. Williams. W. Ll. Davies, and others.

In presenting the mayor with a silver trowel, Major Rees said that the building, which was to be known by the name of the Victoria Drill Hall, would certainly confer a great benefit upon the members of the G. and H. Companies of the battalion which was assimilated with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers - a regiment whose glorious deeds and acts of bravery would be handed down to posterity (applause). The drill hall would prompt the young members of the companies to greater efficiency, for hitherto they had been very much inconvenienced by want of accommodation for drilling purposes. He also hoped that the young men of the town generally would avail themselves of the gymnastic apparatus with which the hall would be fitted, for in his opinion the gymnasium had not been encouraged at Carnarvon to the extent he should like to see it (hear, hear).

The Mayor, after laying the stone, said he trusted that the day would mark an era in the history of the corps, which hitherto had had to contend with difficulties and disadvantages, all of which, however, Major Rees and his brother officers had successfully surmounted (hear, hear). He might, perhaps, be sanguine, but he looked forward to the day when Carnarvon would be a great military centre with a regiment of a thousand men from the regular army stationed there (applause). The very fact that at Carnarvon, with a small population, they had been able to maintain three volunteer corps would constitute a very strong argument in its favour as a military centre when they made their representation to the War Office (hear, hear, and applause). He saw the other day that in certain divisions the volunteers were loosing ground and decreasing the numbers. He was proud to think that at Carnarvon the reverse was the case (applause). It was gratifying to find that the volunteer movement had also been taken up with considerable interest by their sturdy neighbours in the Nantlle Vale - a fact proving that the county of Carnarvon was certainly the best ground for recruiting; indeed he believed a better ground for the purpose could not be found within her Majety's dominions (applause). The drill hall about to be erected gave evidence of the energy and enthusiasm with which the officers had worked in the cause of a movement which not only deserved but demanded success (applause). He hoped they would give the corps their heartiest support whilst endeavourng to expand its ranks with good men (hear, hear). The officers would certainly not be found wanting, for they had at heart the advancement of the corps, as well as the individual benefit of the men (applause). Concluding, he said he would keep the trowel as a memento, not only of the event, but also as a valued memento of his year of office as Mayor of Carnarvon (applause).

Colonel Hunter, as second in command of the battalion, proposed a vote of thanks to the mayor for having laid the stone in the unavoidable absence of Colonel Cooke. He fully appreciated the services rendered by the mayor of that ancient borough in laying the foundation stone, because it was not only a compliment to the regiment, but it gave an impetus in other ways for the civilian portion of the borough to support the volunteer movement. Colonel Cooke expressed his sincere regret that he had not been able to be present owing to a severe cold. He (Colonel Hunter) cordially agreed with the mayor in saying that Carnarvon would be a most judicious site as a military centre if the Government were to adopt it. They really only wanted to see what soldiers were like before passing an opinion upon them. There were in some parts men who would not only oppose the military, but insulted them. He did not thnk that her Majesty's Army or Navy had ever so far disgraced themselves as to become unfit to associate with their fellow-men in this country. They had heard this within the past few weeks. Sorry he was that such a disgraceful thing had been levelled against her Majesty's Army. It had been said that they were not fit to come to the Principality, one of the loyalest places in her Majesty's kingdom. He therefore very sincerely supported the feelings of the mayor, and trusted that the town, with its mayor and corporation, would try to get a regiment of her Majesty's Army localised in Carnarvon, or as near to the town as was possible, because the Army was already localised at Wrexham, which, being only ten miles distant from Chester, was too near that place, where there was a military depot. As far as his humble voice went, he would do all he could to help them get the military to Carnarvon. They would then prove what they were, and would do good to the country. As yet, the Army had never disgraced the country. They had held their own, and what would the country and the colonies do had it not been for the protection afforded by the military and naval forces (cheers). Were they, therefore, to be insulted in Wales? He rather thought that Wales should encourage the Army and Navy.

Lieutenant Sheriff Roberts, in seconding the vote of thanks, endorsed the remarks of the mayor and Colonel Hunter with reference to the establishment of a military depot in the town.

The vote of thanks having been passed and acknowledged, the band played a selection of national airs terminating with "God save the Queen."

