UPDATE: After further research, it became apparent that this video couldn’t be Capel Celyn due to the fact that the town was demolished before they put the water in.
its not tryweryn, the chapel was bulldozed and the graveyard cemented over,more than likely its from underneath lake vyrnnwy
The underwater views in this video are neither Tryweryn or Lake Vyrnwy – I was able to walk down into both lakes during the dry summer of 1995 and through the remains of both the village of Capel Celyn (Tryweryn) and the old village of Llanwddyn (Lake Vyrnwy), and there are certainly no walls or buildings left standing – although I was able to walk across the bridges in both villages – these being the only structures left standing.
For those of you who don’t know:
Capel Celyn was a rural community to the north west of Bala in north Wales, in the Afon Tryweryn Valley that was flooded to create a reservoir, Llyn Celyn, to supply Liverpool and The Wirral, with water for industry. The village contained, among other things, a chapel, as the name of the community suggests.
The video really choked me up for some reason. The fact that there are still buildings under there, to me is frightening.
A few months ago I got the chance to see the lake and the village’s memorial. I still find it such a striking symbol. Amazing that such a thing was allowed to happen.
I also went to see a Welsh play called Porth Y Byddar. This is perhaps the reason why recently, any mention of this hits me particularly hard.
The play really captured what it is to be part of a Welsh village, something which I have never experienced, but have a taste for when I return to Wales. No part of my upbringing has occured in Wales (minus countless holidays) so it’s amazing that these things remain so close to my heart.
The play also portrayed a time (50s) where to go to church was a norm, and the worship of God seemed to be more highly respected.
Characters were brought out beautifully in the play, which made the fact that their homes were drowned all the more upsetting, particuarly one mother who had lost her son to a drowning accident, having to move his body.
I’d love to see more media on the net on this, I will keep on my search; watch this space.
*The music in the video could not be more appropriate, it is Dan y Dŵr by Enya, which means Under the Water in Welsh.
Another appropriate track would be Dŵr by Huw Jones, which is actually about the drowning Capel Celyn.