Discover the history of Abergwyngregyn from the delightful Y Bera
For lovers of history this quirky little house just couldn’t be in a better location. The house itself was once the site of the village post office. Y Bera was built behind it and the post office shed was later demolished. It’s now a sunny warm little house where you can enjoy the delights of the surrounding beautiful scenery and investigate the local history at your leisure.
Abergwyngregyn (Aber as it’s known) once had an important llys (court) of the medieval princes of Gwynedd, one of the centres at which they regularly stayed as they moved around their lands. Traces of the presence of the Llys can still be detected in the village and the surrounding landscape, Aber was a favourite of Gwynedd’s princes, and there are indications that a number of important events occurred there.
Just behind Y Bera is a strange grassy mound thought to be a motte, the base of a timber castle. It is probably Norman although native mottes are known. The Normans built mottes at centres of native power in Gwynedd; there were campaigns in this area in the 1080s and 1090s.
An Iron Age hillfort, Maes y Gaer, is perched above you to the north of the village. An ancient route from the Conwy Valley over the mountains came down to Aber and continued across the tidal sands to Anglesey. This crossing was busy until the building of Telford’s Menai Bridge in the early nineteenth century. The positions of the hillfort, motte and Llys might all be partly explained by Aber’s strategic position.
No visit to the village is complete without a walk up to the stunning Aber falls, keep an eye out for the site of an Iron Age roundhouse upon which a grain-drying kiln was constructed in the Middle Ages. The long history of the site was revealed in recent archaeological excavations.
Debbie and Bill the owners of Y Bera have plenty more information in their lovely cottage, including links to websites and historical walks in the area.