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A journal of a tour,

  • NLW MS 9854C.
  • File
  • 1793.

A journal of a tour through the counties of Denbigh, Merioneth, Cardigan, and Caernarvon, and the island of Anglesea in 1793. The author lived in Bridgnorth, Salop.

A list of Welsh drawings

  • NLW MS 24017D.
  • File
  • 1795

A list, [September] 1795, by the artist John Malchair of Oxford, of drawings made by him on a tour of north Wales, 22 July-21 August 1785, written on returning to Oxford.
The drawings are described in chronological order, with some additional details and comments on the surroundings, people and weather. The itinerary includes Stinchcombe, Gloucestershire (f. 1), Dinas Mawddwy (f. 2 recto-verso), Barmouth (f. 3) and Harlech (f. 3 recto-verso), Merionethshire, and Beddgelert, Caernarvonshire (f. 3 verso). For a transcript of the list see Colin Harrison, John Malchair of Oxford: Artist and Musician (Oxford, 1998), pp. 150-152.

Malchair, John, 1730-1812.

A tour of North Wales,

  • NLW MS 10566D.
  • File
  • c. 1850.

An account of a tour of North Wales, about 1850, with steel engravings, lithographs, and press cuttings bound up in a quarto album. The manuscript account runs from Chester via Gresford, Wrexham, Ruabon, Llangollen, Chirk, Oswestry, Welshpool, Llanidloes, Llangurig, Devil's Bridge, Aberystwyth, Machynlleth, Dolgelley, Barmouth, Harlech, Tremadoc, Beddgelert, Capel Curig, Llanberis, Caernarvon, Beaumaris, Conway, St. Asaph, Caerwys, Holywell, Flint, and Northop to Hawarden. The tourists included a Mr. and Mrs. Stamp.

A tour of the Lake District and of North Wales,

  • NLW MS 12523C.
  • File
  • 1870.

A diary of a tour of the Lake District and of North Wales undertaken in August 1870. The identity of the travellers has not been ascertained, but it would appear that they resided in the vicinity of Wolverhampton. The North Wales journey commenced at Llandudno and led the party via Llanwrst [sic], Bettws y Coed, Capel Curig, Llanberis, Beth Gelert, the Aberglaslyn pass, Tan y Bwlch, Festiniog, Port Madoc, Barmouth and Dolgelly to Bala, whence they returned to Wolverhampton. Amongst the activities more specifically described are ascents of Snowdon and Caeder [Cader] Idris, and a visit to the gold mining works in the vicinity of Dolgelly. The volume is illustrated with engraved views and photographs.

A tour through North Wales

  • NLW MS 23939B.
  • File
  • [?1824], [?1852]

A volume, [?1824], containing a fair copy of a journal of a tour of North Wales, 1 July-11 August 1824, by John George Lockett, describing the scenery and other points of interest, the weather, people, and the state of the inns and roads.
Lockett travelled by carriage in the company of his wife [Eleanor] and son [John George] Edmund Lockett. Departing from London on 1 July, they travelled via Warwick, Birmingham, Shrewsbury and Oswestry, reaching Wales on 11 July (ff. 2-8). In Wales the itinerary included Chirk, Llangollen, Wrexham, Denbigh, Ruthin, Llanrwst, Conwy, Bangor, Holyhead, Beaumaris, Capel Curig, Beddgelert, Caernarfon, Tremadog, Ffestiniog, Bala, Dolgellau, Barmouth, Machynlleth, Llanbrynmair, Newtown and Leominster (ff. 8-42 verso). The volume contains descriptions of the castles at Warwick (ff. 3 verso-5), Conwy (ff. 18-19), Beaumaris (f. 23 recto-verso) and Caernarfon (ff. 27 verso-28); the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct (ff. 9 recto-verso, 11); the partially constructed suspension bridges at Conwy (f. 19) and on the Menai Straits (f. 21 recto-verso); and the [Cob] embankment at Traeth Mawr (ff. 29-30 verso). Also included is a partial transcript, [?1852], in a different hand, of an account of a serious illness suffered by J[ohn] T[owne] Danson in July 1852 (ff. 73 verso-79 verso (versos only), 80, 81, inverted text); Danson had married Ann Eleanor, daughter of J. G. Edmund Lockett, in April 1852.

