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Thread #168780   Message #4078012
Posted By: GUEST,henryp
03-Nov-20 - 06:02 AM
Thread Name: Folklore: city that sank into the sea
Subject: RE: Folklore: city that sank into the sea
Nant-y-moch Reservoir in the Cambrian Mountains in northern Ceredigion, Wales, flooded a part of the valley of the River Rheidol and its headwaters. The Reservoir was created in 1964 as part of the Cwm Rheidol hydroelectric power scheme. The construction of the dam flooded Nant-y-moch farm (home of brothers John and James James) and Blaenrheidol Chapel and cemetery. The contents of the graveyard were relocated to the chapel at Ponterwyd, and a number of cairns were painstakingly moved, some of which dated back as far as the Iron Age.

The power station at Cwm Rheidol, operated by Statkraft of Norway, has a visitor centre with records of the hamlet. Upstream of the power station, a 'fish ladder' cut into the rock to bypass the Rheidol Falls rises 6 metres through 14 pools. The neighbouring butterfly house displays up to 70 different species of butterflies, while the wildlife garden has attracted 26 species of native butterflies. Across the valley, you can see and hear the steam engines on the narrow gauge Vale of Rheidol Railway.