The Volunteers afterwards marched to the Guild Hall, where tea was provided for them, and in the evening the officers dined at the Royal and Sportsman Hotel.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: March 20th. 1891.


An explosion of gas occurred at the Municipal Office on Monday morning, but fortunately it was not attended with any serious result. It appeared that Mr. William Jones, plumber, was in the office at about half-past eight, and there being a strong smell of gas, he inspected one of the pipes under the west window. While doing so, the naked light came in contact with the gas and an explosion took place with a loud report. The desk above was blown completely away, and part of the window smashed. William Jones was for a few seconds stunned, his hair was singed, and his eye-lashes burnt. Mrs. Thomas, of the Guild Hall, who was dusting in the room at the time, was struck in the side by a piece of broken timber from the desk. Her injuries were not very serious, but her side was discoloured. The windows of the room happened to be open otherwise the result might have been serious.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: April 17th. 1891.


On Saturday, at the Vicarage Field, a football match was played between the Carnarvon Training College and the teachers of the town and district. After a most exciting game, the teachers turned out victorious by three goals to two.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: April 24th. 1891.


About ten minutes to four o'clock on Wednesday morning, Captain Roberts, of the Anglesey Inn, on going outside his premises towards the harbour, noticed the boarding of the roof at the gable end of the house of Mr. Robert Owen, ship broker, was on fire, and he at once gave the alarm. A number of the police were soon on the spot, and were immediately followed by firemen Hugh Williams and William Pritchard. In the meantime, the occupants were roused, and with creditable promptitude the reel, under the charge of fireman Hugh Williams, was brought into use, and the fire got under, but not before the whole of the boarding on one side had been completely destroyed, and some of the slates of the roof damaged. The occurrence might have been more disastrous had it not been for the timely discovery of Captain Roberts; the fire, meanwhile; spreading towards the bedroom, there being a somewhat high wind at the time. The origin of the fire is not stated.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: May 8th. 1891.


On Tuesday, while Mr. W. Marsden, Twthill, blacksmith, in the employ of the London and North-Western Railway Company, was returning to his work down Twthill-lane, and just after emerging on to the path leading towards the Royal Hotel, a horse, which was being exhibited in connection with a sale at the said hotel, suddenly came up. Marsden reclined against the wall when the animal turned round and kicked him in the stomach. The poor man fell, and was immediately conveyed home, where he lay in a critical condition for two or three days, under the diligent care of Dr. Griffith. He received serious injuries, but we are happy to state that he is now in a fair way of recovery.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: May 8th. 1891.


We understand that Messrs. Hugh Jones and Co., Seiont Marble Works, have received instructions from the Hon. Frederick G. Wynn, Glynllivon, to prepare a monument to be placed on the grave of the late Lord Newborough in the historic and sacred Bardsey Island. Messrs. Hugh Jones have already accomplished the greater part of the work, and the monument is, we believe, to be in its place towards the latter end of June. It has been made of Anglesey Marble, selected specially for it by Mr. J. Rice Roberts, of Pentraeth, at his Moelfre Quarries. The monument, which is in the form of the ancient Celtic cross, is strikingly massive, and the work upon it elaborately done. Its total weight is not less than 30 tons; its height being 28 feet. Great care will have to be taken with its removal by water and its erection in its resting place, and we need hardly say that it will add greatly to the interesting associations of this renowned island.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: May 15th. 1891.


We notice that General Booth, the chief of the Salvation Army, is announced to address a public meeting, at the Carnarvon Pavilion, on Thursday evening next, May 21st., his subject being "Salvation Socialism." It is expected that he will show how far and what success he has already carried out the great scheme of social reform first placed before the public in his book on "Darkest England and the Way Out," a work, by the way, which is said to have have the largest sale of any book of its size and price published this century.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: May 22nd. 1891.


