James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants

The Diary of Thomas Jones

For a few weeks in 1845-46 a constable called Thomas Jones was stationed with James Owen at Llanidloes. Constables had to be able to read and write and be of irreproachable character and connections and were required to keep a journal – fortunately for Constable Jones, there were no spelling or grammatical requirements (see later extracts!). His journal, in which the name of his colleague James Owen often appears, is now in the Powys Family History Centre.

Diary: New Inn

The journal was hand-written and not always very legible or grammatically correct but it provides an insight into James’s daily routine; quotations from it are as written.

The extract (above) mentions Edward George of the New Inn, as does the one on the next page.