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Hawl i grwydro (freedom to roam)

April 21, 2015

Always pleased to see a mention of Bryce.

CampaignerKate

I was in Oriel College, Oxford, last week and passed this portrait of college fellow James Bryce, by George Reid, on the stairs.  When he was MP for South Aberdeen, James Bryce promoted his Access to Mountains Bill (1884). Unfortunately, although he reintroduced it many times, it never became an act.

James Bryce by George Reid James Bryce by George Reid

His efforts were followed by those of the Liberal MP for Meirionnydd,  north Wales, Tom Ellis.  In 1888 he introduced The Mountain-Access and Footpath Bill for Wales.  He was private secretary to John Brunner who was at that time treasurer of the Commons Preservation Society and MP for Northwich in Cheshire.

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I was interested to find an article in The Spectator archive, somewhat to the left of where it is now, which reports on Ellis’s bill.

The Elan Valley near Rhayader: public access was won here in 1892. Photo: Liz Fleming-Williams The Elan Valley near Rhayader: public access was won here in 1892. Photo: Liz Fleming-Williams

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