In the late 1700's early 1800's I
understand that there were a few Inn's, Ale Houses, within the village of
Tydweiliog, presumably due to the predominantly small farms in the area,
also it being on the main road used by Drovers on their way to the market
town of Pwllheli. It was also on the Stagecoach route; one of which I know
was operated from Tir Gwenith. I remember as a small boy visiting Tir
Gwenith and seeing the old coach. The Lion Inn survived and as many know
is the "Lion Hotel" today.
Tir Gwenith Stagecoach at
The licence for the
premises was held by the Jones family for over 200 years until the passing
of the last licence holder Anne Jones in 1963. Its survival in such a
small community could well be attributed to its connection to the
Cefnamlwch Estate. The rents for the smallholdings owned by the Estate
were collected at the Lion twice a year for many years. My Grandfather
John Parry Jones, who was born in Llangwnadl, married in 1886 Janet the
only child of the then Licenses John and Janet Jones. John was born in
Penllech and his wife came from Henllan, Denbigh. My grandparents had ten
children, five boys and five girls, who, sadly have now all passed away.
Janet Jones and her daughter Janet in 1894
|John Parry, and Janet Jones, John Henry, Robert Owen,
Thomas, and Anne Jones in 1902.
John Parry Jones was
the Carpenter/Joiner for the estate at Cefnamlwch, and also kept cattle,
pigs and chickens at the Lion. My grandmother mainly ran the hotel with
able assistance from two other daughters Anne and Jane (Shian). My father
Jones (Twm Ring) the third eldest, at an early age, like so many others
from Pen Llyn went to sea. He travelled to all corners of the world
sailing mainly out of Liverpool on the "City Boats" and became
Quartermaster on the "City of Lille" and in those days it was not unusual
for them to be away for up to two years.
Tom had followed his
elder brother Robert to sea. Robert in port at Sydney Australia met a
young lady and fell in love. He came home to tell his parents of his
intentions, then returned to Australia and in 1920 married and settled
there. He as I mentioned passed away in 1977 and his widow Daisy lived on
to celebrate her 100th birthday in 2001, only to die some three months
later. Apparently having worked hard all her life and bringing up five
children through difficult times her one ambition was to reach 100 years,
and as she "jokingly" said at one time "It means that I can have my
picture in the newspaper". Both she achieved before joining her beloved
John and Janet in the Lion garden 1930's
Janet (Shian) Jones, "Twm Dinas" and Anne Jones 1950's.
I am still researching
the family history and who knows what I may find - maybe if this is
reproduced on the "Web" someone there in Pen Llyn may well provide me with
some snippet of information. One aspect in which I am interested in is the
property called "Tyn Ffynnon" Llangwnadl where my grandfather was born,
but I have been unable to locate it. Someone did mention that it is a
ruin, demolished by an exploding mine in the bay nearby during the Second
Many thanks to John B Jones, for this fascinating
account, and photographs of the "Lion"
And if you can help Mr Jones, in any way with his
family history, could you please contact us, and we will pass your details
on. Thank you.