Marians on The Mawddach

An English school’s love affair with a beautiful estuary in Wales

In one eventful weekend in November  1963, the President of the United States was assassinated, The Beatles launched their second album, Dr Who exited his Police Box to confront the Daleks for the first time and a convoy of Walsall grammar school boys arrived on the Mawddach to spend their first weekend at Farchynys. This was Queen Mary’s newly acquired adventure centre, an old coach house on the Mawddach estuary lying in the shadow of Cadair Idris, just 4 miles from Barmouth and its iconic railway bridge.

Every week for the following fifty years, successive generations of QM folk have made the hundred mile journey to the coast and have promptly fallen in love with this special place, discovering that estuaries can be wonderfully productive eco-systems for personal growth. Marians on the Mawddach tells the stories of pupils and their teachers and also of the people they meet as they explore this highly contrasting landscape to their home in Walsall.

Marians on the Mawddach 

A Social History of Farchynys, The Welsh Centre of Queen Mary’s Grammar School, Walsall

Conceived and compiled by Paul Christopher Walton

See more at http://mariansonthemaddach.com

Published, May 2017 by Strategol Publishing @Strategolpub     #MariansontheMawddachbeautifulestuary

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