Nantlle Valley History



Revival in the Nantlle Vale

Press cuttings from January / February 1905

"People are flocking in crowds to hear Evan Lloyd Jones, who is said to be another Evan Roberts. He is barely 20 years old, and like Evan Roberts belongs to the working classes, being a quarryman employed in Nantlle Vale. He resides at Nebo, a village situate high on the mountain side. Moved in the first instance to take part in a revival meeting in his own village and chapel, he inspired the youth of the district to united prayer for the outpouring upon them of the Spirit. The next day, for the first time in his life, he ascended the pulpit, on this occasion at Talysarn, where a great revival meeting was being held in the Capel Mawr. At the close of the meeting 28 conversions were recorded. This meeting was but the beginning of his mission. Since then he has been engaged daily in the numerous quarry villages in the Nantlle Vale, and, young as he is, he is everywhere accorded the lead. The young quarryman wields an extraordinary influence over the people, and crowded audiences are nightly attracted to his meetings."

6th January | Caernarvon Herald

"The Revival Meetings in the Nantlle Vale are assuming large proportions. All through the district meetings are held nightly, and large numbers join the churches. The result of the meetings at Nebo alone during the week has been the conversion of 28. The public houses are emptied, and one original old man at a meeting thanked God "there would be no compensation for heaven".

At Talysarn on Monday the meeting lasted until three o'clock in the morning. The whole village has been transformed. No swearing is heard in the streets, and there is no drunkenness."

7th January | North Wales Chronicle

"A steady protest is being made against late hours. In this connection the Rector of Penygroes openly protested against this feature of the movement, plainly stating that late hours tended to immorality, and the county was in ill- favour in that respect already.


Some strange scenes are witnessed at the Revival Meetings in this district. At Talysarn last week several women fainted, and strong men are described as having rolled on the chapel floor as if in agony."

13th January | Caernarvon Herald

"During the last week a number of unusually fervent meetings was held in the Nantlle Vale. Rev. Idwal Jones held meetings at Talysarn; and at Llanllyfni on Thursday and Friday evenings Rev. Joseph Jones, assisted by two ladies, addressed meetings. On Sunday, the morning service was a remarkable one, the Rev. W.E. Williams, the preacher, deciding not to preach and allowing the meeting to take its own course. In the evening, Mr. Williams essayed to preach, but the audience broke forth into a paroxysm of religious fervour, there being singing, praying and speaking proceeding at the same time. Some people laughed, others danced, and others seemed to be in fits of terror or of intense and overpowering emotion."

18th January | Caernarvon Herald

"Rev. D.T.Hughes, Rector of Talsarnau, delivered a series of revival addresses at Penygroes, Llanllyfni and Talysarn churches during the past week. There is every index that the revival in these parts is a very real thing, and as a consequence of special services and sermons conducted by the Rector, Rev. W.E.Jones, and curates, nearly a hundred persons have joined the churches as communicants."

21st January | North Wales Chronicle

"inquiries... have enabled an approximately accurate estimate of the number of converts during the present revival to be made... an aggregate total of 9000 for North Wales up to date.* Of individual localities, the district of Rhostryfan and of Nantlle Vale lead with an aggregate of 1000 and 500 respectively. These two districts... estimated at 10% of the population of North Wales... account for over 20% of the total number of converts."

3rd February | Caernarvon Herald

*(a note RE: "up to date". The revival began October 31st 1904 and was of a year's duration, at least in terms of Evan Roberts' direct involvement; so that these figures from our perspective of nearly a century on are unlikely to be a complete picture of the revival's impact in our area, dramatic as they are. There were probably many more whose lives were touched by the Lord.)

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