On Saturday, May 30th., the new Victoria Drill Hall for the use of the G. and H. Companies of the 2nd. Volunteer Battalion of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, will be opened by Lieut.-General Hugh Rowlands, C.B., V.C., and in the evening, under distinguished patronage, there will be a grand display of physical skill. The work is proceeding most satisfactorily. The cost of the hall, which is the outcome of the energy of Major C. H. Rees, and which will be about 800, has been in part guaranteed by a few of the officers and friends of the corps. The building, which is of corrugated iron, measures sixty feet square, exclusive of an armoury and the necessary offices, and the contract is being carried out by Mr. John Hughes, Uxbride-square, Mr. R. J. Davids, C.E., (who planned the hall), giving his services as superintendent of the works. The hall will undoubtedly be a great acquisition to the town, and will be a comfortable room for holding public meetings, every care having been taken to have plenty of ventilation. There is also a heating apparatus constructed according to the latest improvements.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: May 29th. 1891.


On Wednesday, the "Cygnos," a steamer built by Messrs. Thomas, Amlwch, engined by Messrs. De Winton and Co., of this town, and intended to trade between Liverpool and the Welsh coast, left here on her trial trip to Liverpool. She had a large party of guests on board.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: June 5th. 1891.



The opening of the Victoria Drill Hall, Dinorwic-street, Carnarvon, took place on Saturday, under the special patronage of Mr. J. E. Greaves (lord-lieutenant of the county), the Duke of Westminster, Sir John Puleston, Sir Llewelyn Turner, Col. R. S. Liddell (commanding 23rd. Regimental District), Col. H. Platt, Capt. J. G. Wynn Griffith, the Marquis of Anglesey, Col. Davies Cooke (commanding), Lieut.-Col. Hunter, and officers of the 2nd. Volunteer Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers. The cost of the hall, which has been erected for the use of the G. and H. Companies of the 2nd. Volunteer Battalion of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, is about 900. The building, which is of corrugated iron, measures sixty feet square, exclusive of an armoury and the necessary offices, and the contract was carried out by Mr. John Hughes, Uxbridge-square, Mr. R. J. Davids, C.E. (who planned the hall) giving his services as superintendent of the works. An efficient gymnastic apparatus has been supplied by Mr. H. Hunt, Liverpool. A heating apparatus, according to the latest improvements, has also been constructed by Messrs. J. King and Co., Limited, heating engineers, Benson-street, Liverpool.

The Carnarvon, Portdinorwic, and Penygroes Companies of the Volunteers and the members of the R.N.A.V. assembled at the Castle at about 2.30 p.m., and shortly before three o'clock were marched up to the hall, preceded by the band of the 2nd. Battalion. The officers in charge of the Rifle Volunteers were Col. Davies Cooke, Col. Hunter, Major Thorold (adjutant), Major C. H. Rees, Major Sheriff Roberts, Major Paynter, Captains Harwood and H. Jones Roberts, Lieutenant Hardman and Dr. Jones-Morris. The Royal Naval Artillery Volunteers were under the charge of Lieutenants Charles A. Jones and Geo. Owen and Hon-lieutenant Edward H. Owen; the Artillery Volunteers being represented by Dr. Owen and the Royal Naval Reserve by Chief Officer Bailey, Having arrived upon the scene of the ceremony, the companies were drawn up in files, and when Lieut.-General Hugh Rowlands, C.B. V.C., arrived, he was greeted with a general salute, and having been presented with a silver key, applied it to the door, and declared the hall open. Immediately after, the Union Jack hoisted upon a flagstaff, was unfurled, the band simultaneously striking up in spirited strains "The Union Jack of all England." The Volunteers and the general public were subsequently admitted into the hall. Col. Davies Cooke occupied the chair, and with him on the platform were Lieut.-General Rowlands, Col. Hunter, the Mayor of Carnarvon (Mr. J. Issard Davies), and Sir Llewelyn Turner.

Colonel Cooke referred at the outset to the celebration that day of the Queen's birthday. Her Majesty, it was superfluous for him to say, was the greatest monarch who ever reigned over this country (cheers). He asked them with one heart and one voice to give three cheers for their beloved and most gracious Queen and Empress of India, and for the Prince of Wales. The audience having cordially responded, and the band having played the National Anthem, Colonel Cooke said that the next thing he had to do was to propose a hearty vote of thanks to Lieutenant-General Rowlands, who had so kindly consented to come amongst them - (cheers) - to open that hall and gymnasium, which, by the patriotism and liberality of some of their townsmen had been erected for the volunteers. General Rowlands, as they were aware, and of whom they might well be proud - (cheers) - was an officer who had fought in the hard battles of the Crimea - (cheers) - and had won that much-coveted distinction for valour, the Victoria Cross (cheers).

