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Lost village of Tryweryn becomes visible following heatwave

Credit: Cllr ap Gwynfor

The small village of Capel Celyn, in the Tryweryn valley, has become visible for the first time in decades following the heatwave.

On 21 October, 1965, the village disappeared under 70 billion litres of water.

The 67 residents were forced to move out after Parliament passed a law allowing Liverpool to flood the valley including a school, chapel and 12 farms to create a new water supply.

It made the community homeless.

Cllr Mabon ap Gwynfor visited the village and discovered the remains had become visible because of the recent hot weather.

Rusted door bolts can now be seen. Credit: Cllr ap Gwynfor

It was a poignant experience walking the dry slopes of Tryweryn Valley seeing the ruins Capel Celyn, drowned in order to provide water to Liverpool.

There's still some water left in the reservoir but Capel Celyn and some of the farms are starting to resurface.

Even though we have had some rain recently, if it does stay dry then we could possible see the whole village.

Hedgerow stumps are visible and the old tarmacked road on the northern side of the valley is walkable in parts.

– Cllr ap Gwynfor
Hedgerow stumps have become visible. Credit: Cllr ap Gwynfor

One picture is a little bit special. It shows the name of the farm, Garnedd Lwyd, and just in front of the stone with the name lie the floor slates. It looked an awful lot like a grave, and I felt that it was somehow.

It was emotional for me, it was knowing that people lived there and that it was once a thriving village and community, it's important that we don't forget.

– Cllr ap Gwynfor
Sign showing the name of the farm. Credit: Cllr ap Gwynfor

The events of Tryweryn were said to awaken the nationalist cause for a generation of people in Wales.

Former Plaid Cymru leader Lord Dafydd Wigley said it made Wales realise it needed its own parliament to ensure it would never happen again.

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