Unit 9 - Caerffynnon

The  old  people used to talk a lot about  Mrs Holland Thomas, Caerffynnon,  she came to the school to give prizes to the  children and presents at Christmas time and of course when she was in the  village,  the  women used to curtsy to  her.   Captain  Holland Thomas, her husband, was the one that built Caerffynnon. He was  a Sea Captain and he had lots of property around San Francisco - he would  walk from Caerffynnon, down the drive cross  the  main road, to the field where the school is now and follow the wall down to the railway. There was a bridge there then and if he wanted to go on  the train he would wave his stick for the train to  stop.   I don't know if it was something between him and the railway company as the railway was running through his land. 

When I left school I went to work to Caerffynnon for the summer and I remember  when we  were  in the hay in the field by Draenogau  railway  crossing that belonged to Caerffynnon,  Mr. Haigh and his daughter and the maid  came down and brought us some tea and then they carried  on to Ynys Gifftan across the traeth as they had a little summer hut there and when I went home in the evening the maid, who could not swim, had gone out of her depth and had drowned, her  name  was Nellie Thomas from Glanywern.

Mr  Haigh  was one of the Aber Ia family - Portmeirion  now.   He married  the daughter of Caerffynnon.  There was a hunt  in  Glyn every year and at Maesyneuadd and there was some well known people coming  there for the shoot, amongst them I remember  Lord  Derby and  of course the gamekeeper would come to the village  to  find beaters  and it was a day we enjoyed.  We had a big stick and  we beat the bushes as we went through Coed Glyn and Coed Mawr  Maesyneuadd  and  when we had a bird in flight we had to  shout  "Cock over my  Lord" and very often it would be a  rabbit  running  in front of us, but once one of the men shouted "Rabbit over my Lord" in  his excitement.  The gamekeepers knew how the birds would  fly and  he would station the men with the guns for them to be  ready to  shoot.  

Mr Savage was the gamekeeper  I remember,  and  John Lewis  in Glanmorfa y Warren.  They used to send a cart  load  of rabbits to Manchester on the train.  They had square baskets with a bar across and the rabbits hanging on them.  There was a lot of poachers  then after the pheasants and there was a wire  on  the ground  in  Coed Mawr, if you happened to touch  the  wire  there would be a big bang and they had to run for it.