In seconding the proposal, Colonel Hunter said they had heard what Colonel Cooke had said and they all agreed with him that they were justly proud of General Rowlands. Some people said that Wales was not a warlike country. Perhaps not, but it had been in the past, and the reason why it was not so now was that there was no necessity for it. Whether warlike or not, the Welsh people were always ready and willing to serve their Queen and country (cheers).

The motion was passed unanimously and with cheers.

A view of Dinorwic Street showing the Victoria Drill Hall in centre background.  K. Morris
A view of Dinorwic Street showing the Victoria Drill Hall in centre background. K. Morris

General Rowlands, who was loudly cheered on rising, said that he had first of all to thank the chairman for the courteous manner in which he had spoken to him. He thought all he had done had been buried in the past, for it was rather a trial for him sometimes to have the old story raked up again. However, he was greatly pleased to be of some use and assistance in being present that day to open that hall. He sympathised with the movement from the bottom of his heart (cheers). As there was so much to be done that day brevity would answer very well on that occasion. From statistics he had received he gathered that in that historic town, in 1861, the Volunteers numbered 46 efficient men at a general muster. Now they had two fine companies of 180 men, backed up by a strong force of their comrades in arms, the loyal blue jackets (cheers). The whole accommodation which the Volunteers then had - he did not think the Naval Volunteers existed then - was one room on the ground floor of a private house. The accommodation was very insufficient and discouraging for the growth of the volunteer movement, and they must admire the tenacity of purpose, the loyalty and patriotism which animated the members of the corps to struggle against obstacles, and to bring themselves in three decades to the position they were in now (cheers); but he did not think it was an exceptional case here. Their comrades in arms all over the length and breadth of Great Britain had undergone the same trial. By sheer determination they had worked through all difficulties that opposed them. The volunteers had been designated by the Duke of Cambridge as one of the main pillars of this great empire (cheers). Now came the transformation. They now stood in and beheld a drill hall replete with every gymnastic apparatus. They were transformed as it were by magic into that hall of such vast and grand proportion. They would naturally ask how that hall had been brought about, and who originated the idea. It was his proud privilege to tell them that it was the commandant of the chief officers of the forces there assembled - (cheers) - associated with whom were certain gentlemen of the town who had come forward and had substantially shown the interest they took in the maintainance, progress, and development of the volunteer movement in the town. He hoped the hall would be the means of strengthening the volunteers, and that they would prosper to the same extent in the course of the next three decades as they have done in the past three decades (cheers).

On behalf of the corps, Sir Llewelyn Turner presented two illuminated addresses, beautifully executed by Mr. J. A. Vaughan, - one to Major W. Paynter, on the ocassion of his retirement from the corps after thirty-two years' service, and the other to Lieutenant-Colonel Owen Thomas (who was represented by Lieutenant Hardman), as a mark of esteem in which he was held upon completing twenty-eight years connection with the corps. Sir Llewelyn Turner, in the course of the remarks which he made respecting the Volunteer movement, implored his audience for God's sake and their own and that of their country, to remember that they were all one country - England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales - and that they serve under one flag, which was the glorious Union Jack of Great Britain (applause). It was infinitely better for Welshmen to glory in that in which they had taken part with other nations than to go back to foolish things like Morfa Rhuddlan and other apocryphal stories of that kind (cheers).

Major Paynter suitably returned thanks and said he hoped he should be able for a long time to associate himself with the battalion with which he had had the honour to be connected (cheers).

Lieutenant Hardman also read a letter from Lieutenant-Colonel Owen Thomas.

Sir Llewelyn Turner said he regretted exceedingly the absence of Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas, and especially the cause, as he was confined to his bed. Sir Llewelyn Turner also referred to the energetic efforts of Major Rees.

The proceedings then terminated.

