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Byng's Journal Of a Tour into South Wales, 1787 

Colonel John Byng was formerly a lieutenant-colonel in the 1st Foot Guards (or Grenadier Guards) and, at the time of the travels, the holder of an official appointment in the Stamp Office. His journeys were made on horseback, it could take over seven hours to ride twenty miles --- the progress in Wales could be slower. These tours are considered a last picture of pre-industrial England and Wales.

Here is a small collection of 'extracts of interest' compiled by Steve Keates.

Part I

Tuesday July 31, 1787

Riding from Newport to Cardiff, part of his entry reads....

Wednesday, August 1, 1787

Following a description of the Cathedral at Landaff he writes....

He also makes the observation that....

Part II

Cardiff to Newbridge

Thursday, August 2 1787...(Leaving Cardiff)

From Newbridge they return via Castle Coch and Byng makes an observation about the Welsh language.......

Saturday, August 4 1787

However they ride on, coming to a copper works......

Sunday, August 5 1787

Monday, August 6 1787

Tuesday, August 7  1787

His tour continued up to Brecon where he discussed Mrs Siddons' place of birth (Brecon) with a landlord of that town.

Steve Keates Sept 2000

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