Nantlle Valley History

Pant Glas


A Brief History of the Village

The area is rich in prehistoric sites and Nantcyll is mentioned in the Fourth Branch of the Mabinogion as the place where a battle was fought between the men of Dyfed and Gwynedd. Nantcall is now part of the names of three farms on the outskirts of the village.

In Nancall Uchaf, the world famous singer Bryn Terfel was raised. He began his musical career in the Glannau Dwyfach Joint Festival between the chapels of Pant-glas, Bwlchderwin, Bryncir and Brynengan - where his great-grandfather Richard Jones, Y Gaerwen, was the precentor.

Opposite the old inn, the road leads to the former railway station on the LMS line that, until 1964, ran between Caernarfon and Afon-wen. Its course is now the cycle track and footpath known as Lôn Eifion which stretches some fourteen miles from Caernarfon to Bryncir.

Sheltering Pant-glas towards the south is Moel Derwin and on the slopes beneath it is Bryn Derwin. There, in 1255, Llywelyn II won a battle agaist his brothers Owain and Dafydd. Many field names in the area reflect its military past.

To the north is Mynydd Graig Goch. Running parallel to the new road (A458) is the old post road between Garndolbenmaen and Nasareth. Beside this road, on the further side of Nancall Uchaf on the land of Tai Duon Farm is another early Methodist chapel. The cemetery there today is called Mynwent Tai Duon.

Buried there are two brothers and a sister from Nantcwmbran, Pant-glas who died young, between 1918 and 1924, remembered there in an 'englyn' (one of many traditional Welsh alliterative verses in strict metre). A literal translation could never do it justice therefore we have included the englyn in its original Welsh format:

"Marwolaeth Mair a Willie - a Rhisiart
Wna i reswm dewi;
Ond ffydd ddichon fodloni
A gweld trefn mewn galw tri."

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