A glimpse of our street’s namesake

Sheep grazing on the Pyranees foothills of Roncesvalles in Spain.

Sheep grazing on the Pyrenees foothills of Roncesvalles in Spain. Photo: Ed Lamb

Local history buffs may know that our main street was named by  Col. Walter O’Hara after the Battle of Roncesvalles, which took place in the Roncesvalles gorge in Spain in 1813, in which he led a regiment that fought against the retreating army of Napoleon.

Here we’ve posted a few photos and a bit of history provided by our newest Roncy Sweeps volunteer, Ed Lamb, from his travels through Roncesvalles in Spain.

Ed points out that in the Pyrenees Roncesvalles of today “there is absolutely no village, no neighbourhood(s), only a large old hostal building, including a church.  There are also two small hotels – the staff would live in local villages or in more distant Pamplona. The setting is wonderful in the foothills of the Pyrenees.  (An earlier) …battle in 788 was as a result of Charlemagne’s attempt to push the Moors out of Europe.  He failed miserably.  The pass of Roncesvalles is one of only a few ways of penetrating these mountains.”

Ed has also posted a simple panoramic video of Roncesvalles in Spain on YouTube.

To see historic photos of our street and the area, see Years Gone By: A Photo Essay of Roncesvalles Village.

For more local history, connect with The Roncesvalles Village Historical Society on facebook.