Rowen

Rowen is a village on the western slopes of the Conwy valley in the former County of Caernarvonshire. now Conwy County Borough, Wales. It lies off the B5106 road, between Tal y Bont and The Groes Inn. Buildings of Gwynedd 2009 refers to the River Roe probably following the Roman route from Caerhun to Abergwyngregyn. The village was included in the Snowdonia National Park in 1951 and still has an Eryri sign at the village entrance road. Rowen is several times winner of tidiest village awards.

In recent times the name of the village has been variously spelt as "Y Wy- Wen" ( white river ), "Rowen", "Ro-wen" and "Roewen". Although the Religious Census of 1851 records the name "Ro-wen", most early 20th-century maps simply use the name "Y Ro", Welsh for "gravel" or "pebbles". Wen means "white", or could mean "holy".

The Afon Roe, a tributary of the River Conwy, flows through the village. A tributary of Afon Roe is Afon Tafolog, which drains the eastern slopes of Drum, a mountain in the Carneddau mountains.

In the book Crwydro Arfon (1959, by Alun Llewelyn-Williams), Rowen is described as .. one of the loveliest villages in Wales ( p.77).

The following poem, called Voice of Afon Ro, was written by G. Gerallt Davies in 1945 -


Llais Afon Ro
Hi ddaw'n deg o Dyddyn Du — yn unswydd
I ddawnsio a chanu,
Ac ugain craig yn gwgu,
Ar wen hon ag oerni hy.

(by G. Gerallt Davies, Ro wen, 1945)


The village has a shop, a hotel " Tir y Coed ", a pub, Y Tŷ Gwyn, a village hall, but the small primary school closed in 2011. There is a youth hostel on the slope a mile to the west of the village. Social housing came to the village in the 1970s - Lanerch Estate.

In the past, however, the village had a greater significance; it had three mills, and several ale houses and inns. It also had a pandy or fulling mill, so woollen cloth must have been made nearby. The village is identified in the Caerhun common enclosure award maps. The award map refers to the creation of the White Hart Road on the mountain above Fotty Gwyn and the roman bridge, possibly related to the old royal mail coaching days (Masters of the Post by Duncan Campbell-Smith, 2011, p.74). There are past associations with cattle droving and fairs. Bulkeley Mill (completed 1684) is one of the notable old mills of the village. One historic source refers to a mountain cloud burst happening above the village with properties being lost (probably mid-1800s).

The village is a popular starting point for hillwalking and mountain biking in northern Snowdonia, especially in the Carneddau mountains.

Nearby are the Roman road route through Bwlch-y-Ddeufaen, with its cromlech Maen-y-Bardd, the neolithic dwelling site Caer Bach and the ancient 12th-century church of Llangelynnin.

Part of the A Family at War series (Granada TV) was filmed in this village.

Rowen Young Farmers - 75yrs - 1938 to 2013.

Read more about Rowen:  Interesting Local Buildings, Some of The People Connected With The Village

Other articles related to "rowen":

Coming Up For Air (Breathing Space Album) - Track Listing
... When I Hold on to You" (Sparnenn/Rowen/Jennings) "On the Blue Horizon" (Sparnenn/Rowen) "Time Tells all the Unknown" (Sparnenn/Jennings) "The Rain Song" (Sparnenn) "The Senses" (Sparnenn/Jennin ...
Rowen, Conwy - Some of The People Connected With The Village
... See stone plaque in village John ( Jack) and Harriet Evans - Tan yr Onnen, Rowen -1938 ... Richard Morris Roberts - Bont Ddu, Rowen ... Katie Brookes - The old Rowen Post Office, 1970s Ms Parry - Rowen primary school teacher 1950s/early 1960s It is understood that Meg Ellis, the writer, has family connections with Llangelynin and the ...
Herbert H. Rowen - Early Life and Education
... Rowen, a teacher, and his wife, Sarah Gordon Rowen, Herbert Rowen was educated entirely in New York City, from his first year in grade school through his doctorate ... Rowen remained with Converters Paper until 1942, when he joined the U.S ... to New York from military service in 1946, Rowen followed his growing interests in languages and took a position as an editorial research assistant with the American College Dictionary at Random House ...
Herbert H. Rowen - Academic Career
... a graduate student in 1950, Brandeis University appointed Rowen an instructor in history ... While attached to Elmira College, Rowen served as visaiting associate Professor at the University of California, Berkeley in 1959-60, just before the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee appointed him a full ... Rowen remained in Milwaukee until 1964, when Rutgers University appointed him professor of history ...
Guggi
... Guggi (born Derek Rowen) is an avant-garde Irish artist, once a member of the goth/post-punk band The Virgin Prunes alongside his close friend Gavin Friday ... He is the older brother of Peter Rowen, a photographer who as a child appeared on many of U2's release covers, and Johnny Rowen, a musician ...