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Old Apr 24, 2007, 7:18 PM   #1
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This is the "Ugly House" at Betws-y-Coed, Snowdonia, North-Wales.
A very interesting, and old little cottage. Now a tourist attraction.

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In 1815 Thomas Telford, the great builder of Bridges and Roads built the Waterloo Bridge at Betws-y-Coed as part of his plan to take the London to Holyhead Road through the Ogwen valley instead of the long detour by Chester. In order to avoid constant flooding, Telford decided to abandon the old road between the Swallow Falls and Capel Curig and cross the River Llugwy opposite Ty Hyll. His contractor undertook to build the Bridge by the 21st November 1819 at a cost of £2,957.15s.
Some of the men who worked on the road and bridge found the primitive cottage abandoned as it no longer provided the necessary seclusion for the nefarious activities of the previous occupants. The road navvies in Telford's day worked long hours and lived in rough conditions. No doubt Ty Hyll was infinitely preferable to the often inadequate tents provided by the contractors.
They probably did some rough repairs, mended the windows, patched the roof and kept themselves warm and dry.
They may have built the attic specified in its Grade II listing "Single room with loft above". Telford visited the Bridge several times during construction and there is no doubt that he took an interest in Ty Hyll where some of his men lodged. In 1821 Ty Hyll Bridge was finished and the gangs moved on to Capel Curig and Ogwen.
When it became too far for the men to walk back to their sanctuary, the cottage was again abandoned.
It might have been used by the occasional shepherd or drover as a shelter for a night when driving sheep and cattle to the markets. It does not appear in the great Census of 1841 when every habitable residence was recorded. This may have been because it was a "Ty Un Nos" and therefore claimed squatters rights. But in 1853 it did receive an honourable mention in a "Tourist Guide to North Wales". The author wrote, "Walking from Capel Curig to Betws-y-Coed and near to the two mile stone is one of the most picturesque cottages imaginable placed on the side of the hill above the bridge that crosses the River Llugwy and gives additional beauty to this romantic dell."
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Old Apr 25, 2007, 2:38 PM   #2
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Interesting history and good photo. Thanks for sharing.
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Old Apr 25, 2007, 3:42 PM   #3
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The author wrote, "Walking from Capel Curig to Betws-y-Coed and near to the two mile stone is one of the most picturesque cottages imaginable placed on the side of the hill above the bridge that crosses the River Llugwy and gives additional beauty to this romantic dell."

Oh, I can't help but agree

Btw,old 300D'sare still very good cameras IMO ; )

Hope you don't mind my highlight adjustment below..
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Old Apr 25, 2007, 4:39 PM   #4
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Not at all
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Man, what a great retreat that would be. Escape from the realities of life, even if for only a few days.
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Nice ugly pics :-), good capture and edit ..............musket
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