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Ogof Rhiwledyn

Cave / Rock Shelter


In the 16th century some Roman Catholics were meeting in secret - they were supposed to be plotting the downfall of all the local protestants (yeah right). There's a really hyped up version on p89 of this* which involves them being found in this cave, and the priest being hanged drawn and quartered in a field below - not to mention his dried up disembodied hand kept at a nearby house.
But the Welsh National Biography site
has a slightly less hysterical version, where they are living in the inaccessable cave for nearly a year, and escape, and are only caught years later (one of them indeed getting hanged in the end, unfortunately).

*of 'Notes of Family Excursions in North Wales', by J. O. Halliwell, 1860. To be fair he is quoting 'Williams' History of Aberconwy, 1835'. Online at Google Books.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
23rd July 2007ce
Edited 23rd July 2007ce

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