I hope some of your readers will be able to help with my search for information.
My wife and I recently visited North Wales and, among other things, traced
the footsteps of the seraphic John Jones (1796-1857).
Besides seeing the Dolwyddelan
memorial and the Llanllyfni grave, we also
explored the village of Talysarn. Does the house where
John Jones lived
still exist? And is the copse where he spent hours
in meditation and prayer
still identifiable? Lastly, what of the sadly closed
and neglected 'Capel y
Trefnyddion Calfinaidd'? Did this chapel replace an
earlier one where John
Jones preached - when he was not itinerating, of course?
I would be grateful for
any light you could shed on my enquiries. Although
I am English, ministering in Norwich, I was admitted
to the Presbyterian
Church of Wales at the 1988 General Assembly. The late
Dr R. Tudur Jones of
Coleg Bala-Bangor was my PhD tutor. My wife Marian
(whom I met at Bangor in
1966) comes from Pontlliw near Pontarddulais, South
Thank you for your excellent
website, which I found absolutely fascinating -
and not least the railway history. Naturally, we enjoyed
our recent trip on
the Welsh Highland Railway from Caernarfon to Porthmadog.
I possess several items
of literature relating to the history of Welsh
Nonconformity including Owen Jones, *Great Preachers
of Wales* (1885) and
the recently-translated work of Owen Thomas on John
Jones *The Atonement
Controversy* by John Aaron (2002).
Kind regards & best
Dr Alan C. Clifford,
Norwich Reformed Church.