Corwen - Pigot's Directory 1835

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Wales Gotoarrow.png Denbighshire Gotoarrow.png Pigot's Directory 1835 (Corwen)

CORWEN is an inconsiderable market-town in the parish of it's name, and hundred of Edernion, county of Merioneth — the parish extending also into the county of Denbigh, 194 miles N.W. from London, 31 S.W. from Chester, 12 N.E. from Bala, and 10 W. from Llangollen; pleasantly situate near the southern bank of the Dee: the town being much resorted to for the convenience of fishing in that river which abounds with salmon, trout, greyling, &c. Corwen has been celebrated by the Welsh bards, for being the rendezvous of the Welsh army under Owen Gwynedd, who here obstructed the invasion of Henry II, in the year 1165. G.H. Vaughan, Esq. is lord of the manor, and holds a court-leet annually. The places of worship are the parish church, a neat cruciform edifice, and a chapel for Methodists. The living of Corwen is a discharged vicarage, in the patronage of the Bishop of St. Asaph, and incumbency of the Rev. Morgan Hughes. The principal charitable institutions are an hospital, or almshouses, for twelve aged females and a free school. The market days are Tuesday and Friday; and the fairs are held on the 12th of March, 24th of May, 14th of July, 7th of October, and 20th of December, for sheep, cattle, and horses. The parish contained, according to the census taken in 1821, 1,742 inhabitants, and by that in 1831, 1,990.

Post Office

- Letters from LONDON arrive every afternoon at four, and are despatched every forenoon at eleven.
- Letters from BARMOUTH arrive every morning at ten, and are despatched every afternoon at half-past four.
- Letters from HOLYHEAD arrive every forenoon it eleven, and are despatched every afternoon at twenty-five minutes past four.
- Letters from ST. ASAPH & the NORTH OF ENGLAND arrive every morning at twenty-five minutes past ten, and are despatched every afternoon at half-past four.


To LONDON, the Royal Mail (from Holyhead) every forenoon at eleven, and the Wonder, every afternoon at half-past four; both go thro' Llangollen, Oswestry, Shrewsbury, Shiffnal, Wolverhampton, Birmingham, Coventry, Dunchurch, Daventry, Stoney Stratford, Brickhill, Dunstable & St. Albans.
To HOLYHEAD, the Royal Mail (from London) every afternoon at twenty-five minutes past four - the Wonderer, every day at twelve - and the Nimrod (from Shrewsbury) every forenoon (Sunday excepted) at half-past eleven; all go through Capel Curig and Bangor.
To SHREWSBURY, the Nimrod (from Holyhead) every afternoon (Sunday excepted) at half-past one; goes through Llangollen and Oswestry.