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Recollections of a Ruthinian.


Recollections of a Ruthinian. Ruthin during laat Half Caniury. WELL STREET-Continued. THE LAST ITATTERâ Last week the nan e was inadvertently omitted. The ;-r" I r:man referred to was Mr Hugh Edwards, whom some folk now living well remember as one cf a very genial and cheerful tem- perament. lie was an uncle of Mrs Jones, who now lives at Plas Coch (No. 26). Ivy HousE.-ThiB was at one time a doctor's house. A little over half a century back Dr T Cumpstoa Jones, a son of Robert Jones, book- seller, was there; some time after- wards, Dr Norman Evans then Dr W D Jones, who built Rhianfa, where he went to live. PLASTIRION.âHere lived, less than twenty years ago, Mr T P Roberts, a popular townsman, who was for a long period a member of the Town Council and filled the Mayoral Chair for three years. He built several houses at the west end of Park road, and the furniture auction mart in Wynnstay road. This house was formerly the residence of some of the Maurices of Lloran and Penybont. Within the last fifty years Mr James Maurice lived there. He was one of the notabilities of the town. He was Chairman of the Borough Justices, Chairman of the Board of Guardians, for many years a member of the Town Council, and was Mayor. lie ønce fought the parliamentary boroughs' election with Mr Townshena Mainwaring, by whom he was vanquished. Before him, his uncle Mr Thomas Maurice lived there, who died in 1838, to whose memory he placed the stained glass window on the north wall in St Peter's Church. PYRACANTII HOUSEâHere lived Mr John Jones, Estate Agent. Amongst the numerous Offices he enjoyed was that of Collector of tithe to most of the Clergy in the district, which brings to mind the old custom of giving Tithe Tickets and the events which brought about its discontinuance. In his day the holders of land, who were liable for tithe, were having good times, there was no grumbling at the Parsons' share, and all paid up cheerfully. As an encouragement to them not to become dilatory everyone who paid punctually received, in proportion to the amount he had parted with, one or mora tickets, somelhing lihe a railway ticket, imprinted with one or other of the words Halfpint," Pint," Quart," which the holder on presentation at one of certain specified taverns was enabled to exchango for ale of the quantity mentioned or any other commodity of the same value which the land- lord was agreeable to barter. However, there came the day of bad business for farmers, followed by an outcry against tithe as an imposition a refusal to pay; then exaction of payment by the Tithe owners with the aid of the police and the military. Finally, the Tithe Act of 1891 was passed transferring the liability for tithe from the holder of land to the owner, and that at once put an end to the issue of Tithe Tickets. HOLLAND flou, c-: L. --Presumably so named after the Holland family who lived there and may have built it. LEAMINGTON HOUSE was formerly the Antelope Inn. STATION ROAD.âBefore this was opened there was here a public house called the Queen's Head. Ad- jacent to it was a Yard, which bore the same name. RAILWAY TERRACE.âThi3 was built in 1864 by Mr John Saving the contractor of the railway from Ruthin to Corwen. At the time he was generally laughed at" for throwing away his money," and the terrace was dubbed by the wiseacres" Savin's Folly," who prophesied that an intending tenant would always have a dozen houses to choose from. Mr Savin, however, had a clearer view of the future than his detractors, as the property has proved a good investment even to the present day. The date, 1861, is shewn under th:) upper window of f the middle house, No. 7. MESSRS 0 R OWEN & Co.-Tllis house once on a time was the Golden Lion inn. About 30 years ago some philanthropists for the good of the town instituted Coco. ROTHS" in the upper part of the building, a business of the same class as the present being conducted in the lower part. But they never nourished. Cocoa, tea, coffeeJ aerated waters, buns, newspapers, magazines, draughts and dominoes was a bill of fare that had but little magnetism for Ruthinites, who seemed to require something more attractive to keep them out of mischief" (whatever that might Inau) which it was the primary object of the promoters of the Cocoa Rooms to effect. THE WHITE BEAR.âThe corner house in Llanfair street was a tavern of this name. In addition to the public houses already mentioned there is the Machine, and we may also include with Well street, The Anchor, and the derelict Ship (now the Ship Stores). So that this thoroughfare I was indeed lavishly provided with taverns enough to set one cogitating whether its present title is but a, corruption of what might originally have been its nameâAle street.








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