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In my last post I briefly mentioned a section of Norden’s Survey of 1620 which made reference to the lands of a “Hugh ap Robert ap Howell” on the borders of Minera and Esclusham. There are a lot of Hughs, Roberts and Howells in the history of the area, but the one mentioned by Norden seems to have been a member of a family who were once fairly important – in terms of the society of this corner of East Denbighshire, anyway.
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In the vicinity of Pentresaeson and Gwernygaseg there was once a field, and probably an attached house, called “Ty yn y Celyn” or “Tyn y Celyn”. It was part of the Brymbo Hall estate, owned by the Griffith family, but seems often to have been let out to tenants – around 1700 to a Lewis Thomas, and by 1716 to a “Mrs Elizabeth Holland”, possibly a relative of the Griffiths. A coal pit was dug nearby in the 1680s (with a Lewis Thomas again mentioned). It last appears on the land tax assessments shortly prior to 1800, at which time the tenant of Penrhos occupied it. I have, very tentatively, identified it with a field just across from the Smelt Wood at Pentresaeson.

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