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Castell Dinas Bran (Llangollen, Wales)
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Album of David Parkes,

An album containing water-colour drawings, with descriptive notes, compiled by David Parkes, Shrewsbury, during the period 1808- 1831. The subjects include Llandderfel Church, Corwen Church, Plas Newydd [Llangollen], Llangollen Church, Pillar of Eliseg, Valle Crucis Abbey, Castell Dinas Brin, Nerquis Chapel, Nerquis House, and Llandrinio Church.

David Parkes.

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 BrĂ¢n (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.

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).