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Eccentric gardener's 'shed life'
Clarence Hamilton Creasey
Clarence Hamilton Creasey had his leg amputated because of his diabetes
The life of an eccentric gardener and writer, who knew HG Wells and once lived for years in a shed, is being celebrated in an exhibition in Conwy.

Clarence Hamilton Creasey moved to Llangernyw in 1929 and lived in his "hut" to cultivate his dream garden.

"He enhanced life in the village and is remembered with affection here," said his grandaughter Pamela Harris.

The show at the Sir Henry Jones Museum in the village runs from 4 August until the end of September.

It includes many of his writing, books, photographs and letters.

Ms Harris, who is tending a garden of her own in his memory, Glog Ddu, said she was delighted with the display.

"It's terribly exciting, I always knew he was a very clever man and he was a friend of HG Wells."

Clarence Hamilton Creasey's hut
Mr Creasey spent all of his time in the hut

To mark the coronation of George VI in 1937, Mr Creasey organised the planting of trees and the creation of a rockery in Llangernyw.

Born in Salford in 1874, Mr Creasey, became a science teacher, then the youngest principal of a technical school and later a schools' inspector.

Approaching retirement, Ms Harris said her grandfather seemed to have had some sort of mid-life crisis and decided to move to Llangernyw in 1929.

His intention was to create the garden of his dreams on the side of an abandoned slate quarry.

The focal point was a waterfall and he planted rare and newly introduced plants including many Acers, Rhododendrons and other acid-loving plants, many of Himalayan origin.

Pamela Harris
Pamela Harris curated the exhibition of her grandfather's collection

But this move came at some cost to his family as the land was rented and had no house.

He solved this problem by building a shed known as "the hut", in which he lived for a number of years while his wife Nell and his youngest of five sons, Ron moved to St Asaph.

During this time he designed and built a hydraulic ram at the bottom of the garden in order to pump up spring water for drinking.

This water was also piped up to a large tank in the garden of an adjacent property and was for the use of the village in case of water shortages in dry summers.

The exhibition will contain many documents and photographs that Ms Harris found in her grandfather's trunk.

"I started to piece things together, the photographs in the albums were all dated," she said.

"A lot of his writings and books, photos, letters from my grandmother will be included."

They include hand-tinted photographs of the rockery and the accompanying booklet he wrote describing the exercise and the trees planted, printed in May 1938.


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