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Recollections of a Ruthinian.



i RHOS STREET. THE COUNCIL SCHOOL.âPreviously I called the British School. Half a century ago the Headmaster was Mr J D Jones, A.R.C.P. (Associate ol the Royal College of Preceptors) who, besides the fame he acquired 1 as a Schoolmaster, attained popu-j laritv as the writer of songs aud' other musical pieces. He composed f a cantata" Llys Arthur which was I uerformed at the National Eistedd- fod at Ruthin in August, 18G8. The meeting was held during broiling weather in a large wooden pavilion erected in the first Held beyond the Dog lane on the Corwen road. Mr i Jones set up a fine organ at the west end of the School and often gave concerts. Retiring from the British School, lie opened a Private Academy at Clwyd Bank in Clwyd street, and there he remained until he died in 1870 at the early age of 43. BEFORE the new order of things was enacted by the Education Acts, an Infants' School for the Llanrhydd district was held in an iron building âhence called the Iron Schoolâ I which stood at the rear of Mr Charles Williams's workshop. BRYNHYFRYD SCHOOL.â At this building, erected in 1838 by Mi- Edward Jones, Solicitor, of Bryn- hyfryd (known in his day fir and wide as Jones Brynhyfryd ") and originally used as an English Congregational Chapel, for some1 years previous to 1871 the Ruthin members of Lady Huntingdon's Connexion held their services. The I first Pastor was Mr Hart, after him I were Mr Hancock and Mr Spencer Hill. However, through lack of support, the services were discontinued and the building was purchased by the Church as a Church house and Sunday School for the Llanrhydd district. There are adjoining the building three tombstones bearing the follow- ing inscriptions: William Ilenshaw, Brynmorfydd, Llanrhaiadr. Died March 27th, 1841. Aged 67. Here lieth Catherine Wife of Edward Jones, Postmaster, Ruthin. Died May 9th, 1816. Aged 5(5. "For ever with the Lord." J In Memory of Ann, the Wife of John Jones, Pen Dref, Ruthin, who died the 10th day of the 1st month, 1857. Aged 52. Ir Ddaer fyddar fg aeth- Y ddirym Ddearol naturiaeth Ar enaid or wahaniaeth Yn Haw Duw y mau lie daeth. Also in affectionate remembrance of John Jones who died on the 27th of 6th month, 1871. Aged .75. Looking unto Jesus."







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