First published in London by Methuen & Co., in 1903 and republished here is Sabine Baring-Gould's A Book of North Wales. Initially issued as a companion to series of books that included A Book of Dartmoor, A Book of the West, A Book of Brittany and A Book of Exmoor, this publication was intended for an English readership who often puzzled over Welsh history and according to the author 'without a knowledge of the history of the country in which one travels more than half the interest is lost'.
The author, the Reverend Sabine Baring-Gould (1934-1924) was an eclectic English scholar, hagiographer and antiquarian, who by the time of his death could boast of more than 1,200 separate publications. Born in Exeter, Sabine's father was a member of the Baring family of bankers and spent much of his time travelling around Europe. As a consequence much of the child's early education was given by private tutors. Graduating from Cambridge with the degrees of BA and MA in 1864 he was appointed curate of Horbury Bridge in Yorkshire. He married Grace, a mill hands daughter, a marriage that was to last for forty-eight years and produce fifteen children. Inheriting the 3,000 acre family estate of Lew Trenchard in North Devon in 1880 and when the living of the parish of Lew Trenchard became vacant the following year he appointed himself parson
Baring-Gould regarded his collection of folk songs principally from the west country as his greatest achievement and many of these were brought to publication for a mass audience with the addition of music by Henry Fleetwood Sheppard and Frederick Bussell. Apart from his passion for folk song, Baring-Gould was also a an author on many facets of folklore, including werewolves. His publication, the Book of Were-Wolves (1865) remains one of the most frequently cited on the subject. Sabine Baring-Gould will also be remembered as the author of the popular hymns Onward Christian Soldiers and Now the Day is Over.
Sabine Baring-Gould's A Book of North Wales fit very well with his major passions that of folk song and folklore and he found much in Wales to kindle these passions. Containing sixteen chapters the reader is introduced to the 'Welsh People' and their nation as the start of the English conquest. From here Baring-Gould travails through Anglesey, Holyhead, Bangor, Snowdon, Lleyn and Conway before ending at Machynlleth, the chapter for which is introduced with a photograph of Owen Glyndwr's house. Each chapter is illustrated with folklore, stories, songs, anecdotes and many illustrations, the majority of which are photographs by Valentine & Sons and Frith & Co. The originally publication is fully-indexed and is much much more than a general introduction to North Wales. Baring-Gould's work in collecting folklore and folk song in the West of England is now recognised as the saving of these for posterity. Although no such bold claim can be made for A Book of North Wales the emphasis on collecting folk memory for posterity is redolent throughout the publication, making for a fascinating read.
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Originally published in London 1903 by MacMillan & Co., Ltd., this 1914 reprint of the Highways and Byways in South Wales, is republished here in fully-searchable digital format. Macmillan began publishing the Highways & Byways series in 1899 and by 1909 had completed almost twenty publications in the series, which extended across the length and breadth of England, Scotland and Wales, with one publication on Normandy and and another on Ireland. This highly popular series continued until the beginning of the Second World War. In May 2009 Pan Macmillan reissued a one-volume collection of the best of the Highways and Byways series offering a glimpse of the very best of Britain.
The Highways and Byways in South Wales contains more than 400 printed pages, including a map of the route taken by the author, Arthur Grenville Bradley, who undertook an almost circular tour of south Wales beginning at Radnor, and includes almost 100 pen and ink illustrations by Frederick L. Griggs, providing as with all of the Highways and Byways series a wonderful mix of topography, local history and folklore, which perhaps more than ever allows the reader to rediscover parts of Britain that have long disappeared under a morass of concrete, motorways and bypasses.
Arthur Bradley undertook only thirteen 'tours' on which he reported in the Highways and Byways in South Wales, reviewed in the chapters of this publication, although in reality the divisions are only created by the major stops in Bradley's tour, such as Radford; Builth;Lampeter; Cardigan; Fishguard; St. Davids; Pembroke; Kidwelly; Llandeilofawr and Brecknock.
