Bwthyn Pont yr Aran

Bwthyn Pont Yr Aran

A vernacular cottage of the 17th century. Note the roof details: the slates laid in diminishing courses and the inset stone slabs to shed the water away from the base of the chimney stacks. These are a common feature in Dolgellau, which enjoys an annual rainfall of around 70 inches. The ground floor is below road level. This is also true of the older buildings along Wtra'r Felin, which leads from here to the church. Perhaps this was the site of the road that led east to the centre of the town. The buildings behind housed a fellmongering business, where sheep pelts were processed. The business closed in 1989, thus ending the long tradition of processing wool and sheep-hides in the town.