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History, culture and more

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The landscape

 

Pont y Meibion

 

Today's landscape has been fashioned over millenia by the huge forces of geology forming the very substance of the ground and of the elements in eroding and shaping it further.

It's an ongoing process...

More recently the landscape has been tamed and worked by the farming communities and briefly changed by our industrial heritage to leave it in the picturesque fashion in which we now view it.

Chirk Castle

 

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Magnificent medieval fortress of the Welsh Marches

National Trust's Website for the Castle

Started in 1295, Chirk Castle was one of several medieval marcher fortresses sited on the Welsh-English border to keep the Welsh under English rule.
An imposing presence

Offa's Dyke

 

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The formation of England itself can be read into the building of Offa's Dyke - and subsequently the formation of Wales.

Ceiriog Memorial Institute

 

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Opened May 25th 1911 by Lord Davies of Llandinam (then David Davies MP), the Institute was erected by public subscriptions and founded by Sir Alfred T Davies. It was erected as a lasting memorial to the Welsh poet ‘Ceiriog’ and other notable Welshmen connected with the district.
There is also a plaque paying tribute to Sir Thomas Jefferson presented in 1933 by the Consul General of the United States of America.

Poets

 

Craig y Pandy

 

Huw Morus (1662 1709) was an interesting figure, he was born and lived near Pandy, one of the villages in the valley and became the most famous poet in Wales. He took the Bardic name Of Eos Ceiriog, the Nightingale of Ceiriog. There is a memorial to him at the pony trekking stables in Pandy.

The Glyn Valley Tramway

 

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GLYN VALLEY TRAMWAY - HISTORICAL INFORMATION
The Glyn Valley Tramway commenced operations in 1873 and for the first fifteen years of its life was operated by animal power. Horses pulled the trains up the valley from Pontfaen and goods trains running the other way were allowed to descend from Glyn Ceiriog by gravity under the control of a brakesman.

Lloyd George. How he saved the valley from drowning

 
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David Lloyd George was the Prime Minister from 1916 to 1922. He is the only Prime Minister to speak Welsh as his first language. He was a great reformer as under his office two major acts were passed: The Education Act in 1918 raising the School Leaving Age to 14 and in 1920, the Employment for Women, Young Persons & Children Act, prohibiting the employment of children below the compulsory school age. In 1919 he signed the Treaty of Versailles which established the League of Nations.

The Battle of Crogen

 

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From the early Bronze age, mankind has been here. The Romans marched through on their way to conquest and glory. The formation of England itself can be read into the building of Offa's Dyke - and subsequently the formation of Wales. In the Borderlands here there was much to win and lose. Bloody battles were fought here along the Norman Marches and later Medieval power struggles.

World Heritage Site

 

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Chirk is part of the World Heritage site...

Eleven miles of World Heritage on the border of Shropshire and North Wales; the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal (including Chirk Aqueduct near Oswestry and the Horseshoe Falls at Llantysilio, near Llangollen) was awarded official UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 2009. It's an exclusive club that includes world famous sites like the Taj Mahal, the Pyramids, the Great Wall of China and the Ironbridge Gorge.