Don’t forget the Eisteddfod …….of 1894!

I’ve been racing through the boxes this week, and am now on box 14. At the bottom of this post you will find a list of all the documents done since my last post.

But yesterday, the pace slowed as I hit one of the most interesting boxes I’ve come across so far! The first few items in this box detail the Prince of Wales’ visit to the Castle in 1894. Only while reading throughg it did I realise how much work went into organising a Royal Visit, even if it was only for a few days. There were military and naval escorts to be arranged, itineraries to be planned (trying to ensure that as many people as possible got to see the Prince), guests to be invited and for a very privileged few accommodation to be allocated . But for me the most interesting documents relate to the Princes’ visit to the Eisteddfod, and what a week to find them!

There is quite a bit of correspondence about bardic robes and how the Prince and Lord Penrhyn will be welcomed to the Gorsedd. There is an itinerary of what the Prince will be doing at the Eisteddfod, and, my favourites; plans of the Maes in Caernarfon showing where the stones of the Gorsedd will be and of the paviliwn, detailing how the Prince and his enteurage will be accommodated. There is also discussion of the Bardic names to be given to the Prince and Princess (Iorweth Dywysgog and Hoffder or Balchder Cymru) as well as the address given by Lord Penrhyn to the Eisteddfod written in his own hand. Amazing really to hold in your hand the exact document Lord Penrhyn would have held in his while he addressed the crowds (an address which I believe was criticised in the Welsh newspapers at the time).  On that note, there are also some translated newspaper articles, which are on the whole more favourable than the articles I had previously read which were not fond of Penrhyn or his speech, or of the Prince himself; stating that the Prince was given a lukewarm reception and that the Welsh would rather welcome a man who was revered for his achievements rather than his birth – interesting and timely stuff!
I have also been looking at some documentation of the Eisteddfods of Gwilym Cowlyd (Arwest Glan Geirionydd) which were held in protests against the National Eisteddofd (some say because the Eisteddfod wa too Anglicised, and some because he considered the Eisteddofd heretical).  This sounds like a really interesting topic, and I would love to have more time to explore it…..maybe one day!

Also in the collection are the menu cards from the visit, and they are beautiful (and sound delicious)!


Here are the rest of the documents I’ve tackled so far this week:

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46.01

 

Folder containing correspondence relating to the Royal visit of 1894.

 

1894

 

Folder contains:

a)      Documents from the admiralty relating to sea borne escort.

b)      Correspondence relating to military escorts

c)      Bundle consisting of i) programme for visit ii) seating plan for the eisteddfod pavilion iii) eisteddfod programme iv) list of subscribers for the visit v) list of Penrhyn guests at Luncheon party vi) list of requests made for tickets to the luncheon party vii) Copy of the address to the prince of Wales on behalf of the Eisteddfod Committee viii) letter relating to robes for the Gorsedd inviting Lord Penrhyn to take an ‘Honorary Degree of Ovate’ ix) Plan for the Gorsedd on castle Square

d)     Bundle of documents relating to the Royal visits to beaumaris, Vaynol (mentions that the approach to the Vaynol Grand Lodge will be decorated for a mile and a half and line with quarrymen and their families), and Royal Alexandra Childrens Hospital Rhyl, and a request that the Royal Train travel through Colwyn Bay at a walking pace so that the residents can glimpse the Prince and Princess.

e)      Bundle relating to Llandudno visit including plan of the route of the REoyal Yacht, programme of visit etc (also includes letter suggesting Bardic names for the princes and princess when they visit the Eisteddfod, complete with translations.

f)       Translations of articles relating to the visit published in the Welsh language press.

g)      List of mounted tenants present at visit.

h)      Speach (to the Eisteddfod?) written in the hand of George Sholto Douglas Pennant.

 

Correspondence?/Royal visit

 

 

46.02

 

List of those staying at Penrhyn Castle for the Royal Visit with their allocated bedrooms.

 

1894

 

Misc/Royal visit

 

 

46.03

 

Bundle of documents concerning the details relating to the Royal Visit eg. List of guests invited, guests attending, programme etc.

 

1894

 

Misc/Royal Visit

 

46.04

 

Copy of the minutes of meetings held to discuss a memorial to the 1st Lord Penrhyn (Edward Gordon Douglas-Pennant)

1886-1887

 

Misc/Minutes

 

46.05

 

Bills of Fare for meals held at Penrhyn Castle during the Royal Visit and during the month of November.

 

c.1894

 

 

Misc/Biolls of Fare

 

46.06

 

4 leather bound books listing Bills of Fare and days served.          

 

n.d.

 

Misc/bills of fare

 

46.7

 

Hand written account of the poets of France in the modern age ‘Les Poetes Francais’ – written in French

1852

 

Misc/Les Poetes Francais

 

 

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74.01

 

Bundle of Forestry wages Accounts Analysis

1971-1972

 

Accounts/Wages

74.02

 

Bundle of Forestry Department Wages Accounts Analysis

 

1968-69

 

Accounts/Wages

74.03

 

Bundle of Forestry Department Wages Accounts Analysis

 

1969-1970

 

Accounts/Wages

74.04

 

Bundle of Forestry Department Wages Accounts Analysis

 

1968-1970

 

Accounts/Wages

74.05

 

Bundle of Forestry Department Wages Accounts Analysis

 

1970-71

 

Accounts/Wages

74.06

 

Bundle of Forestry Department Wages Accounts Analysis

 

1973-74

 

Accounts/Wages

74.07

 

Bundle of Forestry Department Accounts

 

1966-67

 

Accounts/Forestry

 

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63.01

 

Large bundle of vouchers, bound into smaller monthly bundles

c. 1902

Includes vouchers for rail travel, household expenditure, medicines, furnishings & clothing and includes accounts with Harrods, Harvey Nichols, William Morris & Co and many others.