In the evening, under the presidency of his Worship the Mayor of Carnarvon (Mr. J. Issard Davies), a grand display of physical skill was given by the champion team from the Liverpool Gymnasium (winners of the 200 Guinea Challenge Shield of the National Physical Recreation Society), consisting of Messrs. D. Templeton, P. Cookson, F. A. Steele, G. S. Jones, (of the National Champion Eight of 1890 and 1891), C. A. Lunn, J. Mason, J. Standovell (of the National Champion Eight of 1891), G. A. Corkhill, J. Harrison, F. G. Harvey, and J. Singleton. In the course of his address, the Chairman referred to the strenuous efforts made by Major Rees to supply not only the Volunteer corps with gymnastic appliances, but also, to a certain extent, the public. He also praised the champion team for their voluntary services that evening. The programme consisted of the following events:- Dumb-bell exercises (with musical accompaniment), parallel bar exercises, high jumping, horizontal bar exercises, bar-bell exercises (with musical accompaniment), rings, Indian club exercises (with musical accompaniment), vaulting horse, rope climbing, running maze. Undoubtedly this performance was the best of its kind ever seen in Carnarvon. Owing to the absence of the director (Mr. A. Alexander, F.R.G.S.), the lead was taken by Mr. G. S. Jones. Musical accompaniment on the piano was rendered by Mr. H. Asplet. The performance was well patronised. The National Anthem by the band of the battalion brought the proceedings to a close.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: July 3rd. 1891.


From an advertisement in another column, it will be seen that Ginnett's Olympia hippodrome and circus will give two performances at the Oval on Monday next. The water novelty is the sensation of the season. A varied and most attractive programme will be gone through.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: July 10th. 1891.

The Drych states that Miss Annie Hope and her sister have not enjoyed the best of health since their arrival at New York.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: July 10th. 1891.


The petition submitted to the council calling attention "to the undesirable nuisance due to the position of the locomotive shed of the London and North-Western Railway Company, and suggesting to the council that the railway company should be approached with a view to obtaining its removal to a less objectionable position, without which abatement of the nuisance appeared to them impracticable," and which position gave rise to a discussion last Tuesday evening at the meeting of the council was signed by the following:- Edward Hughes, H. W. Hughes (deceased), David Pierce, Hugh Williams, Cadwaladr Williams, William Lloyd Griffith, Watkin Williams, W. G. Thomas, Robert Newton, J. C. Jones, Aneurin Owen Williams, T. R. Roberts, John Griffith, W. T. Poole, Thomas D. Lloyd, G. B. Thomas, W. H. Holmes, R. B. Turner, J. O. Morris, J. H. Thomas, J. Menzies, H. Edwards.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: July 24th. 1891.

Advert for J. Kelly's hairdressing services. C.D.H. 9th. January, 1891.  K. Morris
Advert for J. Kelly's hairdressing services.
C.D.H. 9th. January, 1891. K. Morris


As we go to press, the commercial prosperity of the port of Carnarvon is trembling in the balance. The Board of Trade are promoting a Bill in Parliament to confirm a provisional order with reference to the rates and charges of the London and North-Western Railway Company. That Bill, if passed, will mean ruin to the slate trade of Carnarvon; for it will make the closing of the Nantlle Quarries inevitable. Many of those quarries are even now handicapped most unfairly by the royalty-grabbing of the Crown Office; but it is to be hoped that the action taken by Mr. Lloyd-George last week will result in the initiation of more sensible management. To ask these quarry proprietors to pay exceptionally heavy railway charges is to put the last straw on the camel's back. It is gratifying to observe that the local members watch the interests of the trade with praiseworthy assiduity. As soon as the scandalous proposal of the Tory Government to crush the small slate quarries and leave the larger proprietors in the position of monopolists was put on the table, Mr. Lloyd George, Mr. Pritchard Morgan, and Mr. Thomas Ellis drafted notices of several pages of amendments. This opposition appears to have taken Sir Michael Hicks-Beach by surprise, and somehow he has been persuaded that it would be wise to be conciliatory. For the conveyance of slates and slabs, it was proposed to charge one farthing per ton per mile more on the North Wales branches than on the Cumberland branches, and one halfpenny more than on other sections of North-Western system. The Board of Trade has been shamed out of this iniquitous proposal; but Mr. Lloyd-George and his colleagues do not intend to give up the struggle until the proposed monstrous terminal charges on Welsh slates - which in Nantlle Vale would amount to more than double the actual cost of maintaining the whole of the stations - shall also have been abandoned. The fight is being waged this (Friday) afternoon; and we hope to announce the result in a portion of this week's issue.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: July 31st. 1891.