Lockett, John George, d. 1825.

Account of North Wales,

  • NLW MSS 22162-5D.
  • File
  • 1971-1978 /

Original typescript, 1971-1978, with manuscript additions, of 'The English Curiosity Man in North Wales', an historical and topographical account of North Wales by Peter Alford, illustrated with photographs, based on the author's field trips in the area, 1966-1975. Fifteen articles based on the work were published in Country Quest, May 1976-November 1978.

Alford, C. Peter, Bristol.

An excursion to North Wales and Chester

  • NLW MS 24197B.
  • File
  • 1829

A manuscript account of an excursion to North Wales and Cheshire, 3-[6] September 1829, by Elizabeth Bower, [of Broxholme House, Doncaster], travelling with her husband John Seddon Bower (f. 1-19).
The couple left Crosby on 3 September and boarded the Prince Llewelyn steam packet at Liverpool (f. 1 verso), sailing along the North Wales coast (ff. 2-5) to Beaumaris (ff. 5-6 verso). They crossed the Menai Bridge (ff. 7-9) and proceeded to Bangor (ff. 9-10 verso), Conway (ff. 12-13 verso) and Chester (ff. 14 verso-18), returning to Liverpool and then Crosby on the [6] September (f. 19). Included are descriptions of Penrhyn Castle, Bangor (f. 11 recto-verso), and Eaton Hall, Chester (ff. 16-18).

Bower, Elizabeth, 1785-1858

Cycling tours of England and Wales

  • NLW MS 24113E.
  • File
  • 1916-1918

Journal of an unidentified writer from Edmonton, North London, recording several cycling tours in south-east England and north Wales, 1916-1918 (ff. 1-27), in particular a tour, entitled 'A Sentimental Journey... to Wales... 1918. The Diary of the Pilgrim of Love', 6-20 July 1918 (ff. 10-27), in which he retraced the route of a tour the previous year (see also ff. 3 verso-4 verso), in the unrealised hope of seeing again his first love Hilda. The journals were written retrospectively based on contemporaneous notes.
Commencing from London and travelling via Shrewsbury (ff. 12 verso-13), the Welsh itinerary included Pentrefoelas, Denbighshire (f. 14 recto-verso), Harlech (ff. 15 verso-19), Betws-y-Coed (f. 21 recto-verso), Conwy (f. 22), Caernarfon (ff. 22 verso-23), Betws-y-Coed again (f. 24 recto-verso), Rhyl (f. 25 recto-verso) and Chester (ff. 25 verso-26). Also included in the volume are accounts of earlier excursions, including tours of East Anglia, 1917 (f. 2 recto-verso, beginning lacking), and Hampshire, Sussex and Surrey, Easter 1918 (ff. 6-7), and journeys to Reading, Berkshire, [11]-[12] May 1918 (ff. 7 verso-8 verso), and Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, [18-20 May] 1918 (f. 9 recto-verso). A few sketches and fragments of prose are to be found at the end of the volume (ff. 108 verso (inverted text), 109 verso). The volume also contains transcripts of poetry, some by the author (ff. 4 verso-5, 10, 13, 17-18, 109 verso). The text is supplemented by fifty-two of the author's own photographs (ff. 3, 7-27 passim), cuttings of twenty-four Frank Patterson illustrations for the magazine Cycling (ff. 1 verso-7 passim, 10 verso-11 verso, 20-25 verso passim) and other cuttings. The writer was born in 1898 (f. 7 verso) and was of conscription age but had received temporary exemption from enlistment (see f. 3).

