One of the finest examples of Welsh cyclopean quarry architecture in existence – Trefriew Bath House

Few who drive passed this Victorian building in Trefriw (Trefriew), North Wales, realise that hidden behind it, unknown and unshown, are two far earlier springs feeding an old bath house presently used as a reservoir to supply bottling taps.

Closed to the public in 2011. the nutrient-rich water is still used, being bottled and shipped worldwide by A Nelson & Co Limited under its brand, Spatone. As Nelsons is an independent family business with a long standing commitment to supplying high quality natural medicines, it’s fitting that it should own springs in Trefriw, a town name derived from two ancient Welsh words meaning ‘healing town’.

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Photo: Dot Potter / Trefriw Wells Spa

In a description of the old bath house at Trefriw, the domestic historian and author, Dorothy Hartley (b. 4 Oct. 1893 – d. 22nd Oct. 1985), said it’s “one of the finest examples of Welsh cyclopean quarry architecture in existence” with blocks of stone an average of 4 to 6 ft long and up to 4 ft square. The roof is spanned by four single slabs of solid stone and the twin doors of oak are iron bound. “A testimony to the strength and skill of the Welsh quarry men” who built it.

If any blog deserves the tag of #waterheritage it’s this one.

If caves are your interest, there’s some #waterheritage for sale (August 2021) that might fascinate you. It’s a woodland setting where the entrances to a couple of caves are hidden. Here the River Neath emerges after having carved seven or eight miles of cave network. In the words of the agents, “Included in the sale are access to some of the finest cave networks in the country.”

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RNLI – Royal National Lifeboat Institution – the charity that saves sea life too

Tonight, I parked next to a giant RNLI low loader to look at what it was carrying – a rare site so far inland and just down the road from the World of Water Field Centre.

The RNLI – Royal National Lifeboat Institution, has always been one of the charities we have supported and one of my relatives, Lieut R. Jesse, Chief Officer of Coastguard, received a medal  for his gallant conduct in putting off in the Tenby lifeboat and rescuing the crews of the schooner Agenoria of Bideford and the schooner Alexandre of Havre on 20 December 1855, just three years after The Shipwrecked Fishermen and Mariners’ Royal Benevolent Society handed over Tenby Lifeboat to the R.N.L.I.

I’ve often thought that Tenby would be a good location for World of Water to establish its Sea Centre Project as the Welsh name for Tenby town is Dinbych y Pysgod (lit ‘fortlet of the fish’), but sealife needs to be safe globally, not just locally, so the whole ocean needs to be guarded from attack by polluters and ravagers.

“There’s always a lot that individuals can do but unless groups work together to protect the whole environment the chances of improving the health this planet any time soon is low.”

“Save the Life of the Sea – and the life of the Freshwaters which feed into it.”

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RNLI – Royal National Lifeboat Institution – the charity that saves sea life too

Chiswick RNLI Lifeboat called to second whale incident after 15 year gap





Thank you RNLI

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