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Antiquarian Column. THE MERTHYR RIOTS. A fortnight ago "An Old Reader" asked Whether anyone could give the story of the JWfcrthyr Riots, during which the books belong- ing to the Merthyr Court of Request were burnt. Mr D. Morgans now writes:â"This is the story cf the Court of Conscience: The mob on the morning of the riots had called at the house of a grocer in Quarry-row, named Twm Brymy If seems that be had taken a chest of drapers m payment for goods from a person. After getting the chest back to its original owner, they went to Dynevor-street, to the house of Mr. Coffin, who was a head baril iff, and iemanded the book. He tried first, to put them away by throwing them an old book, but they wanted the book up-to-date. Mrs. Thomas, of The Court,- knew that Coffin was in trouble, she went to his rescue, and to smuggle him out of his house she put her dress, fcioak, and hat on Coffin. When the rioters saw Ure. Thomas, as they thought, coming out of the house, they made way for her. After this the mob burn" the book." THE OLD MERTHYR DIRECTORY. A correspondent writes:â"I am very pleased to find tha4. you have started an Antiquarian Column in your paper. I am certain it will be touch appreciated by a 131'g-. number of readers. The names from the old Directory given in your jast Mle were very interesting. I may point 18 out that Daniel Da vies, Dissenting minister. Was the minister of YnYlIgtltI from 1785 to 1810 5r 1811 Ha was a native of Llandyssul, in Cardiganshire, being the son of the Rev. James Davies, ih", minister of the Presbyterian Churches at Abermeung, BlaenpennnJ, Cil- gwyn, etc., in rhst county. He was educated at Carmarthen Presbyterian College, and at the termination of his college course he became pastor of Yaysgau, Sept. 3rd, 1735. The ordin- ation ceremony took place on May 6th. 1736, according to 0.00 account, and on September brh, 1786, according :o another account. After his marriage he gave up the charge of Ynys- gau, and lived fcr some time at Cwm, near .Caerphilly, and subsequently at Pontypridd. He died at Pontypridd in 1851, having reached ,the advanced age of 91 years. Mathew Wayne, fhown as acoomptant, was, doubtless, the Mathew Wayne who became subsequently bet- ter known a» the furnace manager a* Cyfarth- fa, the father of Thomas and William Wayne, of Glandare and Plasnewydd, Llwydcocd, the pioneers of the coal trade in the Aberdare valley, and the founders of the Gad'ys Collier- jeo and Ironworks. Of the names given under Gentry, a. few are well known, especially Messrs Richard Crawshay, Richa.rd Hill, S. Homfray, iet., but any information that, can be given about the other nr.mes mentioned in the list will be interesting." AN OLD ROAD BOOK. Brecon to Cardiff.âThe following description t>f the road from Brecon to Cardiff from the Itxth edition of "A new and accurate descrip- rn of all u.e direct and principal cross roads England and Wales." by Daniel Patterson, 'Assistant 10 the Quartermaster-General of His Majesty's iS'orcas, may be interesting. The book was published 1784. The portion I-give below is a part of the description of the Chester to Cardiff road. and shows that the main high- way between Xorth and South Wales was in Ihai day through Mid-Wales, and not via Here- ford as at piesen' The principal towns on the route w*re: Wrexham. Newtown, Llanbedr Fawr, Builth, and Brecon. From Brecon down, ihe following is the table. The figures in the first column denotes the distance from the last place named, and those in the second column (he distance from Chester:â -Breoon â 100 River Tab 3z 104 Bullavan Hills 1 105 Capis T&fechan 6 Ill Pont Stucketh 2 113 Ruins of Moriest Castle 1 114 Beacon Hill 5 119 Caerfiliy Castle 12 lal Coal Works 1 132 Iron Works 1 133 Cardiff 6 139 The hot is interesting for its quaint speUiug of jPonteticill and Mortals Castle. Is not the Taff (or Tafy) as given wrongly located? Where, too, are the Bullavan Hills? Taf-fechan Chapel is well known, and so aro Pontsticili and Morlals Castle. Is Beacon Hill Cefng lais mountain? Which were the Co&i aid Iron Works below Caerphilly? Perhaps the groatest surprise "of all is the complete absence of Merthyr Tydal en this route. There is no record in the book of the road from Cardiff through Pontypridd to Merthyr, nor of the road from Neath to Merthyr, or even the road from Neath through Y stradiellte to Brecon.