Patterson, Frank, 1871-1952

Glynne of Hawarden estate records

  • GB 0210 GLYNNE
  • Fonds
  • 1304-1899

Estate records, including deeds and documents, 1304-1887, relating to the estates of the Glynnes in Flintshire and elsewhere. The first three centuries covered by the deeds relate largely to the Ravenscroft family, their property, and their legal transactions. A large body of the documents relate to the period when Sir John Glynne, 6th bart., was the occupier of the estate. Other estate records include accounts, rentals, estate, household, and personal accounts, inventories, election expenses, colliery accounts, lists of charities distributed, estate maps, plans, surveys, bills, vouchers, etc., 1690-1872, including rentals of the lordship of Hawarden, 1686-1886. -- Amongst the personal papers are the diaries and account books of Sir John Glynne, 1753-1757, the diaries of the Rev. Stephen Glynne, 1798-1824, Mary Glynne, afterwards Lady Lyttelton, 1824-1831, Stephen Richard Glynne, 1825-1874, and W. H. Gladstone whilst at Eton College, 1856-1857; travel journals through North Wales, 1824, South Wales, 1824, Scotland, 1839, Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Switzerland, Belguim, Greece and Austria, 1834-1866, Turkey, 1848, Egypt, 1850, and Palestine, 1850. -- The archive also includes election papers such as lists of voters, canvass returns, accounts, relating to Flintshire elections, 1727-1837, letters written by and to members of the Glynne family and to Gladstone; notes on history, genealogy and ecclesiology; ships' log-books, 1727-1730 and 1734-1739. -- A separate group of legal papers which belonged to a lawyer named Dovey, relate mainly to bankrupts, and their immediate relevance to the Glynne family is not very obvious.

Glynne family, of Hawarden

Journal of a tour

  • NLW MS 24034B.
  • File
  • 1848

Journal of a tour of North Wales and the North of England, 11 July-8 August 1848, by the sisters E[lizabeth] and Jane Weston of Brixworth, Northamptonshire, and their nephew R[obert] Henry Hewitt of Dodford, Northamptonshire (ff. 1-22 verso). The volume is mostly in the hand of Elizabeth, except for a single entry by Henry (ff. 16 verso-17 verso) and possibly Jane (ff. 4 verso-5).
The Welsh itinerary included Conwy (ff. 1-2), Caernarfon (ff. 4-8), [Llan] Ffestiniog (ff. 9-12 verso), Llanberis (ff. 13-14 verso) and Caernarfon (ff. 14 verso-15). The group's excursions included visits to Anglesey (f. 2 verso), Llanddwyn Island (ff. 5-6), a Nantlle slate quarry (ff. 6 verso-7 verso), and Blaenau Ffestiniog (ff. 11-12) as well as to the various castles (ff. 1 verso-2, 2 verso, 5, 14 verso), waterfalls (ff. 9-10, 12) and other sights. In Llanberis they visited the grave of the Rev. Henry Wellington Starr of Northampton, who died on Snowdon in 1846 (f. 14). They subsequently went by ship to Liverpool (ff. 15-16 verso), and by train to Scarborough (ff. 16 verso-21), finally returning, via York (ff. 21-22), home to Northamptonshire. Items loose within the volume have been tipped in; these comprise a transcript, by Elizabeth Weston, of the inscription on the gravestone of the Rev. Starr (f. 24), a printed obituary relating to Daventry, 1863 (f. 25), and a printed hymn, 1864 (f. 26).

Weston, Elizabeth, 1794 or 5-1878.

Journal of a tour in North Wales, etc.,

  • NLW MS 12651B.
  • File
  • 1799 /

A journal [in the hand of Sir Robert Ker Porter, painter and traveller], of a tour of parts of North Wales, Cheshire, and Derbyshire, undertaken by the writer and his companion, Thomas Underwood, July - August 1799. The travellers, commencing their journey at Shrewsbury, visited or passed through Welsh Pool, Cans Office, Mallwyd, Dinas Mowddy, Dolgelly, Barmouth, Harlech, Manturogg, Bethkelert (with an ascent of Snowdon), Cearnarfon, Llanberris, Capel kerrig, Aber, Conway, Llanrwst, Denbigh, Northorpe, Haywarden, Chester, Northwich, Macclesfield, Buxton, Tiddswell, Castleton, Matlock, and Derby, whence the writer returned to London. En route, between Castleton and Derby, the travellers visited Chatsworth, Haddon Hall, and Kiddstone House. At the end of the account of the tour is a character sketch of the Welsh people, and, at the reverse end of the volume, observations on the various inns at which the travellers stayed. The volume contains some four pencil sketches of unnamed persons.

