Hartley Town in 1846
  The Albion Inn was run  John Tait when the correspondent stayed there in in 1846. 

 John Tait had been running the inn since 1843 and obviously by the text of the letter, was providing an excellent first class establishment.

Albion Inn in 1872  (Holterman collection)         Albion Inn after restoration by National Parks    

The township of Hartley  with the large white building in the centre  opposite the church being the Albion. 


HARTLEY - (From a Correspondent.)

I passed the other day through that very picturesque township in the Vale of Clwyd, Hartley. It has improved very considerably since my last visit to that line of road. A considerable number of industrious and respectable settlers are clustered around the township, which of itself from its exceedingly pretty situation, pure air, and the accommodation which a good hotel affords, offers every inducement to a traveller, like myself, to rest him self on a tiresome journey from Sydney to Bathurst. Shall I not take mine eau at mine inn " said I to myself, as I alighted at the very comfortable inn kept by Mr. Tait; and I did take mine eau accordingly, and very seldom have I had an opportunity of enjoying myself more.

 The evening I arrived was stormy; and before the well cooked and well served petit supper of Mrs. Tait, very few men would have done otherwise. The following day was Sunday, and I made it a day of rest, both for horse and man. The people were full of the races, which had just taken place, and had been exceedingly well attended. In the evening I walked up to the other end of the township, and was equally surprised by the improvement there; an elegant Catholic chapel has been built of fine stone, it wants only the windows and some interior fittings to be complete, it is constructed, in a style which reflects' very great credit on the architect, Mr. Binning. 'The chapel, and its pretty cross, has an exceedingly pretty effect as it broach's on the view from the road beyond Hartley, where it glances amongst the trees, by which the township is belted, sometimes lost,, and as often again brought into view by some unexpected turn of the road as you mount the hill. The district is indebted for this chapel mainly to the liberal donations of the Messrs. Grant, father and son, of each of whom may be well said with reference to this chapel, exegit monumen tum eare perennius. The other inhabitants of this peaceful little district have also, I was informed, subscribed  very liberally towards the edifice, which I trust will soon contain all that is necessary for the celebration of Divine Worship. 1 found also under the lee of the chapel, its proper site, a little bush-roofed, white-washed hut, in which the schoolmaster (for he also is abroad in the district) has set up his staff, and truly I had more than once bethought me on that day that some such personage must have existence there, seeing that where I had been encumbered by the rude staring or the vulgar jeers of some group of bush bred damsels, I now met with a well bred curtsey, or a smiling bow. I was told the school was going-ahead. 1 walked that day further than for many months it has been my lot to walk in New South Wales, and was generally pleased by the appearance of industry and well doing of the place. The people, no matter of what religious persuasion, appeared united and contented and  I was informed by many of the residents that a more peaceable, well managed district could not be found in the Colony.' Stores of all sorts were cheap, and at the store in the township contrary to my expectation, for I know what country stores generally are, I found that all the necessaries of life were to be obtained at a very little more than the Sydney prices.  I quitted Hartley next morning with regret for I consider time spent profitably, which is spent in the contemplation of so prosperous a little community-nor could  I avoid as I rode away, thanking, internally, the officer who superintends the gang employed on the roads; for few better mountain roads' could be found that  which passes through the township.