Friday, 1 October 2010

An Autumn Trip Around Trelawnyd

 The change from Summer to Autumn is almost palpable and today the village is shrouded in mist and rain as the fields seemed to have changed from deep green to a slight muddy brown.
When out walking this morning I decided to "snap" a flavour of Trelawnyd as winter approaches, and got bloody wet for my sins!.I also effectively Superglued my right foot inside my wellington as I put on the boot after "fixing" a hole in the upper by filling in with too much adhesive!
After some painful pulling and grunting ( and NO farting) I managed to free myself from just a little bit of skin.

Anyhow the following photos are literally a brief snapshot of Trelawnyd on a somewhat wet and sleepy Friday morning 
This is the view from the Gop overlooking the Northern part of the village. Trelawnyd nestles in the Gop's shadow and occupies the Head of a small valley which drops down towards the flood plain and eventually the sea. Trelawnyd is around 600 feet above sea level 
The below photo is the main village proper

 Trelawnyd School was completed in 1860...apparently the children would be reprimanded and punished if they spoke Welsh on the school premises and in the school log book on the 19th of January 1866 actually documented this fact. At the end of the First World War, the school bell was rung that loudly that eventually the bell rope snapped! 
 The Church of St Michael and All Saints seems to have not changed at all when compared to old photos from the late 1800's. Hughie and Ivy, the Guinea fowl can be seen picking pests out of the newly cut grass.
 Well street leads down to the Village Pond ,the site of the old public well and the Still House, which is one of the oldest houses in the village dating from the 1700's. The Still house had, is was said,two springs which rose in the cellar, and was known as a beer making house.
 London Road, showing the old cottages that line the street, and the old post office.. The house just out of shot to the right used to be the Central stores and Cafe at the turn of the century. In the rear of the shop ( down well street) there used to be a bakehouse where the villagers used to bring their own bread to be baked for a penny. Down well street there is a small cottage which is called "Baker's cottage"
At the end of the road, you can just make out the sturdy chimney stack of the village pub The Crown
 This shot is of the stone cottages up High Street. These were known as lower Bonc terrace.The impressive stone houses to the left of the photo is the former "Plas yn Dre", This was a former grammar school set up by a John Wynne in the late 1600's
 This is a shot of the High Street from the the top. Plas Yn Dre and Bonc terrace are situated beyond the hedge of Bryn Hyfryd farmhouse
 Down Chapel street is the Ebenezer Congregational Chapel. It used to be a market Hall in the 17th Century and was converted into a chapel in 1701 
Behind the Chapel used to be located a row of terraced cottages long since gone now. In their place is a series of gardens and allotments. This allotment is run by friends Sandra and Rob, and makes mine look rather amateur and scruffy
And finally I had to photograph the Village Memorial Hall. The Hall was built by the Greek Consul of Liverpool, a Mr M.A.Ralli, who lived in Mia Hall (Just North of the Village) Today the hall is the centre of Village activity as it houses the friendship club, Community Council meetings, youth club, and bingo. It is also hired out to the likes of the Flower Show committee, the Village Male voice Choir (they rehearse here every week) and even for strange animal mad villagers who run "how to look after chicken" courses


  1. John, what a beautiful place to call home. It looks exactly how I picture it. Thanks for giving us the village tour.
    Amy ~:>-

  2. You are a very lucky man, to live in such a beautiful place, John. What a treasure trove of history, as well as beauty.

  3. It is so beautiful and charming there. All that history. And those buildings! They sure knew how to build them to last way back when. Looking at the pictures it wouldn't have surprised me to see a horse and cart on one of the streets. You do live in a little piece of heaven. Wow!

  4. Looks very British. Exactly what I always imagine your neck of the woods to look like. Are you and Tracey copying each other? LOL Wouldn't mind a visit to such a lovely place some day. Makes me think of Mary Poppins. De ja vu. Haven't I said that before?

  5. Thanks amy, louise and AJ... randy
    you make me laugh...Mary Poppins indeed... no dancing sweeps here!!!

  6. Hi John,
    Thanks for poppin' by my blog! Love yours! Your photos are amazing!
    BTW, you are soooo lucky to live in such a beautiful place.
    Stop by anytime!

  7. Awesome post, John! I love all the pictures and history! What a great place, I can see why you are so taken with it! Thanks so much!

  8. Oh John what a beautiful and charming village! Im so glad you took some pictures of it so we could see what it's like where you live. I love the narrow streets. Thanks for stopping by today...yep we're twins alright LOL!! I hope you're having a WONDERFUL Friday...enjoy your weekend too.
    Maura :)

  9. No speaking Welsh ? !!! They do now !

  10. Wow, what beautiful buildings and views! Just gorgeous. Thank you for stopping by my blog!

  11. Delightful - I love the Stone House and adjacent Cottages, so Dickensian. We are going the opposite way at present, moving from winter into spring and each day the sun is getting warmer and my yard is getting drier.

  12. Hi John,
    Thank you so much for your kind and funny comments - and for becoming my newest follower. Consider me your newest follower as well:-) By the way, I LOVE your first picture. It is absolutely what fairy tales are made of!

  13. Beautiful. Such a different world than the states. I'm envious and truly hope to visit Europe one day.

  14. Now that puts a lot into perspective John. Must say you live in a very beautiful setting. How it has survived, by the looks of it, unscathed by 'progress' is a blessing, I'd say.

  15. I don't know what else to add John, your home is beautiful and looks like a bit like a place untouched by time--I envy that!

  16. It's beautiful Mary! xxx

  17. Very cool. (Except the part about loosing some of your skin to superglue!) Looks like a lovely little village. A far cry from the hustle and bustle of the city for sure.

    I think I figured our why you never got the pretty little book I sent you for your b-day.I'll email you.

  18. Thank you, John, for a visit to your village. I'm going to come back to your blog and look over the photos several times. It is a beautiful place!

  19. Lovely just lovely!! Thanks for the tour :O).

    Such beautiful buildings, homes etc. you guys have there!

  20. I just loved this village tour! Thank you ever so much. You can't imagine how charming your village looks to my eyes.

  21. And I thought I lived in a beautiful spot. Thank you for the tour. My dreams include visiting Scotland, Wales and Ireland (in that order). I got to visit Scotland about 6 years ago. Maybe someday I can get to Wales.


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