Porter, Robert Ker, Sir, 1777-1842.

Journal of a tour through North Wales

  • NLW MS 16630B.
  • File
  • 1819

Journal of a tour, July-November 1819, by a Mr and Mrs Woolrych, commencing in Redhill, [?Surrey], and proceeding into Wales where they visited parts of Denbighshire, Merioneth, Caernarvonshire, Anglesey, Cardiganshire, Radnorshire and (briefly) Monmouthshire.
Included in the itinerary were Worcester and Great Malvern (pp. 2-23), Shrewsbury (pp. 25-43), Snowdonia (pp. 47-112 passim), Bangor (pp. 50-53, 57-60), Anglesey (pp. 64-72, 79), Caernarfon (pp. 82-89), Dolgellau (pp. 120-151), Barmouth (pp. 151-160), Aberystwyth (pp. 165-174), and Hereford (pp. 178-187). The writers of the journal are possibly Humphry William and Penelope Woolrych of Hertfordshire.

Woolrych, Humphry W. (Humphry William), 1795-1871.

Journal of a tour through Wales

  • NLW MS 23976B.
  • File
  • 1791

A journal of a tour of parts of England and North and West Wales, July-August 1791, containing descriptions of towns, castles, inns and scenery and of incidents along the way.
The unnamed author, possibly a member of the Wilson family of Broomhead, Sheffield (based on contextual materials filed seperately), travelled with two companions, starting from Cambridge on 11 July 1791. The English itinerary included Oxford, Birmingham, Coalbrookdale and Shrewsbury (ff. 1-8, rectos only). In Wales they visited Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant, Llangollen, Bala, Conwy, Bangor, Caernarfon, Beddgelert, Dolgellau, Machynlleth, Aberystwyth, Devil's Bridge, Cardigan and Carmarthen (ff. 9-25, rectos only, 24 verso). The journal includes an eyewitness account of the Priestley Riots in Birmingham on 14 July (ff. 6-7), and of an altercation between [?Richard Tavistock] Price and three apothecaries in Bala, 21 July (f. 12). A recurring theme is their difficulty in hiring appropriate transport from various landlords (ff. 19, 20, 25). The volume includes three pencil sketches of scenery (ff. 26 verso, 27 verso, 28 verso) and rough accounts (f. 29 verso, inside back cover, front and back covers). The bill, [16] July 1791, for their stay at the Tontine Inn, opposite the Iron Bridge, Coalbrookdale, has been tipped in on f. 26.

Journal of a tour,

  • NLW MS 12044B.
  • File
  • 1853 /

An illustrated 'Journal of a very short Walking Tour in North Wales', 23 July-1 August 1853, by Walker Baily, Champion Park, Denmark Hill, London. The tour comprised Shrewsbury, Llangollen, Valle Crucis Abbey, Corwen, Cerrig-y-Druidion, Bettwys[sic]-y-Coed, Llanrwst, Conway, Bangor, Carnarvon, Llanberis, Pen-y-Gwryd, and Chester. The illustrations, largely in the form of mounted line engravings, are of Chirk Aqueduct and Viaduct; Dee Viaduct, Shrewsbury and Chester Railway; Llangollen Bridge; Llangollen and Bridge; Phillips's Hand Hotel and Posting House, Llangollen; Valle Crucis Abbey; Pont-y-Glyn, Cerrig-y-Druidion; Conway Falls; Bettws-y-Coed and Pont-y-Pair; Waterfall of the Swallow [Betws-y-Coed]; Llanrwst Bridge; Chapel in Gwydir Woods; Vale of Llanrwst; Great Ormes Head; Conway Tubular Bridge and Castle; Conway Town, Castle, and Tube; Penmaen Mawr, Aber; Penrhyn Castle; British Hotel, Bangor; Bangor; Bangor Cathedral Church; Menai Suspension Bridge; Britannia Tubular and Menai Suspension Bridges; The Britannia Tubular Bridge-Entrance from the Bangor side; Nant Francon; Fall of the Ogwen, Nant Francon; Welsh Costumes (2); Market Scene, North Wales; Castle Square, Carnarvon; Eagle Tower, Carnarvon Castle; W. Mathew [Hotel], At the foot of Snowdon; Llanberis Lakes and Dolbadarn Castle; The Summit of Snowdon from the Llanberis Ascent; Capel Curig; Beddgelert (2); Pont Aberglaslyn; Tremadoc; Caenant [Ceunant] Mawr, near Llanberis; Rhyl; View from Llangollen Bridge; Swallow Waterfall; Snowdon from Capel Curig Hotel; Snowdon and Llanberis Lakes; and Llanberis and Snowdon. The text also includes a list of the writer's daily expenses, and a few original vignettes and pictorial and decorative capital letters. At the end are two road maps entitled respectively 'River Wye (Ross to Monmouth)' and 'River Wye (Monmouth to Chepstow)' and a printed folded map of North Wales. The letters 'W. B.' are inscribed in gold on the upper cover.

