Black's Picturesque Guide to North Wales

9780217182713: Black's Picturesque Guide to North Wales

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1857 edition. Excerpt: ...which contains a curious old mural monument of John Thelwall, Esq. of Bathafarn, and his wife, kneeling at an altar, with ten sons, and four daughters kneeling behind them. Here also is a bust of St. Ambrose, admirably sculptured. Llan?hayadr, a village on the road to Denbigh, also claims attention, on account of the church, at the E. end of which is a stained glass window brought from Basingwerk Abbey, designed to represent the genealogical tree, of which Jesse is the root. The patriarch is represented as extended on his back, with the tree springing from his loins, bearing on numerous branches king David and his posterity in successive generations, until the advent of the Saviour of the world. The colours are brilliant, and the whole is in wonderful preservation. The name of the ingenious artist is unknown. In the churchyard are many ancient and very interesting monuments. VALE OF CLWYD.. This renowned valley has been so highly, and even extravagantly eulogised, that strangers may find its beauties fail to satisfy the anticipations with which they approach. It presents a scene of rich cultivation, and tranquil beauty, but has no features of grandeur and sublimity; and for high and romantic interest is not to be compared with the glens and valleys in the counties of Merioneth, Carnarvon, Cardigan, and Glamorgan. The tourist with moderate expectations will, however, find much to gratify and delight. The Welsh name. Dyffnjn Clwy I, the Vale of the Flat, accurately expresses its general character. Watered through its whole length by the river Clwyd, it extends from about 4 miles S. of Ruthin, in a N. W. direction to the coast of Flintshire, about 24 miles; while in breadth it varies from about 2 miles to 6 or 7. It is bounded on both sides by hills...

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