Sale at the Golden Goat after the death of Mr. Thomas Williams. C.D.H. 6th. March, 1891.  K. Morris
Sale at the Golden Goat after the death of Mr. Thomas Williams.
C.D.H. 6th. March, 1891. K. Morris


Last week, we called attention to the great danger that threatened the port and district of Carnarvon from the Bill promoted by the Board of Trade to confirm a provisional order whereby the London and North-Western Railway Company would be able to impose much higher rates on its Welsh branches as compared with those of England. The Bill, meantime, met with the most strenuous oppositon from Mr. Lloyd-George, Mr. Thomas E. Ellis, Mr. Pritchard Morgan, Mr. Bryn Roberts, and Mr. Samuel T. Evans, who, after a most determined fight, conducted with conspicious ability, succeeded in inducing Sir M. Hicks-Beach to withdraw the objectionable proposals. The original intention in "Class A" was to charge from 1d. to 2d. per mile on each ton of heavy goods, such as coal, iron ore, and limestone, whilst only one halfpenny per ton was to be the rate on English lines. In "Class B" it was proposed to impose on North Wales penny three farthings per mile for every ton of such heavy goods as slabs and roofing slates, salt, iron, &c., whilst the rate for the quarry district of Cumberland was to be less by a farthing, and that in England generally less by a halfpenny. Moreover, the railway company was to have the advantage of charging for the use of trucks 4d. per ton for distances not exceeding 20 miles, and 6d. and 9d. per ton for distances not exceeding 50 and 75 miles respectively. They further obtained the right to charge a terminal of 3d. per ton at each end, all of which were charges never made before. When this Bill was before the Joint Committee the railway company attempted to justify these exceptional charges on the ground that the traffic was carried over lines which were costly to construct. So far as the London and North-Western Railway Company is concerned, there was never a more unfounded statement made. As a matter of fact, the London and North Western Railway Company acquired the Chester and Holyhead, the Afonwen line, and the Llanberis line, at less than one half of the original cost of making them, and these branches certainly form the most profitable portion of the London and North-Western undertaking. There is not a shadow of justification for the present monstrous proposals. The Bill, as we have said, was blocked with a formidable array of amendments, and the highest praise is due to the member for the Carnarvon Boroughs for the marked ability shown by him in this last very gallant fight against a most iniquitous piece of jobbery. The Lords, on Thursday, sought to reimpose the exceptional rates on the carriage of slate - presumably in the interest of the larger quarries - but the amendment was rejected by 19 to 16 votes. They did succeed however, in reimposing the exceptional and unequal rates in "Class A," viz., on the carriage of coal, lime, &c.; and in both divisions the Prime Minister's vote went dead against the industrial interests of North Wales, and in favour of conferring a virtual monopoly on the large quarry-owners. North Wales is bound to feel acutely from this gross unfairness which the Lords have thus deliberately meted out to her. It goes without saying that when the Bill returns to the Commons, the Lords's amendment will be most strenuously opposed. As far as Carnarvon is concerned, the new charge would render it next to impossible to get coal for the quarry districts through that port, because the cost of carriage therefrom will assuredly be crushing. Probably no county possesses such an immense amount of mineral property such as Carnrvonshire, but the minerals are of a class that will not bear a high rate of carriage. Even at present, the cost of getting them to shipping ports is almost prohibitive, and, therefore, the reimposition of these exceptional rates and charges by the House of Lords practically means the non-development of the vast mineral wealth of this county. Are the people of Carnarvon content to abide by this monstrous interference with the prosperity of their town and its surrounding localities without raising the least protest against the iniquity? Apathy and indifference in view of this new burden that a huge monopoly would place upon tradesmen and workmen generally, is certain to bring its own punishment sooner or later. If the Carnarvon people have the least pluck in them, they will instantly call an indignation meeting and let Parliament and the London-North Western Company know what they think of the cruel advantage thus taken of a country helpless in this respect from lack of railway competition.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: August 7th. 1891.


On Monday evening, a little girl from Mountain-street went into a shop in North-pen'rallt, and, it is said, drank some paraffin out of a cup, under the impression that it was milk. The error was discovered immediately, and the child was conveyed to Drs. Williams's surgery in Turf-square, where she was administered some emetic, with the result that she soon came about without any serious consequences.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: August 21st. 1891.


