Tre'r Ddôl (click on
photograph to bring up bigger/better version).
|Until I can identify the maker, I'm calling this
Pattern #3, and it's tucked down behind the bridge on the old road. (Yes, I
know - I can't make it out either. I'll get a better pic when the weeds have
died back later in the year.)
Grid Ref: SN 659923.
|Pistyll Gwyn, a brook hidden away at the edge of the
main road on the eastern outskirts of the village and which served the people
there with a supply of drinking water.
Grid Ref: SN 662926.
Minutes of the Sanitary Authority for the Rural District of the Aberystwyth Union, 1 Dec 1873: Directed the Clerk to cause a notice to be served upon the trustees of the Wesleyan Chapel Tre'rddol to abate and remove a certain nuisance caused by a privy erected by them near Pistillgwyn Tre'rddol or to provide necessary drains therefrom so that the refuse would not contaminate the Pistillgwyn water.
|A well by the side of the road by the Cletwr, near
Grid Ref: SN 655927.
|Somewhere in the forest on the Lodge Park estate is
Bushell's Well, or Ffynnon Bushel. It doesn't appear as such on any maps I've
found, but the well is known by these names to at least some of the locals. I
believe that the name refers to a Thomas Bushell (1594-1674) who was deeply
involved in the mining industry in the area, in fact at one time Master of the
Royal Mines in Wales, and who in the late 1630s established the mint at
Aberystwyth (and latterly at Furnace), making good use of the silver from his
mines. At some stage his name was associated with the Llain Hir mine at Tre'r
Ddôl, and in 1640 he's recorded as working the Dylife mines - but by 1646
things had gone a bit pear-shaped and he'd fled to Lundy because of debt and
his Royalist sympathies. There's so much more that's intriguing about his
"Ffynnon Bushel. By Lodge Park, Tre'r Ddôl. Tradition says that Thomas Bushel (temp. Charles I) pushed the body of his murdered wife into this well". Coelion Cymru, Evan Isaac, Aberystwyth, 1938.
|Spring in Lodge Park.
I have the pleasure of informing you that Mr Fryer, the Vice-chairman of the Board, has recently of his own accord, kindly caused the water of a fine spring on land belonging to Lodge Park to be conveyed from a good distance, and at a considerable expense to the side of the road opposite Dolau Gwyn, near Tre'rddol. It is free of any charge to all consumers. The yield is about 10,000 gallons in every 24 hours. RURAL SANITARY AUTHORITY 6 August 1877 Inspector's Report.