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Ty Mawr Wybrnant, Penmachno

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Tŷ Mawr Wybrnant is a house located in the Wybrnant Valley, in the community of Bro Machno, near Betws-y-Coed in Conwy County Borough, North Wales. It was the birthplace of Bishop William Morgan, first translator of the whole Bible into Welsh.Tŷ Mawr Wybrnant is owned by the National Trust and has been sensitively restored to its probable 16th-century appearance. Despite its name (Tŷ Mawr, "Big House") it is very small by today's standards, but it houses some old furniture and a collection of Welsh Bibles, including William Morgan's Bible of 1588. There are also other Bibles in many other languages, donated by visitors to the house from around the world.The house is most easily reached from the village of Penmachno, 4 miles from Betws-y-coed, but can also be reached from the A470 between Betws-y-coed and Dolwyddelan.The Afon Wybrnant is the stream near which the house is located, and its name is usually appended to the house's name to distinguish it from other Tŷ Mawrs. The origins of the name Wybrnant are not wholly known. Although nant denotes a small stream and wybr is an old word for sky or cloud, some would have it that the word is derived from a corruption of gwiber, meaning "adder" or "viper". According to legend, long ago a gwiber was a huge flying snake, and one lived in this valley.
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  • This is quite possibly the most remote National Trust site I've been to on the UK mainland. A long narrow road takes you to the house which is nestled at the bottom of a valley a few miles from Penmac...  more »
  • This National Trust property was the birthplace of (Bishop) William Morgan, (in 1545), who first translated the whole of the Bible into Welsh. The small house is approached along some very narrow trac...  more »
  • Beautiful location and fascinating place. Peaceful setting. The guide is very knowledgeable. A great day out.  more »
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  • An absolutely fascinating history enhanced by the guardians engagement of our children and involvement in the story. Stunning location and enough to keep the boys occupied for an hour or two!
  • Absolutely fantastic, and the knowledgeable "guardian" was an added bonus - we had a great day out. Being out of the way meant we avoided the crowds and had time to really take in the environment His knowledge, tale telling and more importantly his desire to pass it on made for a wonderful experience cheers
  • A very historic and interesting place. Well worth a visit
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