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Five did-you-knows about Denbighshire!


The old county of Denbighshire, from its industrial and mining villages in the east to its stunning landscape to the west, is full of surprises - and many are uncovered in Geoffrey Daviesí latest book! The sixth in his ĎVillagesí series, Denbighshire Villages is a treasure chest of fascinating characters and legends waiting to spill out. To celebrate its launch, here are five favourite Denbighshire facts to spark your imagination:


1. Fans of the television series Cadfael, starring Derek Jacobi and based on the novels by Ellis Peters, might want to visit the pretty little village of Gwytherin, five miles east of Llanrwst. It was the setting for A Morbid Taste for Bones, the first in The Cadfael Chronicles series and based on a true story!

2. David Beckham is possibly Llanrhaeadr ym Mochnantís most famous visitor to date, having popped in - landing in a helicopter - earlier this month. He visited the waterfall of Pistyll Rhaeadr, labelling it as Ďridiculously beautifulí, and we have to agree! At 240ft itís one of the highest single-drop waterfalls in Britain and heralded as one of the seven wonders of Wales. Llanrhaeadr was historically in the old county of Denbighshire, although boundary changes now place it in Powys.

3. On the road a mile south of Llansilin, near Oswestry, is a small hill that was once the home of Welsh rebel ruler Owain Glyndŵr. Sycharth Castle was a fine moated mansion with tiled and chimneyed roofs, a deer park, heronry, fishpond and mill - but, today, thereís not even a sign highlighting its location.

4. Kimnel Park, in the parish of Llansaint Sior, near Abergele, is the largest surviving country house in Wales. In 1919, the grounds were home to 15,000 Canadian troops waiting to return home. When news broke that another division was to be given priority, a riot broke out on March 4-5, resulting in the deaths of three Canadian rioters and two guards.

 5. Plas yn I‚l outside the little village of Bryneglwys, five miles north-west of Llangollen, was the home of Elihu Yale, the Governor of Fort St George, Madras, in the late 17th century. He amassed a fortune largely through unofficial deals with Indian merchants and in 1718 sent 417 books, a portrait of King George and goods to the value of £800 to help with the building of the Collegiate School of Connecticut - now known worldwide as Yale College after being renamed in recognition of its benefactor. Yale was buried at St Gilesí Churchyard, Wrexham, and a replica of the church tower was built on Yale campus!

 Born and educated in Glamorgan, Geoffrey Davies returned to Wales on his retirement and became intrigued by the countryís wealth of half-forgotten history and sheer beauty. Other books in his series include Pembrokeshire Villages and West Glamorgan Villages.

Created On  26 Sep 2017 15:42  -  Permalink


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