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FIFTY YEARS AGO. (Extract from the "North Wales Chronicle," October 20th, 1860). RAILWAY DEVELOPMENT IN NORTH WALES. The present year seems destined to become a memorable one in the annals of railways of the Principality, and especially in reference to North Wales. It is only a few weeks since we had to report the" say ings and doings" of several eminent professionals who assembled at Cr,:c- cieth to discuss and propound the poouliar ad- vantages offered by their respective schemes to the public at large, and we had the greater pleasure in doing so, because however much we might have differed in our opinion as to the merit of some of them, there was a very healthy and satisfactory air,of sincerity evidenced on all sides. Last week again, we had to report the particulars of another important meeting held In the ancient town of Bala, and which also was very influentially attended the object of which was to take into consideration the advisability of constructing a line of railway from Corwen to Bala, in connection with, and under the auspices of the Denbigh, Ruthin, and Corwen Railway Com- pany and in our present numbers will be found lengthened reports of meetings held at Bar- mouth, Dolgelly, and Bala, all of thorn taking place in the [interests of the plan propo.sed by the Mid-Wales Company. The influential character of these several local gatherings demonstrates to the most sceptically inclined, the growing in- terest attached, m Wales, to the importance of extended railway accommodation. Our views, and the rea.sons for them, whiclrtl we hold in reference to the advantages offered to the inhabitants of North Wales by the Welsh Coast Line as indicated by Mr Piercy, as com- pared with that proposed to be carried out by the West Midland Company, are already well known to our readers and the public generally and need not be repeated on this occasion. The more we reflect on the subject, the more convinced are We of lita utter impracticability as a commercial speculation, and of its ever receiving the sanc- tion of the legislature if even approved by the majority of the local landowners. The immense expense attending its construction, the almost in- superable barrier presented by the Berwyn Mountains, the paucity, of population and materials for trade on the line of its projected route, and the length of time it would neces- sarily occupy to complete it, quite neutralise any advantage which "it might possess in affording a somewhat more direct route to London and tl# central districts of England. A line ninety miles in length, and which is to cost a million of money, ought to offer some reasonable guarantee of its being self-supporting when made, but this lino certainly does nothing of the kind. The line now proposed to be. made from Corwen to Bala. is of a totally different charac- ter, and in itself, independent of prospective ad- vantages, will be found to be of great utility. It will open a direct route to England, and ite great trading, commercial, and manufacturing emporiums, and that to a district hitherto mountain-bound and all but cut off from the more civilised part of the kingdom. The ex- planatory sj>e2ch of Mr Piercy, at the meeting at Bala above referred to, was perspicuously de- cisive on this point., and left little to be said by the other speakers. It will be seen, however, from the report, that t'he line to Bala from Corwen is but a mere section of one of a much more extended charac- ter, as it is intended, eventually, and atl no dis- tant date, to continue it io the slate quarries at Festinlog, and to the port of Barmouth, where it will join to the line projected from Porth- dinliaen to Aberystwyth. Should this scheme then be ever realised, it will constitute one of the greatest boons ever conferred on a district, and will leave nothing to be desired by our des- cendants in this portion of Wales in the matter of railway communication. As we have before intimated, this line is to be madje in connection with the Denbigh and Cor- Weai Company, which, we understand, is on very friendly terms with the Llangollen and Ruabon Company, the chairman of which, Colonel Tottenham, was present at the meeting previ- ously held at Corwen, and who, whilst repudi- ating the line proposed by the West Midland Company, stated his intention to support most energetically the one from Corwen to Bala. This amity augurs well for the scheme, because in that case there will be an open and direct route to the Shrewsbury and Chester Railway, without the necessity of going to Rhyl.

OBITUARY.

CYMRU FU.

COUNTY OF DENBIGH.

NOTABLE DENBIGHSHIRE FAMILIES.

SIR JOHN WYNNE, OF GWYDR.

LLOYD OF CEVN.

CLOUGH (of Denbigh).

CHAMBRES.

DOLBEN.

LLOYD OF GWRYCII (Abergele).

LLOYDS OF HAFOD'UNOS (Hafod'un'nos).

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LLOYD, OF PLYMOG AND GWERCLAS.

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