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Tyddyn Talgoch, Abersoch, North Wales

A traditional farmhouse – sleeps 10 – set in a quiet location with superb unobstructed views over the beautiful bay of Abersoch, and featuring stunning views of the Lleyn Peninsula, Cardigan Bay, and onwards to the mountains of Snowdon and the Snowdonia National Park.
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Web-Site www.abersochfarmhouse.co.uk

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Address:

Abersoch Farmhouse

Tyddyn Talgoch Uchaf.

Bwlchtocyn. 
Nr Abersoch

Gwynedd

LL53 7BT

Telephone: 01758712285

Mobile: 07789 390808 


E-mail: info@abersochfarmhouse.co.uk


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Wales

27 March 2012

Porthdinllaen, Llyn Peninsula. North Wales

Short History of Bardsey Island. North Wales


The island was inhabited in neolithic times, and traces of hut circles remain. During the fifth century the island became a refuge for persecuted Christians, and a small Celtic monastery existed. In 516 Saint Cadfan arrived from Brittany and, under his guidance St Mary's Abbey was built. For centuries the island was important as "the holy place of burial for all the bravest and best in the land". Bards called it "the land of indulgences, absolution and pardon, the road to Heaven, and the gate to Paradise", and in medieval times three pilgrimages to Bardsey Island were considered to be of equivalent benefit to the soul as one to Rome. In 1 188 the abbey was still a Celtic institution, but by 1212 it belonged to the Augustinians. Many people still walk the journey to Aberdaron and Uwchmynydd each year in the footsteps of the saints, although today only ruins of the old abbey's 13th century bell tower remain. A Celtic cross amidst the ruins commemorates the 20,000 saints reputed to be buried on the island.
Saint Deiniol, the bishop of Bangor, was buried on the island in 584. Saint Dyfrig was also buried on Bardsey Island, although in 1120 his remains were transferred to Llandaff.[
A gnarled and twisted apple tree, growing by the side of Plas Bach, is believed to be the only survivor of an orchard that was tended by the monks who lived there a thousand years ago. In 1998, experts on the varieties of British apples at the National Fruit Collection in Brogdale stated that they believed the strain, the Bardsey Apple (Welsh: Afal Enlli), to be the only one in the world. Cuttings from the tree have been planted so that they can be sold to raise funds for the Bardsey Island Trust.[
St Mary's Abbey was demolished in 1537 on the orders of Henry VIII. Items from the abbey were taken to Llanengan to be used in the new parish church.
The Dissolution of the Lesser Monasteries Act of 1536, on the orders of Henry VIII, resulted in St Mary's Abbey being dissolved and its buildings demolished in 1537. The choir stalls, two screens and the bells were transferred to Llanengan, where the parish church was then being built.
For many years Bardsey Island formed part of the Newborough Estate, and between 1870 and 1875 the island's farms were rebuilt; a small limestone quarry was opened, and a lime kiln constructed. Carreg and Plas Bach are separate buildings, but the remaining eight were built as semi-detached houses, each pair with outbuildings set around a shared yard. The buildings are Grade II listed and, in 2008, Cadw approved a grant of £15,000 to cover the first phase of repairs. Only one of the original croglofft cottages, Carreg Bach, survives. Given the choice of a harbour or a new church, in 1875 the islanders asked the estate to provide a place of worship; a Methodist chapel was built.[4]
The island had a population of 132 in 1881; by 1961 it had fallen to 17. The island's small school, opened in a former chapel in 1919, closed in 1953; and by 2003 the population was down to 4.

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