Ty Gwyn is generally regarded as the oldest building in Barmouth. It was listed as one of four houses recorded in a survey of Creeks and Ports commissioned by Queen Elizabeth I in 1565.
In around 1470 it was designed to be a safe house for communications with the Earl of Pembroke, Jasper Tudor and his nephew, the future King Henry VII. They were planning an invasion of England and Ty Gwyn's location was more suitable than Cors Y Gedol. After all, they may suddenly need to escape via the sea.
Ty Gwyn was restored in the 1980s with the emphasis on preserving its original appearance and today it is home to the a cafe on the ground floor (Davy Jones' Locker) and the Maritime Museum on the first floor.
Opened in 1999, it features historical articles and photographs of Barmouth as a port and the historical background to the building itself. It also houses 'treasure' discovered by Glaslyn Aqua Club.
In the late 1970s divers from Glaslyn found the wrecks of (possibly) two ships - one on top of another - just off the coast of the village of Dyffryn Ardudwy. Researchers believe that the ships foundered on the notorious St Patrick's causeway.
As well as a bronze bell dated 1677, divers found pure white marble thought to have originated from the Cararra quarries on Northern Italy. Some believe this marble was destined for London and St Pauls which was being restored after the Great Fire.
For more fascinating information and artefacts from the wreck, and much, much more, make sure you visit this museum.
Location: on the harbour, above Davy Jones' Locker.
- Written by Robin
- Category: History
- Published: 01 February 2015
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