the headland at Penarfynydd there’s a rock known as ‘Marjorie’s
Cottage’. When the rock is seen from the vicinity of Llawenan it looks like a
cottage with a chimney. Legend has it that if the chimney is not to be seen then
bad luck and tragedy will fall on Penarfynydd Farm, over the years all the
tenants of Penarfynydd have always placed stones on the rock to ensure that
the chimney can be seen.
The little shoe at Seaview,
carrying out renovations at Seaview the new owners Eifion and Viv Williams, came
across a little shoe hidden in the chimney breast. Years ago it was traditional
for buildres to place such items hidden away in order to bring good luck to the
Postman’s rest hut,
the corner of the garden of Y Ffor the Postman used to have a little hut, where
he would rest and wait for the afternoon collection to take to Pwllheli.. The
postman would deliver mail, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on the western
side of the mountain and to the eastern side the other three days.
the Postman delivered mail by motor bike and when he delivered mail to Bodwyddog
farm he would enter the kitchen drive around the kitchen table drop the post and
ride out again!!! He also made a cart to tow behind the bike so he would be able
to carry hay to the sheep and cattle.
Roberts Ty Rhyd had an accident whilst working in Rhiw mines, he lost his arm
and it was buried in Llanfaelrhys churchyard. Years later when he died his body
was buried at Nebo Chapel graveyard. The compensation he received for loosing
his arm wasn’t money but grazing rights on Mynydd y Graig for as long as he
was a bolt hole that this man used when the Militia wanted his help with their
inquiries. It seems that he was not above stealing the odd sheep, probably to
feed his family. When in hiding, his good wife would bring him food during the
night, so that he would survive.
township of Din Dywydd stands on around six acres of land (On the northern side
of Rhiw), although not much evidence remains now. It was said that a wandering
poet came by the town late one afternoon and asked for shelter overnight, but
one by one each house refused him apart from one house which was just outside
the town. In his anger he cursed the town and during the night the town was
ablaze and all the residents perished. The house that gave him shelter was
called Ty Einion ( Einion’s House ) now known as Ty Engan. It was the home of
Einion of Lleyn or King Einion he ruled this part of Llyn in the 6th century. He
was the son of Owain Danwyn, son of Einion Yrth, son of Cunedda Wledig. It is
said that he established Llanengan, Penmon college on Anglesey and the monastry
at Bardsey, and is listed amongst the early celtic saints , he is commemorated
on February the 9th.
olden times one of the monks came on horseback to cross over to Bardsey. He left
his horse in the field at Ysgo known as Cae Bryn Tywod, but there wasn’t any
water there for the horse. So the monk prayed and when he returned there was a
spring there. The well was named after his horse “Black Mane”. The well is
still referred to as “Black Mane’s Well” to this very day.
April 1653 the people of Rhiw had a petition, complaining about the bridge at
Towyn, Llangian. Expressing their concern about the dangerous state it was in,
as it was hampering their journey to Pwllheli.