Flooding the Tryweryn Valley

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History of the 1965 flooding of the Tryweryn valley to provide a reservoir for Liverpool.

In 1956, Liverpool City Council announced that they were considering drowning a valley in north Wales, the Tryweryn valley near Bala, in order to provide a new reservoir and to improve their water supply. This valley included the village of Capel Celyn, one of the last monoglot Welsh villages. Despite huge protests from many parts of Wales the whole valley was drowned in 1965.
From: The Story of Welsh On the Brink
First broadcast : 05 February 2003

Teachers' notes

Age Group : 11-14

Subject : History

Topic : Twentieth century world

Keywords : Culture and beliefs, Tryweryn, Capel Celyn, Water industry, Reservoir, Drowned valley

Notes : How significant was the drowning of Capel Celyn? Was the drowning of Capel Celyn a turning point in the Welsh language? Was Saunders Lewis's lecture a turning point in the history of the Welsh language?


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