Llanfyllin and district
Lake Vyrnwy
  The lost village of Llanwddyn  

In order to create the large lake for Liverpool's water supply, the valley of the River Vyrnwy had to be closed off by the huge stone dam. The whole valley behind the dam was to be flooded, and this valley contained the old village of Llanwddyn.
Work on the dam building project began in 1881, and for the next eight years the dam wall at the bottom of the valley was steadily getting higher while the people living in the village went about their everyday lives.

The lost
village of
Old Llanwddyn village

The old engraving above shows the post office and the Cross Guns Inn in the heart of the original village shortly before the flooding of Llanwyddn churchthe valley. The parish church (shown below), two chapels, three inns, ten farmhouses, and 37 houses were all to be lost under the rising waters.
A new settlement was built lower down the valley by the Liverpool Corporation before the flooding for the people who lost their homes.
The buildings of the old village were knocked down after the people moved out, and even the remains of the dead were removed from the churchyard and reburied next to the new church.
There are more pictures of the valley before it was flooded on the next page...

More about the Vyrnwy valley...


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