Rhoscolyn has a fascinating history, with its patron saint, Gwenfaen, first making her home and church here in 630 AD. Some say that the druids’ last stand against the Romans, who invaded Mona (Anglesey) in 60 or 61 AD, was at Cymyran, the inland sea between Mona and Holy Island and the open sea, south of Four Mile Bridge. Anglesey itself also has a very interesting history as you will see below.
Tracey Liddle sent in this picture of a memorial to her great grandfather, Private J R Warner who, along with so many others, never came home.
And she sent this verse which she suggests is particularly apt to this time:
See the sacrifice behind rows of polished pride
Neither Tracey nor I can discover who wrote this line – if anyone out there knows, do let us know.
A shiny memorial with local connection
A bit difficult to decipher, but Caspar found this brass memorial to Thomas Lewis Hampton Lewis brass monumental at Llanfaes. The Hampton Lewises did of course have strong connections ith Rhoscolyn – Bodior, St Gwenfaen’s village hall……
Some November history snippets
On the 1st, since early 700 AD, All Hallows Day or All Saints Day, we recognise those who have no special feast day.
On the 4th in 1890, the first electrified underground railway system was officially opened in London.
On the 5th in 1605, Guy Fawkes attempted to blow up King James 1 and Parliament.
On the 8th in 1911, pioneering heart surgeon Christiaan Barnard was born in South Africa.
On the 11th why do we wear poppies? They are one of the few flowers which grew on the battlefields after World War One ended.
On 11th in 1992, the Church of England voted to allow women to become priests.
On the 14th in 1994, the first paying passengers travelled on the new rail service through the Channel Tunnel.