Historic Landscape Characterisation

Caernarfon/Nantlle – Area 33 Rhyd Ddu PRN 15732


The Cwellyn Arms stands in the centre of this nineteenth century settlement, described by Stephen Gregory in the novel The Cormorant.



Historical background

A nineteenth-century slate quarry village, associated with the bard T H Parry-Williams.

Key historic landscape characteristics

Industrial ribbon settlement

A community which grew up, principally along the road, to serve the slate quarries at Glanrafon, Clogwyn y Gwin, and Llyn y Gadair, and which formed a station on the North Wales Narrow Gauge Railway/Welsh Highland Railway, now in process of revival. Buildings are mainly nineteenth-century terraces, with some larger houses for teachers and ministers. The village, and the Cwellyn Arms public house in particular, forms a popular starting-point for climbers and walkers tackling Snowdon and the Nantlle ridge.



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