Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Coming up:Rage..rage against the dying of the light.

 " Who wouldn't remember that ?  We used to live in a smallholding of some 20 acres called Ty'n y Bont, the house being right next to the chapel house. The whole of that smallholding was drowned, the house and the land. The house was demolished, flattened to the ground, as was every house scheduled to be drowned. The meadows below the old Bala-Blaenau railway line, plus the house and the sheds, had to go. We had to move into a caravan because the new house we were building wasn't ready, so we had to carry all our furniture into a cow shed on land that was to remain.They were eager to see us go, and if we'd moved a fortnight earlier the house would've been demolished a fortnight earlier. It was only a matter of a couple of days after we left before it was flattened.
It was almost as if you had come to terms with the idea before it happened. I'd seen every tree disappear before my eyes, chopped down, and the valley had been stripped bare. It was like a desert, and the only things left standing were the cemetery wall and two bridges '.

Aeron Prysor Jones

The destruction of the village of Capel Celyn and the forced removal of its inhabitants can be seen as one of the most shameful acts perpetrated by the British government in the latter half of the 20th century. The fact that the destruction was carried out to build a water supply for a city whose population and industrial base was already in free-fall makes the chapter even more shameful. In effect.a vanity project for a corrupt political elite which controlled the city of Liverpool at the time.

John Appleby 

This Friday, the destruction of the Treweryn Valley and the village of Capel Celyn in North Wales in the 1950's and 60's. A pointless project which involved ecological degradation on a grand scale but more importantly, the ruthless ethnic cleansing of the Welsh speaking population,the demolition of the village of Capel Celyn and the surrounding farms and smallholdings within an area of such great natural beauty, it had once been the inspiration for a unique Edwardian art movement- The Arenig School.