The Marquis of Anglesey, Hon. Col. of the battalion, visited the spacious Victoria Drill Hall, provided for the use of the G. and H. Companies, 2nd. Vol. Batt. Royal Welsh Fusiliers, on Wednesday last, when his lordship expressed himself well pleased with the whole building and especially with the complete arrangement of the interior. The annual inspection of the companies will take place at four o'clock on Saturday week, by Col. Liddell, at which the Hon. Col. the Marquis of Anglesey will be present.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: August 21st. 1891.


An excellent oil painting (from a photograph by Mr. Kingsley) of the late Councillor Thomas Williams, Golden Goat, is exhibited in the shop window of Mr. Hugh Williams, cabinet maker, Eastgate-street. The massive frame alone cost 5.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: August 28th. 1891.


Our correspondent "W.D.E." writes to us as follows:- "Last week a piece of 'First Brass' coin was found in a field called Caecross, at the old Segontium, in this town, which bears on one side an effigy of a man wearing a warrior's cap, with the face looking towards the left, and encircled by a garland of leaves. On the reverse side, in German text, are the letters 'P.M.Co.' surrounded by the words 'Anglesey, London, and Liverpool.' On the outside rim are the following words 'Payable in Anglesey, London, and Liverpool.' This proves, in the opinion of our correspondent, that the Welsh princes possessed coins as well as the Romans and the Saxons. In this same field also, there is to be found an ancient altar, which is now covered with earth. The removal of this earth, and a pathway made leading to this spot, would be a source of great interest to antiquarians and visitors who might pay a visit to this neighbourhood."

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: October 9th. 1891.


During a severe gale on Thursday evening, the new fire escape which had been placed temporarily in Castle-square, was slightly damaged, owing to the collapse of two wooden pillars. The escape was afterwards removed to a more sheltered spot.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: November 13th. 1891.


Messrs. Morris and Davies, of the Nelson Emporium, have taken over the business of the late Mr. H. W. Hughes, of the Liver Establishment, which was built some 20 years ago by Alderman John Jones, who carried on a flourishing drapery business for five years. He then sold the whole stock to Mr. M. T. Morris, who converted the business from general drapery to tailoring and outfitting. Mr. Morris afterwards retired, and he was succeeded by the late Mr. H. W. Hughes. The high reputation of the present firm needs no letters of recommendation.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: November 20th. 1891.


One of the greatest wonders that have ever appeared in this town was the marvellous production of Edison's phonograph, exhibited at the Guild Hall on Wednesday and Thursday. The Mayor (Mr. John Davies), Mr. D. Thomas, and Mr. J. Evans Jones were the respective chairmen of the entertainments, the proceeds being in aid of the fund for repairing Castle-square Presbyterian Church steeple. Mr. J. Issard Davies (ex-Mayor), who was unable to attend, had sent in a donation of 1. The reproduction of instrumental solos was clear and distinct, whilst the peformance of the Coldstream Guards band was magnificent, and brought forth rounds of applause. Mr. S. W. Parnham sang two or three songs, and they were immediately reproduced to the immense delight of the audience. A Welsh hymn, "Mae 'nghyfeillion wedi myned," was faithfully reproduced. "Mr. Phonograph," like many other "foreigners," was almost choked in his endeavour to reproduce Councillor J. R. Pritchard's Welsh speech, and the word "Rhosllannerchrugog" quite stuck in his throat. However, he came out victorious in all the other Welsh speeches. Amongst those who "spoke to the machine" were the Mayor, Mr. David Thomas, Councillors J. R. Pritchard, M. T. Morris, Messrs. George Owen, J. Evans Jones, Hugh Humphreys, &c., Mr. Sangster, who acts as cicerone to Mr. Phonograph displays an intimate knowledge of the constitution and peculiarities of his novel charge.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: December 11th. 1891.


On Wednesday, at the county magistrates' court, John Pritchard, labourer, Bangor, was charged with stealing ferrets, and also with poaching on Captain Wynn Griffith's land. For the first charge he was sentenced to three months' imprisonment and committed for a month on the second charge, the sentences to run concurrently.

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