Much of the charm a vigour of the Highways and Byways series, which has stood the test of time is down to the travellers and in the case of South Wales this is no exception. Arthur Granville Bradley (1850-1943) was a renowned English 'traveller' in the Victorian sense of the word as well as well-published author, with popular works such as The Fight with France for North Africa, Sketches of Old Virginia, a History of Marlborough College as well as a biography of Captain John Smith to his credit. The Highways and Byways in South Wales is replete with more than 100 pen and ink sketches by by Frederick Landseer Griggs (1876-1938). A native of Hertfordshire, this was one of thirteen books illustrated by Griggs in the Highways and Byways series. An architectural draughtsman, illustrator, early conservationist, associate of the Arts and Crafts Movement in the Cotswolds, Griggs was the most distinguished etcher of his age and the first etcher to be elected to full membership of the Royal Academy. His illustrations from this period 'capture a vanishing England of a brooding spiritual intensity, harking back to an idyll of vanished dreams' and as such fit very well with the general themes of the Highways and Byways series, that of a vanished or forgotten heritage. The presence of so many of Griggs' sketches in one place is sufficient reason to purchase any of the series in which he was the illustrator.
Every place in Wales is described in this wonderful two volume gazetteer of 1833.
The books contain all of its original 1833 county maps, that have been scanned to a very high quality indeed so that you can zoom in and in to the finest detail.
Published in 1836. A really wonderful book describing Wales, its counties, towns and villages. Lots of superb engravings throughout that will provide superb illustrations to place into your family history file.
Buy these three huge volumes, as described above, as a two CD set for much less than the total cost of the individual CD's.
Although quite different in their content, these volumes complement each other perfectly being of the same period. The beautiful engravings in Wales Illustrated breath life into the superb maps of the Topographical Dictionary
Thomas Rees & John Thomas
"Still the best of our 'standard' Welsh denominational histories"
WRITTEN ENTIRELY IN WELSH WITH NO ENGLISH TRANSLATION.
All of the Churches of Wales, with their present vicars, etc. A wonderful source of information.
Published in 1815 as part of a series covering every county in England and Wales. Detailed descriptions of the history and antiquities in each of the follwing counties; Brecknockshire, Caermarthenshire, Glamorganshire, Pembrokeshire and Radnorshire.
This is one book from a series of very rare volumes entitled "The Beauties of England and Wales". This volume, for North Wales, describes the county, its history & antiquities, and places in great detail.
It also contains some exquisite engravings of towns and churches, etc.
An excellent guide book for the whole of Wales with details of routes, descriptions of places and nine high quality maps.
Published in five volumes, probably in the early 20th century, this is a beautifully written history of a wonderful country and contains dozens of gorgeous illustrations.
Lewis Morris. Published 1801
A wonderful collection of maps, not just for the marine features, but also for towns and ports along the coastline. Covers Liverpool to Swansea, plus Dublin. Includes lists of officers of the Royal Navy, in addition to descriptions, tables, etc.
Excellent early maps
The origins, history and laws, language, litrature and characteristcs of the people of Wales.
This is one of the most important resources that we have seen, and one that should be of great interest to all family historians. Published in 1772 it was the handbook of the duties and responsibilities of the Parish Officer.
It includes the duties of the overseers of the poor, the power in relieving, employing and settling, etc. of poor persons; the laws relating to the poor, and settlements, and the statutes concerning masters and servants. The right of Settlement was something that was of great concern to all of our ancestors. Basically, to be able to have right of settlement in a parish, one had to be born there, married there or serving an apprenticeship there. Proof was all-important, especially if a person became destitute and needed support from the parish. Parish officers would have people literally evicted and transported to another parish under such circumstances. What happened about bastardy? What obligations does an apprentice have to his master and vice-versa? This book describes it all, together with the supporting laws.
Other sections of the book include the authority and duty of constables, tithingmen, etc.; churchwardens, how they should be chosen, their duties, church accounts, repairing of churches, etc. There are some very interesting punishments for not attending church and keeping to the rules! There is a section on surveying the highways, Scavengers, methods of taxation of the highways, and laws. And finally, the duties and powers of Watchmen.
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