of St Moelrhys.
the borders of the parishes of Rhiw and Llanfaelrhys there are two standing
stones, according to the legend they are two thieves, who as they were fleeing
from St Moelrhys church were turned into stone by the wrath of God as punishment
for stealing from the church.
first regular bus service to Rhiw was in 1934 when the Crosville bus company ran
scheduled services to Pwllheli Prior to that Talafon used to run a bus to
Pwllheli on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Davies was the vicar of Rhiw from 1888 - 1895. in his day he was a famous singer
and was known as ‘Eos Llechyd’.
winter’s day when snow had fallen heavily and the road to Rhiw was impassable
Dr Bobi Jones got a call from one of his patients in Rhiw. Seeing that it would
be impossible to go by car up to Rhiw he left the car in Penygroeslon and walked
up to Rhiw through the blizzard to visit his patient. When he reached the
patient he asked what the matter was to which the patient replied “ Nothing I
only wanted to see if I was really ill that you’d be able to come”!!!!! (and
this tale really is true as I heard it from the old Dr himself when I was a
Dr Bobi Jones
the height of World War 2, Rhiw played an important and secret part in the
forthcoming invasion of France in 1944. A
team of electronic engineers led by Frank Bott set up an experimental Ultra High
Frequency radio station on the Clip ( now the site of the MOD radar station).
From there they developed a viable radio system operating on a wavelength of
5cm. (The frequency now used by mobile phones and microwave ovens)
able make a direct link with a radio station at Fishguard and with another
station on the Great Orme at Llandudno. Having proved the system it was
used at the Normandy landings as a reliable link on a frequency which the German
Forces could not monitor nor jam. The
valve used known as a magnetron was tested to be working by the scientists
placing their hands near it. If they felt their skin warming up and
reddening (like cooking in a microwave oven) then they knew the valve was
of the team ever suffered any ill effects from this even years after, a point
which should be considered by those people who think that the extremely low
power radiation from mobile phone masts has a detrimental effect on their health
Mary Williams Fron Oleu.1844- 1922.
Mary Williams Fron Oleu used to make ‘mushroom
ketchup’ which she would sell to Hotels in Llandudno. On wednesdays Mary and
her husband would go by horse and cart to Pwllheli where they would sell eggs
and butter in the market. Mary would take the train from Pwllheli to Llandudno
to deliver her ‘Ketchup’ to the hotels there. Her sister kept a hotel in
Llandudno. The photograph is taken outside her sisters hotel.
When the First World War ended the children of
Rhiw were invited to a party at Plas yn Rhiw they were each given a mug to
celebrate and placed in each mug was a bun. At the time a Miss Roberts was
living at the Plas, but only during the
summer months, she spent the winter in Italy where the climate was more
Trip used to gather seaweed, cockles and winkles in Rhuol Hells Mouth and send
them by train from Pwllheli to Penclawdd South Wales. The seaweed was used to
make lavar bread.