18th October 2017

Early Saxon (410 – 655)


The period following the Roman exodus is thought to be one of relative prosperity, as the tax revenues were no longer being paid to Rome and remained in the local economy. However, with a lack [more]

Town Hall, Portmeirion

Emral Hall

The Town Hall – a reconstructed masterpiece. This is one of Sir Clough’s finest buildings, which was completed on the eve of the Second World War. It was claimed by Sir Clough to be the [more]



The village of Hanmer lies at the northern end of Hanmer Mere, part of the ‘Shropshire lake district’ of meres which was formed during the last ice-age. By the time of the Roman invasion (47 AD), the [more]

Philip Maddocks 1816-1906


OBITUARY OF PHILIP MADDOCKS 1816-1906 pp 26-28 Primitive Methodist Minute Book, 1907 Held in the John Rylands University Library, Manchester The Rev. Philip Maddocks was born at Sarn Bridge, in the county of Flint, on [more]


Penley Hall

Penley Hall


Penley Hall. A smallish Georgian mansion set in gardens and shrubberies with walled kitchen garden extending to 2.75 acres, along with a .337 acre pool. The hall itself contained: ground floor – large entrance hall [more]

Penley People – John Pijski Memories


John Pijski was born in Stanisław Górny, not far from Wadowice. He fought with gen. Anders’ Polish 2nd Corps (2nd. Warsaw Armoured Division) alongside the British 8th Army in Italy. Later he served in Germany [more]

Althrey Hall, Bangor On Dee

Bangor On Dee

Althrey Hall, Bangor On Dee. A stunning Grade II* listed Tudor Manor house believed to date back, originally to 1499 and believed to be one of the last surviving Aisle Trussed Halls of Wales, which [more]

The Borders in Ancient Times


In ancient time, the rivers Severn and Dee separated Wales from England; but as a protection in the perpetual border frays, Offa, King of Mercia, made a dyke, which was probably in his time the [more]

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Bettisfield Buddha

Taraloka Buddhist Retreat Centre for Women. The Meditation Room. This Thai representation of Shakyamuni Buddha, two metres tall and hand carved in wood, is situated in the meditaion hall, converted from the granary of Cornhill [more]


Hanmer Parish Paper 1876

January 1876 Testimonial to Rev. F. Slater On the evening of the 20th of November [1875], at the little school-room in Tallarn Green, the Rev. Francis Slater was presented, by the congregation, and a few [more]

Buck Farm

Bomb falls in the meadow at Buck Farm

In an effort to draw German planes away from the heavily populated and strategically important areas of Wrexham, the men of the home guard would make their way to the nearby uninhabited mountains and light [more]