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Cymdeithas Hanes Eifionydd Criccieth History Society

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The Chairman & Committee of Cymdeithas Hanes Eifionydd-Criccieth History Society would like to welcome you all to our meetings.
The history society meets every second Wednesday in the month at Capel Y Traeth Criccieth at 7.30p.m

All who are interested in local history are welcome to attend.

The society is based in Criccieth and meets once a month in the church hall of Capel y Traeth
The society was formed late in 1996 as the result of the wishes of a group of local history enthusiasts.
A public meeting was arranged by Keith Houghton and friends and a steering group was set up, whose loose terms of reference were to arrange talks and activities related to local history or archaeology. Our society is now in its second Decade. Membership currently stands at 51
If you are not on our list or for those who would like to become members
The fees are £5 per year for single and £7.50 per couple
Membership forms may be obtained from The Secretary or The chairman.
Or print and return the Membership enrolment form with the appropriate fee .

Programme  2020-2021

It is about now in the calendar of things that we plan for Criccieth History Society’s new season. But this year we face new challenges. The outbreak of Covid-19 and the restrictions that has placed upon us means that it would be difficult to maintain the social distancing measures, plus the closure of Capel y Traeth [at least for the time being] puts any meetings out of bounds. Not withstanding the question of speakers and their willingness or abilty to give us talks is another burden.
We have considered technology, Zoom meetings and Talks for example but we do not think that will work for us. So for the time being the committee have decided to suspend our activities until at least the new year when we will evaluate and re-assess the situation.  

Walks book Extracts 

Some items from our book



Much of Criccieth, as it can be seen today, came into being with two major innovations in communication. The first of these was the turnpike road running from Tremadog to Porthdinllaen, the proposed principal harbour for Ireland, in 1807; and the second, the railway in 1868, which placed the town on the map as a Victorian seaside resort.

However, from far further back in history come the two main sites in Criccieth, the castle and the church. They are situated at a surprising distance from each other, one third of a mile, thus suggesting perhaps that the foundation of each was originally unconnected........

As we ascend Lôn Felin, notice on the left a small whitewashed seventeenth century cottage called Ty’r Felin (13), taking its name from the mill across the road. Next door can be seen the pink-stuccoed ‘Foinavon’ (14), once owned by the Bird’s Custard family, the name apparently deriving from a Grand National winner of that name


.....Across the Maes an early eighteenth century detached stone house known as Caffi Cwrt (4) formerly Cwrt ‘court’, and earlier again known as Tyddyn y Groes ger y Maes Glâs. It appears that the burgesses held court here when rain prevented them from meeting at their usual place on the bridge. This house has been owned by just two families since 1729 and is famed for its home baking. Two medieval strip fields, Llain Fawr ‘large strip’ and Llain Bella ‘furthest strip’, to the rear and left, used to form most of the smallholding of Cwrt up to c.1800 but are now under the railway. Immediately to the left of Caffi Cwrt, where the slate shop now stands, there used to be a smithy. 




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