-ANTi- RUABIAH. FIRST MERTHYR ELECTION. The following appeared in the "Cambria.n" the week before the tint Merthyr Election in 1822. After the list of namss, the following an- nouncement was made:- [ "The Mertlv vi f Electors have determined to defray the expo uses of the Electicll." The explanatory notis are by Mrs. Jones, late of ILafod (.mother of Alderman D. W Jones). "We, the under; signed electors and others of be Borough of j) lerthyr Tydfil, invite J. J. '"iuest, Esq., to dii le with us at the Bush Inn 'â n the day of the e Jection. W. Crawshay. William Crawshaj r, Francis Crawshay, Henry Crawshay (throe 1 sons of William. William, the son. was d rowned, and his horse, in crossing the eev rn; Francis went to Tre- forest; and Hen ry to the Forest of Dean. William Perkins ( Solicitor). Henry Jones. Christopher James (general dealer and wine merchant, father of Lord Justice Wm. Mil- bourne James. He afterwards went to Swansea, and sta ffced a chemical works). W D. Jenkins. Rice Lewis (drap er, London Warehouse, where the Court Arms is now. He built Courtlnnd House, now owned by Mr. Wm. Edwards, H.M. Ir tep^otor of Schools). W. Teague (kept th » Dowlais Inn). David Davies (of PE untyscallog). W. James (shopkec )pU, father of the late Chas. Herbert Jar oes, M.P.). Joseph Coffin (Clerl t of Court of Requests. He lived at Geo'-j fetown, and his house is still known as Ccnfi p's House. He contested Cardiff as a COO;) srvativ-e, but failed. He sunk a coliiary at Dinas, Rhondda). David Jones. Rhys Davies (one K if the leading tradesmen; kept the Post Oflkte; father of Mrs. Thos. Sbepn-ensr John Howell (priq her and bookbinder, The Glebe,land). P McGregor (see^ sman; a cultured old Scotsman. Mr. t, 3rtice Pryce, Lord Ab,r- dare's grandfathea the magistrate, used to ride over to the. Court on his pony, and often ate iris bra id and cheese and drink hi glass cf beer, at his shop. It was a great centre for pt oliticai gossip). John Ansell (currier) George Pierce (banit manager). rraliesyn Williams (kj ept the celebrated school in W üllingtolH,tree t "1010 Morganwg's" son). Daniel Thomas (Th Court). William Williams fengincer at; Cyfarthfa; father of Mra. Frai ik James). Thomas Evans (one <3 f the managers of Dow- lais Works). Samuel Thomas (kept a. grocer's shop in The Gleb?!and; marriedi a Miss Thomas, of The Court). i M. C. Harrison (cash^ ir at Dowlais Works). John Lewis Jameson Richard Bennett. D. W. James (curriel" a leading local man; cha-irman of the Loc al Board of Health for many years: son of < Christopher James). John Richards (The G rown). W. Jones. D. N Thomas (Davicfe Nicholas Thomas, gro- cer, Cefn Coed). Thomas Williams (grocer; father of the late Thomas Williams, solicitor-the coroner). Abraham Jones. Rowland Hopkins (Pen ydarren Works). William Ho wells (the Patriot Inn, an import- ant hostel; a great place of resort). Lewis Lewis (known as "L'ó}wls the Girushop" 1 dl afterwards lived at Olyntaff, Troedyrhiw). David Jones. William Williams. Thomas Chin (draper^ his daughters after- wards kept a milliqfrr's shop for many years). Joseph Trump. Lewis Robarte.. David Williams (the Greyhound; afterwards kept the Angel. John Nixon stayed at tne Angel when he was sinking at the Werla, and had no money 'to pay his board; he paid his bill by shades in the pit). Edward Purchase (thet Castle Hotel. Prev- iously he drove the (loach to Abergavenny, which used to go evry: day). William Williams. Richard Wood. Thomas Darker. John Thomas (undertaker). R. P. Davies (Dowlasis Works; afterwards manager of Trodegar Works). Edward John Hutchings (Dowlais Works; nephew of Sir John Guest). W. Richards. J. C. Woolridge (cashier at Plymouth Works). William Stephens (chemist ja. Chartist). John Evans (one of the managers of the Dowlais Wroks). George Kirkhouse (engineer, Dowlais Works). John Williams (The ùHClng Kong; grocer: known as "Lord John"; used to ride a very fine horae). Roger Williams (relieving officer). Stephen Jones (colliery manager of Dowlais, and lived at Pengamddu). Richard Henry (Bush Inn, Dowlais). Lewis Lewis. W. Puxneil (kept tho Companies' Shop in Dowlais). John H. Davies (tho druggist; one of the Pantyscallog family). Walter Morgan (Thei Ship Arewery, George- town. His son became a judge in India). D. Edwards. E. Edwards.. David Davies. lly. Charias (grocsr, Pontstorehouse). J. P. Strange (a doctor at Dowlais). Jame3 Stephens (of Plymouth Works; brother of Adrian Stephens, the inventor of the steam whistle). Henry Kirkhoufie (Llwyncelyn; father of the present VjN. of Cyfarthfa, the Rev. Howell Kirkhouse). John Rjchwd* I We have received a letter from "One Inter- ested in Antiquity" on "The Ruins of Capel y I Fforeat," in Merthyr Valley, which will appear next week. ==tl-,=t--

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