Vouchers/Household

63.02

 

Large bundle of vouchers, bound into smaller monthly bundles

 

c. 1903

 

Includes vouchers for rail travel, household expenditurecharitable donations, hotels etc.

 

Vouchers/Household

 

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48.01

 

Box file of correspondence and agreements from Samuel Worthington, relating to slate carriage, slate prices, slate trade.

 

1802-1828

 

 

Correspondence/quarry/estate/worthington

 

48.02

 

Box file of correspondence and printed materials relating to the Education Act of 1902 and schools in the Bethesda/Bangor region.

 

1902-1904

 

Correspondence/printed materials/schools/political/paternal/education act 1902

 

48.03

 

Box file of correspondence to and from Edward Gordon Douglas-Pennant, 1st Lord Penrhyn. Letters mainly concerened with estate/quarry matters

 

1851-1883

 

Includes correspondence with W.E. Gladstone relating to an accusation of intimidation at the quarry/quarry wages, correspondence about land for chapels,  various parishes, and weirs on the estate.

Correspondence/estate/quarry/Edward gordon

 

48.04

 

Box file of correspondence and agreements from Benjamin Wyatt, mainly concerned with estate/quarry matters and the new Capel Curig/nant Francon road. Also includes account of furniture with sam Wyatt (1787) IN NEED OF REPAIR

 

1785-1805

 

 

Correspondence/estate/quarry/Benjamin Wyatt

 

 

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47.1

 

Box file of begging lettersapplications for money.

1901-1907

Box file is ordered aplphabetically and includes letters of request made to both Lord and Lady Penrhyn.

Correspondence – begging letters

47.02

 

Box file of correspondence from Mr Hughes of Kinmel Park, Abergele

c. 1883-1906

Documents discuss property defence, Lord Rosebury, Game, Strike, Archbishop Williams, Welsh names, election fund, Bodelwyddan ball, honours list among other topics.  Also includes documents relating to the Order of the Bards of Glan Geirionydd

Correspondence/Personal

47.03

 

Box file of correspondence from Col Wynn-Finch of Voelas Mr A. Priestley and W.A. Darbishire

 

c. 1886-1903

 

Correspondence on diverse topics including missionary work, rent abatement, county council meetings, Poilce Joint Committe, the Penrhyn strike, politics, W.J. Parry, the 5th Marqiss of Anglesey and included correspondence between Lord Penrhyn and W.A. Darbishire written in verse.

 

Correspondence – personal

 

47.04

 

Box file of correspondence relating to Cairnton (2)

 

1900-1904

 

Includes details of lease, rentals, staff testimonials, sport etc.

 

Correspondence , estate, cairnton

 

47.05

 

Envelope of correspondence relating to an ormolu Candlestick bought from a Mr Tanner, alleged to have connections with prince Charles Edrwad )Bonnie Prince Charlie). 

 

c. 1901-1902

 

 

Correspondence , estate, chattels, ormolu candlestick.

 

47.06

 

Envelope of correspondence relating to an ormolu Candlestick bought from a Mr Tanner, alleged to have connections with prince Charles Edrwad )Bonnie Prince Charlie). 

 

c. 1901-1902

 

 

Correspondence , estate, chattels, ormolu candlestick.

 

47.07

 

Box file of miscellaneous personal correspondence.   

 

1882-1903

 

Includes letters from Lord Salisbury of Hatfield House, the Duke of Richmond and his sister Caroline Gordon Lennox, Sir Harry Keppel, Charles Wigley Wicksted of Shakenhurst, Lord Londonderry, Lord Stanley, Hen Rev Jacob Marshon, Lord cawdor and ‘Sam’ writing from Camp Suakin during the Sudan/Egypt wars 1885.

 

Correspondence , personal.

 

 

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Testament Newydd ein Harglwydd a’n Hiachawdwr Iesu Grist gyda Sylwadau Eglurhaol pob Pennod gan Y Parchedig John Wesley M.A.

 

1825

 

Wesleyan New Testament belonging to Thomas Hughes, Chwarel Goch

Printed Materials/ Bible/Wesleuyan New Testament

 

 

61.10 Edition of Lighten our Darkness: A quarterly record of the Church of England Scripture Readers’ Association January 1914 Printed Materials/Magazines/Lighten Our Darkness
61.11 Bundle of Grievance from Ireland Parlimentary Edition Vol II No’s 13, 19, 21, 22, 23. Febryary-December 1906 Printed Materials/Parlimentary Editions/ Grievances from Ireland
61.12 Bundle of Printed material relating to Bimetallism (mainly by Henry Chapman M.P.). 1889-1896 Printed Materials/Speeches/Bimetallism

 

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Testament Newydd ein Harglwydd a’n Hiachawdwr Iesu Grist gyda Sylwadau Eglurhaol pob Pennod gan Y Parchedig John Wesley M.A.

 

1825

 

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Printed Materials/ Bible/Wesleuyan New Testament

 

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