Snippets I

Marjorie’s Cottage,

On 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.

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The little shoe at Seaview,

Whilst 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 new house.


The Postman’s rest hut,

At 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.


Tom The Post.

Tom 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.

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William Roberts’s arm,

William 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 lived.

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Sion Twnti’s Cave.

This 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.

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Din Dywydd (Township)

The 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.


Black Manes Well.

In 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.


Rhiw 1653.

In 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.



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