Ever since moving to this mysterious house I`d heard tales of the fabled Barons of Cymer, who were said to have once lived not only in the neighbouring mansion of Gwerclas but before that in the medieval hall house of Plas Uchaf – and perhaps even earlier (some folk believed !) at or near the site of today`s Hafod y calch.
Full of natural curiosity, I was eager to discover evidence-based facts behind the oral history, and when the Dating Old Welsh Houses Group armed me with historical research skills I started a journey backwards in time through Cymer towards medieval times and beyond.
The Welsh word cymer means a confluence or junction, and Edeirnion`s Cymer is situated around the meeting place of the Rivers Alwen and Dyfrdwy (Dee). In my talk I shall show how descendants of one of the last native royal families of Wales influenced the social history, land usage and architecture of an area encompassing Cymer and far beyond.
I will be presenting fascinating evidence not only from from Probate inventories, Church and Estate records and 18th C personal letters, but from dendrodating, architectural historians, geologists and the memories of local residents, as well as my own photographic observations and artefacts.
I will be able to provide anyone attending with a fully illustrated e-mail transcript of my presentation, on request.
Jenny Lees has lived locally since 1977 and researches house history with the Dating Old Welsh Houses Group ( DOWHG). She has published a history of Hafod y calch on DOWHG`s website www.datingoldwelshhouses.co.uk. and is currently working on individual house histories that include Gwerclas and Plas Uchaf . Her other publications to date include `Quest for Cymer Part One` in Hanes Bro Clwyd (The Clwyd Historian) Winter13-14, and several articles about the local area in DOWHG`s recently published Cynwyd Scrapbook One.