Historic Landscape Characterisation

Caernarfon/Nantlle – Area 31 Foryd PRN 15730


The coastal strip which comprises this area is shown to the left of this view (which looks south), with the Foryd itself in the centre (the fish weir is just visible in the centre towards the bottom).



Historical background

A coastal strip on which there was established a shipping point for Nantlle slate: there is now little trace of the original site.



Key historic landscape characteristics

Low-lying former shipping area, farmhouses

An exposed coastal strip, whose salient points include the isolated part-medieval church of Llanfaglan (SH45546069), a few substantial farmhouses, and the cluster of buildings at Hen Foryd (SH 4531 5878) at the mouth of the Gwyrfai, the traditional shipping point for Nantlle and Moel Tryfan slates in pre-railway days. A number of houses and a lime-kiln survive here, but there is no evident trace of the larger settlement with its pubs and shops that is believed to have flourished here in the eighteenth century. The Llwyn Yn (sic) brickworks was established at Morfa Cwtta in the 1850s and continued to function until the twentieth century. A medieval fish-trap, probably associated with the church at Clynnog, extends out across the mud flats towards the deep water channel. Part of the area now forms an RSPB reserve.


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