Day 183 Mile 183. USA Run Around the Block. Due to the rich tapestry of life today finds me in the Flintshire village of Caerwys. Caerwys is mentioned in the Domesday Book as a small market town. Contained within the church is the cover slab of a tomb reputed to have been that of Elizabeth Ferrers, the wife of Dafydd ap Gruffudd, the prince of Wales in the 13th century, not very American granted but sray with me.
Suprisingly the town has strong connections to Philadelphia. Local surgeon, Thomas Wynne, sailed to America on the ship ‘Welcome’ in 1682 with William Penn. Wynne was one of the founding fathers of Philadelphia and became the first speaker of the Provisional Assembly, as well as a judge. Partly because of this the original street plan of Philadelphia was designed on the street pattern of Caerwys.
It’s an intriguing place. The middle of the village seems to be set out in a block/grid system; strikingly at odds with most old villages in the UK which generally seem to be governed by geography, where the rise of a hill or the bank of a river forms natural and irregular quirks in almost every habitation. In addition the local stone makes many of the old buildigs appear more like somewhere from Dorset or the Costwald hills than Wales adding to a feeling of slightly out of kilter. It’s also very hot and someone has clearly been muck spreading on he fields which adds a certain atmosphere all by itself!
I’m running a mile each day everyday for 2017. If you feel you can sponsor me please do, as all the money raised will go to the Cleft Lip & Palate Association (CLAPA) who provide services all across the UK to support people affected by it.
Distance: 1713.1 meters recorded
(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)
Thanks as ever for all the support!