History Club

One document we came across at The National Library of Wales, was a summary of the cause at Hermon Chapel, written towards the end of the 1890’s by the
Reverend R. Jones. This gives us some indication of what Mynydd was like in those times.

In 1843, Lord Penrhyn began giving leases for parts of the mountain. The quarrymen took advantage of this and began building houses and working the
land. This resulted in “a pleasing and pretty village”.

On the 1st of December 1843, many of the faithful met at Rowland Williams’ house (Penllyn), in order to form a Sunday School. On the 10th of December 1843, the first Sunday School was held at Gwaen Cynfi, with 30 to 35 people present.

The first Hermon Chapel was opened 14th December 1845, measuring 11 yards (33metres) long by lOyards (30metres) wide — pretty small!

Another interesting piece of information we have come across is that the eight Tai’r Mynydd cottages, used to be called Octuple in 1841. These now have been buried under the quarry. The annual rent for each cottage was £2.2.0.

Our intention is to have an exhibition in the Neuadd to display all the information we have gathered to date. We have made a survey of St. Ann’s Churchyard and have recorded all the graves there, plus have census results from 1841 to 1911 for all the cottages and houses in Mynydd Llandegai.

There is plenty of other information too, that gives insight into past village life, plus photographs of people and places.

The information regarding the exhibition will be advertised in the Newsletter at a later date.

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6 Responses to History Club

  1. Sharon Ashley says:

    I am looking for any information regarding a marriage between James George Ashley and Margaret Griffith in St Ann’s church Capel Curig on 27 October 1830.
    Have you any info?

  2. admin says:

    I don’t think so Sharon. This history club deals with St Ann’s church in Mynydd Llandegai, not Capel.

  3. Bronwen Inness nee Jones says:

    Hi, I am looking for information of relatives buried in St Annes. My grandparents and great grandparents are buried there and I am searching for any other ancesters that might also be buried there. Is there anyone who would be able to help me. I am living in New Zealand so would really appreciate any information. Grand Parents are William Benjamin and Elizabeth Jones. Great Grand Parents are Griffith and Jane Jones. Thanks Bronwen.

  4. Bradley Roberts says:

    Have beeb desperately searching for a list of the MIs in St Anns graveyard. My ancestors, the Roberts family, lived in Gefnan (next door to Amana chapel) from the late 1840s until the 1950s. I have found my great grandfather and geat grandmother grave, but would like to find the rest. I will of course meet any costs of providing a list.


    Bradley Roberts

  5. Mary Williams says:

    Oes gynnoch chi wybodaeth ynglyn a bedd Edwin Cynrig Roberts o Patagonia?

    Diolch yn fawr am eich amser.

    Mary Williams

  6. Bradley Roberts says:

    My great grandfather, Henry Roberts, was one of the first to build a house under the Penrhyn lease scheme. He built 1 and 2 Gefnan, with a Mr Jones, in 1844 (I believe)and the family lived there until the late 50s. My great aunt Elizabeth was born there in 1845.The two houses were converted into one house by William Roberts in 1956, when the leasehold was bought from the Penrhyn estate. Have complete history of the house(s). Looking forward to visiting the exhibition.

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