Wales: a black spot, beautiful peat bog and ancient abbey

Yesterday we tracked down David’s great grandfather, the Rev William (Gwilym Marles) Thomas, one of the pioneers of the Unitarian Church in Wales. At the village of Rhydowen, we found the chapel from which he was evicted for directing the congregation not to vote for the local aristocrat, the chapel is known as Llwynrhydowen. We found his grave at the new chapel built nearby. We then had a delicious lunch in Lampeter, where we found a bookshop devoted to the Black Spot (smotyn du) movement that he had been part of. In the afternoon, we walked through a nature reserve devised around a peat bog called Cors Caron. Then drove out to the remains of an abbey, Strata Florida, before returning over a hair-raising mountain road to dinner in Llandovery.

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