Hillside Crumlin around 1900. Note the man on horseback.
Hillside, June, 2002

 

In the top photograph the building shown on the right "The Cyclist Rest" is another temperance establishment, which was probably a public house in its earlier days before coming under the strict non-alcohol jurisdiction of Lady Llanover.
It could well have been the same public house mentioned by William Cox (later to become Archdeacon Cox) on his tour of the area in 1799. After him leaving Croespenmaen ..........

"I descended a steep road, covered with loose stones like the bed of a torrent, towards Crumlin bridge, enjoying the prospect of the vale from Newbridge to the junction of the two rivers. I had frequently experienced the good effects of Mr. Evan’s interposition with the natives who were unacquainted with English, but I never felt greater regret at his absence than when I called at the public house; the only person within was an old woman, who in reply to my request of refreshment for myself, and corn for my horse, repeatedly answered “ dim Saesoneag” or no English.After ineffectual attempts to make myself understood, I fortunately articulated cwrw, which brought a smile on her countenance, and a mug of ale on the table; still, however, I was without refreshment, and my horse without corn, and we had fasted nearly twelve hours.While I was meditating whether I should seek another public house, or continue my journey to Pont y Pool, I was relieved from my embarrassment by a labourer, who called for a mug of cwrw; as he spoke both English and Welsh, he explained my wants; I made a hearty meal on some toasted bread and cheese, the rare bit of the country, and divided the cwrw with my horse; I took the liquor, and he the grains, the only provender to be obtained in the place.Our respective meals did not detain us long; I crossed Crumlin bridge, and continued to Pont y Pool park, along the same defile which I before traversed, the pleasing scenery of which was softened by the gleams of the moon shining on the surface of the lake at the eastern extremity of the vale".

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