Historic Landscape Characterisation

Creuddyn and Arllechwedd – Area 19 Coed Dolgarrog PRN 15821


SH 765668 looking north-west. Showing the steep western side of the Conwy valley, with Coed Dolgarrog (area 19) in the centre of the photograph, the settlement of Dolgarrog (area 18) at the bottom of the slope, the Alltwyllt (area 21) towards centre right, the flat valley bottom (area 17) in the foreground and the enclosed upland landscape (mainly 2008) beyond.



Historical background

The steep wooded slopes of Coed Dolgarrog have probably been commercially exploited since at least monastic times. A ‘Coyde Imynoghe' (Coed y Mynach) was one of the parcels of land offered for sale after the dissolution, and documents from the reign of Elizabeth I refer to the timber in the vicinity of Maenan Abbey. A timber saw-mill was established in 1855 near the foot of the Afon Ddu falls. A pandy (fulling mill) was in existence here by the sixteenth century, possibly since monastic times, and a textile factory was established here in 1808.


Key historic landscape characteristics

Ancient woodland, water management features, path

An east-facing slope, covered with broad-leaved woodland. A number of features connected with twentieth-century water-catchment survive, including leats, pipelines and the course of a service railway. The zigzag pathway through the southern part of the area from Pont Dolgarrog may be monastic in origin.


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