Baily, Walker

Letters from Llangollen,

  • NLW MS 16722D.
  • File
  • 1863 /

A volume, 1863, entitled Letters from Llangollen and based on a series of nineteen letters describing a tour in North Wales and which were published in the Sheffield Daily Telegraph in September 1863. Cuttings from the paper are interspersed with illustrative prints (mainly of churches, castles and other edifices in Wales and England), a few cuttings from other sources, and additional manuscript notes apparently by the author, John Holland.
There are references to the 'Ladies of Llangollen' (ff. 19-22), Dinas Brân (ff. 23-25 verso) and other local features of Llangollen. Pasted onto f. 38 is an envelope, postmarked at Sheffield, 12 September 1863, and addressed to John Holland at Upper Bangor, together with a photograph presumably originally enclosed in the envelope and which probably depicts Holland's correspondent.

Holland, John, 1794-1872.

Letters of William Pamplin,

  • NLW MS 23304D.
  • File
  • 1854-1855, 1899, 1937 /

Seven letters, 1854, from the botanist William Pamplin (1806-99), later of Llandderfel, to his first wife Caroline (née Hunneman), while he was on a walking tour of North Wales with his friend Alexander Irvine (1793-1873), together with botanical notes, 1855, by Pamplin; also included are printed articles, 1899 and 1937, relating to him.

Pamplin, William, 1806-1899.

Letters to Michael Jones,

  • NLW MS 16103D.
  • File
  • 1824-1903.

Fourteen letters, 1833-1852, all of which appear to be addressed to Michael Jones, Independent minister and first principal of Bala Independent College. The contents of the letters are mainly of an administrative and denominational nature.
The letters contain references to the apprenticeship of pupils at Bala School (ff. 1, 7, 9), the Independent cause at Corwen (ff. 10, 13), Hen Gapel, Llanuwchllyn (f. 20), and discussions regarding the establishment of a preparatory academy at Abergele (ff. 17-18). Also included is a draft reply in the hand of Michael Jones (f. 18 verso), and various letters and papers, 1824-1903, including a printed elegy to the Reverend Henry Rees, Liverpool, by 'Hiraethog Mon', 1869 (f. 31), and a description of a 'Driving tour of W. N. Rigbey & family through part of North Wales', 1883 (ff. 36-9).

Jones, Michael, 1787-1853

Lord Lyttleton's Journey through Part of Wales

  • NLW MS 15409B.
  • File
  • [18 cent, last ¼]

A booklet containing transcripts, [18 cent, last ¼], of two letters, dated 6 July 1755 [sic] at Bryn Kyr [Brynkir], Caernarvonshire (ff. 1-10), and 14 July 1755 [sic] at Shrewsury (ff. 10 verso-16), from George Lyttelton, 1st Baron Lyttelton, ostensibly to his brother [Charles], describing a tour through parts of Shropshire and North Wales.
The text, with some differences, was published in The Works of George Lord Lyttelton…, pub. by George Edward Ayscough, Esq. (London: printed for J. Dodsley, in Pall-Mall, 1774, ESTC T79264), pp. 736-751; in print, however, the letters are addressed to 'Mr [Archibald] Bower' and are dated 1756.

