"v. Yelin"

Name of traveller

Julius Konrad Ritter von Yelin (1771-1826)

Reason for travel

  • study of industry and industrial architecture

Date of travel

November 1825

Über u. um die vormals sehr gefährliche Pen-man-mawr [sic] ist nun ein meisterlicher Weeg [sic] gemacht, dem furchtsamen Reisenden immer noch erschreklich [sic] genug, wie wohl vollkommen sicher. (Yelin 1066)


  • agriculture: observes the day and night grazing of cattle in pastures during November
  • architecture:
    • describes the ongoing construction of the Conwy Suspension Bridge and personal inspection of the various iron parts
    • praises the Menai Suspension Bridge as a new wonder of national greatness shortly before its completion; not yet open to the public
    • compares the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct with Roman architecture
  • industry: inspection of the copper mine near Parys Mountain on Anglesey
  • language: some notes on how to pronounce Welsh place names
  • people:
    • letters written to Karl Maria Ehrenbert von Moll (1760-1838)
    • meets the accommodating chief engineer who supervises the construction of the Menai Suspension Bridge
  • terrain:
    • impressed by the unexpectedly rich vegetation between Holywell and Bangor
    • terrain of north Wales varies between wilderness and splendour
  • transport:
    • brief reference to the dangers of travelling across the Conwy estuary in winter
    • praises the new, perfectly safe road between Conwy and Penmaenmawr
    • observes large sailing boats being able to pass under the Menai Suspension Bridge
    • turbulent weather prevents the crossing by ferry to Ireland
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[Yelin, Julius Konrad von]. " v. Yelin." Des Freiherrn Carl Erenbert von Moll Mittheilungen aus seinem Briefwechsel. Prodromus seiner Selbstbiografie MSC. (in 50 Abdrücken). IVte und letzte Abteil. W-Z, u. Nachtrag. Ed. [K]arl [Maria] E[h]renbert von Moll. Vol. 4. Augsburg: Albr. Volkhart'sche Schriften, 1835. 1012-71. Print.