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Aberdyfi Time and Tide Bell

by Marcus Vergette

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Aberdyfi (installed July 2011) is referred to in ancient Gaelic legend and song about the kingdom of Cantre’r Gwaelod, a kingdom now submerged beneath Cardigan Bay. The origins of the legend are lost in the mists of time, but the ancient Gaelic legend perhaps refers to ice melt at the end of the last ice age, the inundation of the land, and the formation of the bay. It is said that its bells can be heard ringing beneath the water. At low tide sometimes the tree stumps of ancient forests are revealed, radio carbon dating suggests that these trees died around 3500 BC. We installed a stainless steel grille in the jetty floor so you can stand above the bell as it becomes submerged and then revealed by the tide.


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Each bell has its own inscription chosen by that community.

Aberdyfi Bell Inscription
Uwch llanw
erch llawenhaf
  Above the awesome tide
I will rejoice


Listen to the Aberdyfi Bell (mp3 audio file)




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