Lyttelton, Charles, 1714-1768

Observations upon the picturesque scenery of North Wales

  • NLW MS 24199C.
  • File
  • [late 1790s]

Travel journal, [late 1790s] (watermark 1796), of Richard Cust [stationer and gentleman naturalist, of Westminster and Carlisle], containing his 'Observations on the Picturesque Scenery of North Wales in the Autumn of the year 1783' (ff. 7-73 passim), together with thirteen monochrome wash watercolours of landscapes viewed (ff. 15, 16, 23, 25, 26, 28, 35, 41, 42, 46, 47, 49, 50). The journal primarily describes Cust's impressions of the scenery in terms of the ideals of the picturesque and the sublime; the entries are undated.
As explained in the introductory section (ff. 2-5) the Observations were transcribed by Cust from his original 1783 travel journal, with the illustrations being based on brief sketches. Cust and his unnamed companion(s) travelled by coach from London (f.7) to Llangollen (ff. 8 verso-9), then via Conwy (f. 10) and Bangor (f. 13) to Anglesey (ff. 13 verso-17 verso) and Caernarfon (ff. 19 recto-verso, 22 recto-verso). From there they went on excursions up Snowdon (ff. 24-34 passim) and to [Aberglaslyn] (ff. 34 recto-verso, 37-38) and Llanbenys [Llanberis] (ff. 39-40 verso, 43 recto-verso, 44 verso-51 passim, 54-55 verso), before returning to Conwy (ff. 57 recto-verso, 59-61 verso) and Llangollen (ff. 64-65 verso, 68-69, 70 verso, 72-73). There are descriptions of the castles at Caernarfon (ff. 19 recto-verso, 22 recto-verso), Dolbadarn (ff. 40 verso, 43, 55) and Conwy (ff. 57 recto-verso, 59-60); four of the watercolours also depict Dolbadarn Castle (ff. 41, 42, 46, 47), the others are mostly views of mountains and rocky outcrops. The narrative is incomplete and breaks off after a description of the River Dee at Llangollen (f. 73); additionally, eleven pages have been left blank to provide space for further illustrations (ff. 20, 21, 29, 32, 36, 53, 56, 58, 66, 67, 71, usually with indicative captions written in pencil on the otherwise blank versos).

Cust, Richard, 1754-1844

Sketch of a short tour into north Wales in July 1791

  • NLW MS 24019B.
  • File
  • [c. 1803]

A volume containing a copy, [c. 1803] (watermark 1801), of a sketch of a tour of north Wales, as well as parts of England, undertaken on 7-30 July 1791, containing descriptions of places visited with particular emphasis on the state of the inns and the roads.
The sketch was written by an individual identified only as 'A.B.', travelling on horseback with his companion 'W.D.' (p. 1). Beginning in London, the journey to Wales took in Worcester, Bridgnorth, Coalbrookdale and Shrewsbury (pp. 2-24). In Wales their itinerary included Welshpool, Llangollen, Llanrwst, Conwy, Caernarfon, Beddgelert, Harlech, Barmouth, Dolgellau, Tywyn, Aberystwyth, Machynlleth, Newtown and Montgomery (pp. 24-76). They returned to London via Ludlow, Hereford and Gloucester (pp. 76-90). The volume includes accounts of the industrial works at Coalbrookdale and Ironbridge (pp. 13-18), the House of Industry [workhouse] at Shrewsbury (pp. 20-24), Castell Dinas Bran, Llangollen (pp. 30-31), Cernioge Mawr, Denbighshire (pp. 32-34), Aber[gwyngregyn], Caernarfonshire (pp. 39-45), the dilapidated state of Harlech and its castle (pp. 56-60), and Tal-y-llyn, Merioneth (pp. 67-69).

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