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I CAMBRIAN ARCH.E )L'J3ICAL ASSOOLWiOX. I fr&Olf on I HaNiUdlXUI, )?*U>kXi Broiling heat was the ooruial condition ot all who were exposed to the rays of the sua yeiterday. HJI as it was our party had an enj oyable da/t for tile otjfcts we bad to look at were varied in their cLaracter and interesting from many points of viw, Coiall Knoll was in the previous day's programme, but was omitted for want of time. The moru entha* sisBtic of tbe party woold not allow of that r..iLoej< facing nlected; and after riding a few miles out, they alighted and R-akd -P a -M-P &8Ceot, h.. summit of which was thickly covered with vejjet*. tio., and tL. ,atog, of the K.oli with diffi -utty made Dot. After 'Pe.di. eome time at the K 'oil tbe most discerning e.ti?fied themelves tbat tbe position was a strong one, and that there were clear evidences of an escarpment. The remainder of the objects for the day went intimately associated with the biatory of the men who defended the fbmons castles of the distriot, and who have left behind them monumtnfcs of tboir wealth aud skill in defending tbeo18elvea, Brampton Brian Church is in a pleasant littl, village, bout five or six miles from Kaighton, but in tbe county of Hereford. It is almost entirol/ covered with lVI, and partakes of the external inva- siveness which 1 have had so frequently to notice. Internally there is a good deal that is molern in appearance ¡ but the fine old oak pillars and sap- porta for tbe roof (many of whioh are curiously catvtd), give it an air of gnat antiquity. The church contains an effigy of a lady, wao WAS the last of the family of Brian de Braaiptoa. Mr. Bloxbam said that the dress of this ellin denoted that the lady died a widow. He believed it to be a work of the fourteenth century, Oam peculiarity of tbe ffillY is, thut it r< presents ths lady as holding "heart in her band. There is a tablet in tin church to the memory of the last EArl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer, who died abiut thirty yeUt ago. The original church Wai destroyed by are, and thu jtrewiit building was eroowd at the expiflse of f-ir frobert Harlry, K B. Brampton Brian Castlu is situated very close ta the parith church, and has a remote origin, the district which we are now visitiug is consisted with the hietorj of the Britons, aud 101 terourd. of the haxons. Under the occupation of the latter it becsuje purl of the borderUud or marc'ies of Watas, and was BUt-j- et to the coutiuutl lOellr.ion. of thi Weltb acd the predatory attacks of the DAUB*, wh.) have kit in tbo n..m.. ol Wiginore (VVimug "n1ro) a lastitg record of their invasion of the neiKhb>ar hood. The manor ot Brampton pvssed iato the family of Brampton probably as early as the r^U'i of Hinry I Ir Bnan de H.del a suppoi"^ 10 have built the c"llle for his SOQ Brua. 6Ld as the earhe8t portion of the ruint is in tu decorated style of architecture, which was 1110'1 fully developed in the reigu (If Klward IU., ?,iat supposition is somewhat confirmed* Its situ *ti >'j, at the tntranct) of the dt-tiie, was well chovu t, the protection of the border from tho iacursijas -if the Welsh through the valley of the Tome. Ine towers which dank the entrance-gate are now covered with ivy, and tbud many of the details are hidden from view. Tne ground around the ruill8, on *uich the lurgest portIon of the castle stood, h-vt long tince bttn levelled, and all traces of the cxteut of the cabtle bave been obliterated. The stream which supplied the moat still ruas to the north of the ruios. The castle wafi pro hull y approached on the south by a dMw, bridge over tbe moat. Tho covered £ ? itoway lea'liog into the court within is still standing. A loor, circular tower, with a crenellated p^rap^t, st*adj on either side, in advance "I tho entrance gate, whiahhas a pointed arch of fine proportions Immediately ab )ve the arch a stringcourse, oruamenteu with a trefoil ballfiowert ruus so either to-ver, A ,il80har¡(lu. areatiprings from the towersonthe level of the ttrirg course, and carries the wall above. The whole ot tbo edifice shows marks of careful construction. The fortress was gradually tr.08- formed iuto a reeideuce, and it was adorned accordicgly, 'the Harleya are describe! as pereous of great note in thia neighboarhool du ing the '1 udor period, and IliO durio" the Commonwealth. Sir Robert Harley *as a member of the Lor? Parliament, andaleadiugmembevof tile Preabytuiao party. At the beginning of the civil war the counties of Salop, Hereford, and Ihrlaqr were Ho)ah,t, and Brampton and Hoptoo Oattles are said to have been the cnlv loyalist stronghoiis. Tradition states that in 1C13 Hrttmpton Castle was defended by a lady, who was snmmooed to