Ghosts on the Seashore

There are couple of folk stories relating to the rocks and caves at the bottom of the cliffs at Borth. One version is centred on Twll Ladi Wen (White Lady's Cave), where an apparition of a woman dressed in white was reported by the fishermen of old, and the other is sited at Ogof y Delyn (Harp Cave), where a mermaid was once seen, sitting on the rocks, brushing her hair. Sightings of a Ladi Wen were not uncommon in Wales, and there's a report of another such apparition not far away near Taliesin.

Uppingham School's Temporary Residence in Borth

Uppingham School, in Rutland, had a long and distinguished history but faded fame and fortune before Edward Thring (1821-87) became master. He successfully developed it into one of the foremost of England's public schools. In 1876/7, a typhoid epidemic threatened the health of his pupils, so he promptly upped sticks and moved the entire school of 300 boys, plus 30 masters and their families, to Borth for a period of 14 months, taking over the disused Cambrian Hotel and a large number of boarding-houses. Despite all manner of problems, the venture turned out to be a great success, and the school has never forgotten the debt it owes to Borth. Two inscribed stone benches on the slopes below the church provide a simple reminder of the adventure, and some time later a stained glass window was installed in St. Matthew's church to commemorate the event. Uppingham School still celebrates with an annual Borth Commemoration Service. Edward Thring produced "Borth Lyrics, poems and translations" in 1887, and an ex-pupil and later assistant master at Uppingham, John Huntley Skrine, published a book in 1878 entitled "Uppingham by the Sea - A Narrative of the Year at Borth". This was reprinted in 1908 and1930. I've managed to find a copy, and it's a fine piece of social history, highlighting the vast differences between the two societies that came together under such odd circumstances - one the "sons of English gentlemen" and the other the country folk of Borth. But they found something in common, both sides growing fond of each other, and there was great sadness when they had ultimately to part. As of March 2006, the entire text of the book was published on-line, at http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/1/8/0/3/18036/18036-h/18036-h.htm

Rachel's Dairy

How many realise that the "Rachel's Dairy" brand originated from Brynllys farm, near Borth? In 1952, under the ownership of Rachel Rowlands's grandparents, it became the first certified organic farm in Britain (I didn't know the word was even applied to farming back then) and 30 years later they started producing cream and yoghurt. In the 1960s production was shifted to a modern dairy in Aberystwyth and it continued to expand its range until in 1999 a US company, Horizon, took it over in a multi-million pound deal, keeping the name and retaining Rachel and her husband Gareth as consultants. Rachel was awarded an MBE in 1997, holds the post of Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed, and was appointed the first True Taste Food Ambassador for Wales by the Welsh Development Agency in November 2002.