Porthmadoc

Scope and Content

Comprising signed list of those in attendance together with details of train routes to Portmadoc; menu with sketches of fossils; letters from Dr Konnitz, 1885, G. Dorrelague, 1985 and Charles Lapworth concerning the trip to Portmadoc, 1885; photograph of David Humphrey (page 3b); Mary Francis, proprietor of the hotel, 1885; photographs of pseudo breccia on the beach west of Cricceith and a general view (page 4b); details of excursions and scenic photographs (2) (page 5); sketch of a celebrated Welsh geologist and an a-z poem about each member of the expedition; photograph of Portmadoc Harbour and railway station (page 6a-b); account of expedition on 24th March; group photograph and picture of Greenstone Dyke at Portmadoc (page 10); section diagrams (page 11); photographic views of Portmadoc from Belle Vue and geological features (page 11b); section diagram and photograph (page 12); account of excursion by train to Minffordd, photographs of Plas Newydd (4) (page 13 insert); section diagram, sketch of a piper, and an account of examination of beds on eastern side of estuary (page 14 insert); sketch of Thomas McKenny Hughes (page 14); section diagrams, photograph of Cricceith Castle and poems (page 16 insert); sketches and limerick (page 16); photographs of group at Penmorfa village and outside Church (page 16b); section diagrams, notes and map (page 17 insert); photograph of group outside Penmorfa church (page 17); a 'Medley of Madoc' (page 19 insert); limericks and sketches of cockerels (page 19); group photographs (3) (pages 19-20); section diagram, a poster for an exhibition play 'Diorama' at Portmadoc Town Hall (page 22 insert); a sketch of a person at Menevian Junction (page 22); photographs of rocks and bridges at Rhaidd ddn (4) (pages 22b-23); sketch of a woman (page 23b); section diagram (page 23b insert); loose papers and notes and a poetic account of an excursion to Tan-y-Guissan (page 24 insert); sketches (page 24); section diagram (page 27b); photograph of Ffestiniog, a view of the vale (page 28); loose notes (page 30 insert); sketch of Angelina Sedgwickii fossil and accompanying limerick (page 31); and nursery rhyme poems (page 32 insert).

Administrative / Biographical History

Participants included: Thomas McKenny Hughes; Mary Caroline Hughes; David Humphrey; E.J Garwood; Alfred Harker; Max Lohest; Harold Temple Wills; Thomas Roberts; Gerard W. Butler; Reginald W. Phillips; Thomas Hill Easterfield; Percy Hawkbridge; A.W Day; A.C Seward; J. Wilson Hart; J.R Tanner; Harold Wilson; Ellen Stones; Paget Tulcher; Ric Assheton; AM Adams; BK Taylor; MC Potter; AH Tapp; JB Morris; Evan W.Small; John Edward Marr; J.J Harris Teale; Robert Davies Roberts; James Davis.

  • Monday 23rd March 1885 Tremadoc.
  • Tuesday 24th March 1885
  • Wednesday 25th March 1885 Train to Minffordd. Walked by Plas Newydd to Garth Hill.
  • Thursday 26th March 1885 Train to Minffordd. Walked to Ty Obry.
  • Friday 27th March 1885 Train to Cricceith, Tremadoc.
  • Saturday 28th March 1885 Drove to Pew Mosta Village.
  • Sunday 29th March 1885 Rain all day.
  • Monday 30th March 1885 Train to Penrhyn Station.
  • Tuesday 31st March 1885 Train to Mr Oakleys private station on Ffestinog line.
  • Wednesday 1st April 1885 Tremadoc/Tan y Gissan station.
  • Thursday 2nd April 1885 Train to Tan Y Bwlch, Maentwrog village
  • Friday 3rd April 1885 Garth Hill, Tremadoc.

Access Information

This volume is currently closed due to its extremely fragile nature.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

The binding of this volume is now almost completely detached, with damage to the sewing support; loose pages and frayed edges; faded photographs and discoloration; with some loose material seriously damaged [Conservation postgraduate student assessment, 2011].

Related Material

Club Talks, paper 59 "Description of the Cambridge Expedition to Portmadoc". See SGWC 2/1/7 part 7.

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