HISTORY OF LLANFIHANGEL Y PENNANT
Cader Idris - the Ice Age Beauty
There is a magic about this valley. Everywhere the shifting colours and shapes are amazing as are the peace and tranquility.
We are standing on a famous fault line in this area: The Bala Fault which runs through Cardigan Bay to North Pembrokeshire. The glaciers of many Ice Ages came along and re-shaped and sculpted the landscape into the calm beauties of our present lovely valley.
Craig yr Aderyn (known as Bird Rock) shows evidence of the Bronze Age and the Iron Age so is more than a treasured feature of the landscape. Hut circles can be seen, typical of the people of the Bronze Age with a walled enclosure like a fort at the top most probably for protecting animals.
Culture has always been strong in the area with drama companies, a Brass Band and among the quarry workers there were excellent musicans which continues today as Abergynolwyn Silver Band continues to flourish as well as the Dysynni Male Voice Choir.
Dr William Owen Pughe (1759 -1835) was the foremost in the Welsh language - a great professor of words for the Welsh dictionary. A plaque is to be seen on the farmhouse Ty'n Bryn in the valley.
The importance of the Welsh language cannot be emphasised enough.
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