In the year 1800, Mary Jones, a 15-year-old Welsh girl, walked barefoot from Llanfihangel-y-Pennant to Bala, a distance of 28 miles, to buy a copy of the Welsh Bible from Rev. Thomas Charles, an influential preacher and pioneer of Sunday Schools.
According to the legend, she had saved for six years to be able to afford the Bible. Rev. Thomas Charles was so touched by her determination that he used her story to set up a new organisation to supply Wales with affordable Bibles. By the end of the nineteenth century, Mary Jones had become a national icon. Her story became known as ‘The little Welsh girl without a Bible’.
Route: From Llanfihangel-y-Pennant, across the Welsh mountains, to Bala
Ifor Pritchard was an artist and art teacher at Ysgol Sir Huw Owen, in Caernarfon.
He grew up in the village of Carmel near the Nantlle Slate Quarries. Some of his early paintings have a very haunting feel. Always evocative, always beautiful. If you are interested, Google him to see more of his paintings.
Oh that does bring back happy memories...