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Din Lligwy - Anglesey, Wales
Prehistoric Settlement
National Grid Reference: SH 497 861

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How To Get There

From Menai Bridge follow the A5025 north until you get to Llanallgo. Here take a right turn up a narrow lane to the north. You will pass Lligwy Burial Chamber on the way (to the left of the lane). This site is just a little further along the lane, on the same side of the road. Walk across the field and through a gate into a wood. Climb the hill, which has some steps built to make things easier, and you're there.


I suppose that I will remember this site for all the wrong reasons. Having spent a long time saving for a new camera and finally getting one about 6 weeks before this visit you can probably imagine how I felt when I dropped it on the road during the visit to Din Lligwy! It landed lens down on the tarmac and tinkling sounds could plainly be heard. The only damage done was to the filter and the auto-focus mechanism of the lens so I guess I was quite lucky. I was still able to photograph Din Lligwy, but I don't think my heart was in it somehow.

Enough of the tales of personal sorrow and woe. Din Lligwy Settlement covers an area of about half an acre and has been dated to sometime in the 4th century AD. It's a pretty rare thing for me to have to type "AD" in the preparation of these pages; generally I'm more interested in Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments. There are the remains of 9 huts here, two of which are circular. The entire settlement is surrounded by a low stone wall. Examination of the debris in the hearths indicates that iron was smelted here.

As you approach the site you can't fail to notice the remains of Capel Lligwy, a 12th century chapel. Also, a little further south down the same lane you will find the remains of Lligwy Burial Chamber.


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