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Dramatically situated at the base of a steep sided rock face, Tremadog is a small village close to the Snowdonia National Park, with wide streets and majestic buildings.
Tremadog was created in the early nineteenth century, as part of a visionary idea, from the mind of Williams Madocks. His plan was to create a staging post, for travellers en-route to Ireland, using his proposed road scheme; indeed, two of the streets were named London Street and Dublin Street, an indication of his confidence in the plan.
Every building in Tremadog, constructed at that time, was meticulously sited and planned and every necessity catered for. It included a magnificent town hall, a dance hall and a coaching inn, all situated near a market square. Workers were housed in terraced cottages, while gentlemen resided in detached villas. A church and a chapel were built and factory buildings were constructed.
Unfortunately, the road scheme never did come to fruition, but it did leave this excellent example of early town planning and was the catalyst for the creation of nearby Porthmadog.
An Early Tremadog resident was the poet Percy Shelley, who rented Tan Yr Allt, Madocks’ own house. Another famous resident was T E Lawrence, (Lawrence of Arabia), who spent his childhood years here.
The nearby Tremadog Rocks are a well known climbing destination, popular with climbers of all abilities especially when the weather is too poor in Snowdonia.
Situated in the centre of Gwynedd, Tremadog is ideally situated to explore the delights of the Lleyn Peninsula and Snowdonia.