SH5366 : 'A tract of bogs and rocks'

taken 11 years ago, near to Bethel, Gwynedd, Great Britain

'A tract of bogs and rocks'
'A tract of bogs and rocks'
This was the dismissive comment of the Whig politician John Smith an ancestor of the Assheton Smiths when granted the Faenol Estate as a gift by the Crown in the early 1700s. The last Welsh owner, Sir William Williams Bt, Speaker of the House of Commons and a notorious drunk and duellist, had bequeathed the estate to the Crown, urged on it is said by a shyster lawyer whilst in an intoxicated state. It was not until the 1770s that the Smiths took any interest in the estate, and that mainly because of the slate. Despite major land improvement schemes much of the former estate, including substantial areas of the lower lands, remain of little economic value.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 10 March, 2007   (more nearby)
Sunday, 11 March, 2007
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SH 530 662 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:10.3756N 4:11.9918W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SH 531 662
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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