surrender. After holding out for fire weeks the fortunes of war favoured her, and the eicge was raided. The lady Lo,tly alter died; aud ..? the ..rly put of Ina ;.llowing year Ihe cmtla was agaio besieged, aad surrendered. TLe castle was then destroyed, and tile church was burnt down TDllo it was that in those great fatrugglea both cabtlo and charch met the baine late. irom tbe village of Brampton 'B 'a W'm drtvottn:dnfa :JI::0::3W I importance, and where there exists a restored church of yrett beauty. This edifio) wu origiatliy built in the fourteentn oeutury, and the style of its architecture haa been preserved by Sir Gilbert rfcott, who designed the restoration. Too east aud west windows are memorial windows Oa eash side cf the east WiwtOR are the relllllns of a re'ntr'&joly tine reredoa. There uro preserved in the village, by Air. Brats, of the Post olfijd, a number of aaoiout remains belonging to the origmal caaroh. and the e ure traces ako in thu yi¡¡.e of all old Eiinan t-tation, tbat people haviog I, f, their mark her,, as they did ever) where doe in thuir march to oouq lest. The valuable relics poeiegsad by r. tivaua would for. the nuckns of a good local museum. Wiguuore Grange '8 a placft of con.i,ter,e interest. The bouee whiob ia known by that Mame is large, and has tverywhere evidences of the faaC that the a4bay which formerly i xisteri there, and some pirtioa4 ot which are still standing, bad furnished the builders and improvers the opportunity of u-iog a large u-i a L?er of 6DO WORldiLgg in the oo08trnotiOtl of door- wae and wii dows Che style 01 architecture wich prn"iled in Ibe abbey ?. Ibe decorated of the 13 ¡ and 14th centuries. Broken tratiment4 are preserved in the grdunrif, and in all there are the oleredl indications of tp fioeet work having been pro iu ;od, and i. many c.?e. the mOIlI'lio. rt, p.rruOI a9 *ben they ItU the hand of the .On. 1'oere i, bko a large barn atuobed to the G,a(io, the Nlf of which is iu a most remarkable tt. of I"e,eruti,.n, although it has been 5, 0 year. in existence. Fais ,i was co,,??dozed a bno example of tba tourteeath cettury work, iguicre Castletitandson aneminencewhich gives a ccmniaLdiDit view of the country. Its real mi* are lew, iuoluding a dungeon and portion of the keep. This cabtle is about four miles from Morti- mer's Cross, where a battle in which M irtiaier toupbt took place. The castle at W igunrewaa t-hxon in its origin, and was the only Saxon oastle in thia part of the marches It was granted by the <3onqa*ror to Kalph de Mortimer. The account ot Wigmore in Domesday Book is 8 follows n'1 In Hrs it re bunored. Ralph tie Mortanftr hulotg the c-wtle of Wigmore. Eiirl William (FVz Osoorn, Earl Of Hereford) turned into waste land what is oalled Merestun, which Gunners beld in tho time of King Edward. Two hides there are lUble to geld. I I deme&ne Ralph has two ploughland* &ad four .err., The borough which is there yields a reutor seveu poun&. From its extent and tbe po?i*ioa on whiah it stood, this castle must have been a wd¡,nigo impregnable fortress; but it id noir going fast to decay, and tells its own utory of ch..ge which ia ever occurring in the biatory of men. Wigmoro Church bas been rioontly restored ia an apparently eatialuctory manner. It was Norman iu its origin, and the tower still stands. There am many features of interest in the old portion of tbe buildings, and io the churchyard there stands a por tion of an old cross, which has been worked up into a new one. This closed onr sight-seeing for the day, and in due time our carriages were prepared, aud we invi" the return journey through a beautiful country, where, on evtry band, wo could eee a prmpflofc of n bountiful harvest being gathered. With an"h weather as we are favoured there is no doubt corn will be speedily ripened and garnered. At the evening meeting the chair was taken by the Hon. Arthur Walsh, M P., and the atteudano of ladies and gentlemen was somewhat larger than noualat this meeting. Amongst those who were (< re rent were Mr. Oreen-Prioo, chairman of th- local committee, and Mr. John Morg?j?4 of C.r diff. Professor BABINGTON gave a description of the excursions on Wednesday and yesterday. Whilst this part of the batioess w,s proceeding, the gas lights lost their brilliance, aud nearly alto- gether ceased to burn. This st ems tobaaohronic condition of tbe ga produced iu this town. Whether tbe company b"a :U..Od Its e. to "ke a holiday in the snoimer season, or has allowed its pipes fcu beoomo filled up, I cannot determine. I do know, however, that something is wrong, and the pablio, small as it is, most have beta inooavenienoad this wetk. Mr. BLOXBAM made some remarks on the varion- objecta ,j.i",d. The ReT. JAKIS DAviss said he had No,1 all