Pen-y-Gwryd Patrol

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On 9 November 1952, The Sphere published the following picture of an AA (Automobile Association) Patrol at the junction of the A498 and A4086 at Pen-y-Gwryd close to the Pen-y-Gwryd Hotel.

An image of the junction taken in 2011 by Google Streetview is shown for comparison.



2012: Beddgelert ‘tourism businesses affected by power cuts’

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Businesses in a Snowdonia village want compensation after claims a series of power cuts has affected trade. Beddgelert Tourism Association, representing 47 businesses, says the power cuts in August hit without warning often at busy times.

Scottish Power said the faults were weather-related. The company added a meeting has been arranged with the community council to update them about future upgrading.

“The power cuts were during August and affected quite a lot of B&Bs and hotels especially when it happened over breakfast time,” said Colleen Marsden the secretary of the Beddgelert Tourism Association.

Answers needed

“Shops were also being affected as the credit card terminals were not working. On one Friday afternoon there was a particularly long period without power and many people staying in holiday cottages decided to leave a day early. There were three or four cuts in all, and although it seems to have been sorted we still need answers to our concerns, and we’re asking for compensation. I emailed Scottish Power last week on behalf of the 47 businesses the tourist association represents and I’ve still not heard back,” she added.

A spokeswoman for the power company said the problems in the village were all “weather related”.

“In one a lightning strike damaged a transformer and in a couple of others high winds brought branches down onto overhead lines.”

She added that whilst looking at the damaged overhead lines the company decided that modernising work was needed in the area.

“A meeting has been arranged with the community council at the beginning of October so that we can keep them informed about what we’re doing,” she added.

BBC, North West Wales, 23 September 2012


1905: Damage to the Rhyd Ddu Beddgelert Road & Destruction of Beddgelert Bridge

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The surveyor reported as follows: “The flood, heavy in all parts of the county, exceeded all records in the Colwyn watershed, formed by the western slopes of Snowdon and the eastern slopes of Moel Hebog. The Caegors county bridge, across the main road between Rhyd-ddu and Beddgelert, proved far too small to take the flood water of the Colwyn River, the overflowing water from this point onward to Beddgelert, a distance of two miles, took to the main road, where the grade is steep, and reduced it from a main road in good repair and of smooth surface to the state of a river bed. Immediate steps were taken to restore the surface, which will take months to regain its former smoothness. Damaged water holes, drains, and culvert are being cleaned and repaired, and the drainage in every way made good. Metalling is prepared to make up for what was washed away. Flood culverts of a large size will be necessary to increase the water taking capacity of Caegors Bridge, which is now proved beyond doubt to be too small for the largest floods. Restoring the roads exclusive of the ordinary maintenance cost, will amount to about £200, and the flood culverts to about £100.”


At a meeting of the Surveyor’s Committee, the Surveyor reported as follows: The unprecedented rainfall in the Colwyn watershed had the further unfortunate effect of displacing the pitching under one of the arches of Beddgelert Bridge, thereby, partly, getting under the pier in the river, and partly under the south abutment; at the same time the stem of a large tree, I am informed, was floated down at the height of the flood, the rapid current striking it with force against the cut-water of the apparently already undermined pier which instantly gave way, bringing down with it the two modern arches put in as a widening to the old two arched bridge, and about a half diagonally of one of the old arches. The remaining arch or a fourth of the bridge was left secure and unshaken, one springer resting on about the fourth remainder of the pier in the middle of the river. The work of restoring the permanent structure was proceeded with at once, improving the width by about four feet, and improving the sectional waterway by about 66 square feet, the previous waterway being 334 square feet. The cost of restoring will amount to about £350, and of the widening of the bridge and of the waterway about £200. The steps taken, and the plains submitted, were approved of.

Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald 5 October 1905