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Sprinkled with innacuracies
on 23 January 2009
I am no expert on the subject and I didn't set out to check any of the text of this book which was lent to me and highly recommended. I was planning to buy a copy. I wasn't looking for errors but in several sections of the book I spotted mistakes; some of which are detailed below. Most of the places in the book are unknown to me so I have no idea how accurate is the rest of the text and I haven't read it all.
Page 30: "...Gwrych Castle overlooking Colwyn Bay..." It doesn't. The town of Colwyn Bay cannot be seen from the castle and it doesn't overlook the Bay of Colwyn.
Page 57 (Bodelwyddan Castle): "Bodelwyddan was rescued by Clwyd County Council with a consortium of Warner low-cost hotels, saviour of a dozen English houses and in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery...."
In fact Clwyd County Council bought the castle in the 1980s without Warner involvement. In 1994 the Council leased part of the site to the Rank Organisation for its first Warner Holidays Hotel. There is a partnership with the National Portrait gallery.
Page 76 (Denbigh): "a tablet at the back of the church commemorates a local man, Twm o'r Nant.." It does, but I am surprised that he doesn't mention that Twm o'r Nant has a large tomb in the churchyard - signposted for visitors.
Page 82: "Llangar sits on the bank of the upper Dee as it curves towards Bala between the Berwyn and Arenig mountains". The church is on the hillside above the river, which is flowing from Bala, not towards it.
Page 204 (Conwy): "Thomas Telford's box girder bridge (1848)..." Telford's bridge is the suspension bridge (a National Trust property), which is not mentioned! The bridge he attributes to Telford is Robert Stephenson's railway bridge!!
Page 224 (Betws y Coed): He refers to the old church (St Michael's) and says "This is locked, sadly..." Yes it is, most of the time, but the key is easily obtainable from the nearby Railway Museum or the Tourist Office.