that he could regarding tne place where the lane battle of Caractacus was fought, and whiUt he tbooeht that Caer Caradoc, visited oa Wedotudiy, was very much like the placa, aUhoti<(h there wai the difficulty that there was no ntream within two or three miles, Tecitus's description indicated that fiuch a stream really existed very uear. The BeT. D. R. THOMAS made a felV obaorvi- The Rev. E. L. BABNEWTTLL said botbouitht they should not place too much reliance upon what Tacitus had written. Jf they took a vote, probably there would be a large majority in favour of Caer Caradoc. j'hie closed the conversation. The ReT. E. L. BARN.IVELL then read hnmorom extracts from John Sanders, his book, 1713,11 From these extracts it appeared that Sanders had been recently married, and that the ue#ly married pair travelled for wwo lime on horseback, along roadl which must have been very dangerous. P?t of the journey waa also performed by coach. Tha writer also gave an entertaining account of a great wedding at a gentleman's boaae. v we4n pRe=::ø read a p?per on an ancient chapel at Destiold, supposed to have been built by tbe I^llarda. Thia ololed the reading of paperi. | IProfessor BABINUTUN aid they had now arrived at that part of the busineaa when it was usual to express their acknowledgments to those gentlemen who had kindly assisted to promote the ol1oo-oe of the tbe IIIfeting thia week. He therefore begged to move a vote of thanks to thoss gentleman woo had acted as a local oommittee, on whom devolved the duty of making the arrangements neoeaaary for the week. This had been a successful mucting, and ho was sure the members felt very grateful to those gentUmtn who had worked so earnestly for the pro, motion of its success. (Applause.) Us begged to name Mr. Bank., Mr. Oakley Banks, and Mr. Covernton. (Applause.) .<â ) n. The Bev. E. L. BAUNBWCLI. leoonded the Tote of tbaLks, and said that the society bAd had an agree- able and mooe8,ful meeting. The motion w<»a carried unanimously. Mr. GURIN Piucs, as chairman of the local com- mittee, said he could not allow tbe vote to pass with- out on tbe part of himself especially, and tbe to-vn generally, acknowledging the.iomplimentarj way in which the mpmbers bad been pleased to speak of theu visit, The neighbourhood tail hi&Uif honoorai srd bo trUF-((1 tùn nv-tv.Scrs WJUM long ro-uaiaber with .ati.faction to th.I'"8 tbo VIOl, in;, nH paid. (Applanse) Ho onuid only say be should be pleased to eee them all at his bouse on tho fol- lowing day to partake 01 luncheon. <lp .¡ 41se ) Idl. QaNikii aaid he was very please I th it aiy ser vices which he had been able to ren l :r h»1 c -t th. approval of the society. His anxiety had Inen to do all that was in bis powpr to promote tl < o-j JCt. of the meeting, and if that hid been accjcapaaliad he was well pleased. (Applause.) Mr. 0. HANKS ai-o acknowledged the .8, and said he had boea highly delighted to do what ba could for this ancient society, athi had rendered ais servi- moat willingty. (Applause.) Mr. BLOXHAH proposed a vote of thanks to those ladies and gt-ntlenien who had coutributed articles to the museum. There were several articles of great interest in the museum, aiid tho society wai g-estly indebted to those ladies and gentleman whj had sent them for exhibition. (App ansa.) The Rev. D. K. THUJUS seconded the vote, and it was carried unanimously. The CHAIUMAN. in bringing the meeting to a close, said they were all vary sorry that taosa moet- ings were comirg to an end. They were very grateful to the distinguished society which hid CJ.lle hither, and for the great pleasure which had been afforded by its vii.it and the knowledge whici L,, i been i.p.t?d. He fdt L,elf ,ry mu"b like a guilty per?n. They mu?'h.M/ tho'?ht him strangely negligent of his duties, but it wis impos- sible for him to have utt,'odu,1 mora than he had done. He was very glad taat *hau the uutnOira of the society left the I thjy co lid u) toke awuy any of ita lioua and, in fact, they would take away only the good wishes and in tny thioks of those they left behindfor the agreoiblj visit tajy bad paid. I Loud appl .u-e ) The meeting then broke up. lba mustum at the Norton Arras Hotel is a small one, but is comprised of several oIJ¡"Ct3 o! in terest rnlating to the tiuioof the civil wars, and also some very early British weapma that are scllo:n met with. Fur the ladies tll"re was aa o; interest of the time of Charled 1., in tha shtpoot needlework. The time has arrived in the hit iry of thia c*uctry when more of ita wealti should be devoted to the establishment of locil ru-jsiiims, Every district has an abundance of tT,"torhl. if only the means were at h\nd. to mak-t in iv .daola.

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