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Random Recollections of Llandovery.


Random Recollections of Llandovery. [By CAPTAIN KILSBY."] I The visitor to the ancient borough of Llan- dovery who is of an enquiring turn of mind will find much that will interest him within its confines and in the district beyond. First of all he will notice in the High Street the ruins of V icar Pritchard's old house, the renowned author of Cannwyll y Cymry (" The Welshman' s Candle ") a book which in the early part of last century graced most of the homes of Wales. An imposing building at the rear are the Lloyd Jones Almshouses, which owe their foundation tc the late Lloyd Jones, of Penybont, Llan- dovery. They are tenanted by poor and deserving widows from the town and neigh- bourhood. The donor spent the greater part of his life sheep farming in Australia, but yet retained a warm spot in his heart for the town of his nativity. This building consists of comfortable, well lit and ventilated rooms, which would prove a good pattern for the houses—some 40 or 50 in number—which it is proposed to build in the town under the reconstruction scheme. In front is the Lloyd Jones Assembly Rooms and Drill Hall, which cover "a considerable area- of what was once a part of the old Vicar's mansion. Those two owe their inception to ,the generous spirit of Lloyd Jones, Penybont. During the late European conflagration, many hundreds of recruits passed through that part which was a sign for the time being to the recruiting officials, and the Drill Hall itself was used as a training ground for the Volunteers of the place. Hard by is Heol-y-Berllan I (Orchard Street), which derives its name from the fact that it and the houses flanking it on either side once formed part of the old Vicar's orchard. To the north of the town is the historic Church of Llanfair-ar-y-bryn, which has recently been restored at great expense. Its chief interest nowadays lies in the fact that in its picturesque and ancient God's Acre lie the remains of Williams. Pantycelyn, another distinguished Welshman, whose hymns are sung the world over at devotional gatherings where Welshmen are congregated, and many of which inspired our brave tads in the trenches of France and amid the desert sands of Egypt. Surmounting his grave is a magnificent monument erected by admirers years ago. This has been visited by Welshmen and descendants of Welshmen from all parts of the universe, particularly the United States of America. On the banks of the Towy, not far from the railway station, stand the ruins of the Town Man- sion, which was some years agO accidentally- burnt down. Here lived in the Mid- V c tori an Period a noted Welsh publisher, named William Rees, from whose printing offices in Broad Street were issued many valuable works, including "The Mabinogion." It was from these offices, too, that was issued in its useful days Yr Haul," then edited by Brutus. Any reference to Llandovery would be very incomplete if it did not touch on its College, where numerous Welshmen, who have since achieved greatness, received their early training. It also has the distinc- tion of having had as its Wardens two divines who have since become Bishops, namely, Bishop Edwards, of St. Asaph's, and Bishop Owen, St. David's. It was at Llandovery, too, that a former Bishop of St. Asaph's laboured for many years as a Vicar, namely, Joshua Hughes, the father of the present Bishop of LLandaff. Some day shall touch further on Llan- nd ts interesting associations.


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