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(Avon Dwyfor) Photo credit © Allan Harris
Just off the A497, between Pwllheli and Criccieth, stands the attractive grey stone village of Llanystumdwy.
The fast moving River Dwyfor tumbles through the village, over which straddles the 18th century stone bridge, near St John the Baptist church, of a similar age.
The River Dwyfor carries on through the village till it joins the River Dwyfach. Together they form a long estuary, alongside which it is possible to take a pleasant riverside walk to the sea.
Carved into one of the stones of the bridge are the initials DLlGMP, a visual clue to Llanystumdwy’s claim to fame as the childhood home of the First World War Prime Minister David Lloyd George.
Within the village, is the Lloyd George Museum, host to many artefacts associated with Lloyd George including, scrolls, paintings, photographs, documents, caskets and video presentations.
Highgate, Lloyd George’s childhood home, is also open to the public, now recreated as it would have been in Lloyd George’s time. Furnished with contemporary items, including the original desk at which Lloyd George worked, and a facsimile of his uncle’s shoemaking workshop. Outside is a typical Victorian cottage garden.
Alongside the river, is Lloyd George’s memorial site and grave, designed by architect Sir Clough Williams Ellis. The grave itself is marked by a large stone, upon which Lloyd George is said to have sat and pondered. A poignant reminder of one of the greatest statesmen of the twentieth century.