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In Pictures: The valley drowned for a reservoir

Capel Celyn, in the Tryweryn valley

Capel Celyn in the Tryweryn valley was the one of the last villages in Wales where people spoke only Welsh.

Children at Ysgol Capel Celyn

The pupils at Ysgol Capel Celyn were to be the last to have lessons at the Welsh-language school.

Reservoir tower

In 1957 Macmillan's Conservative government passed the Tryweryn Bill, allowing the compulsory purchase of land to build a reservoir to supply water to England.

Tryweryn protest

Thirty five of Wales' 36 MPs opposed the bill, but it was pushed through against their opposition, prompting bitter public protests.

Bulldozer prepares the Tryweryn reservoir site

The reservoir scheme involved damming the valley at one end to form what is now Llyn Celyn.

Construction site at the Tryweryn valley

Even when the dam was being built the fight continued. Explosives were planted and one man was jailed for blowing up a pylon.

People moving from Capel Celyn, Tryweryn

But the campaign failed and people were forced to move under compulsory purchase orders made on their property.

Men demolishing homes at Capel Celyn

Homes in the village of Capel Celyn were demolished as the planned flooding drew near. The fight had lasted eight years.

Tryweryn valley, half flooded

As the waters rose, the village of Capel Celyn was slowly overtaken by the rising waters of the new, Llyn Celyn.

Lyn Celyn

Llyn Celyn in the Tryweryn valley as it is now. Liverpool council is preparing to apologise for the creation of this reservoir.




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