National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales preserves and celebrates the sound and moving image heritage of Wales, making it accessible to a wide range of users for enjoyment and learning. Its film collection reflects every aspect of the nation’s social, cultural and working life across the 20th century, giving a fascinating insight into Welsh filmmaking, both amateur and professional.
This film is part of Free
Visit to North Wales
Let the Rev. Albert Knowles of Grindleton be your guide to the attractive and interesting places of north Wales e.g. Llanystumdwy, Harlech and Aberdaron.
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The Rev. Albert Knowles, a clergyman who lived at least the latter part of his life in Grindleton, Clitheroe, Lancashire, commences his tour, which is structured for the viewer by use of a road map and inter-titles, in Cricieth. He then visits Llanystumdwy (David Lloyd George's childhood home and resting place), Aberdaron, Caernarfon, Beddgelert (where lies the faithful hound, Gelert), Porthmadog, Portmeirion and Harlech.
The story of Gelert is a tale of true loyalty questioned, found wanting and dealt with accordingly but only when ‘justice’ has been meted out do the true facts emerge. Gelert, guarding the son of his master, Llywelyn the Great, Prince of Gwynedd, fought courageously to protect the boy from a roving wolf. Arriving on the scene, Llywelyn found a bloody-mouthed Gelert and no child. Devastated, he took his sword and slew his trusted hound, minutes later finding the body of the dead wolf and his son alive and unharmed. As Llywelyn found, reacting in haste can lead to much repenting at leisure.