The History of Bodloesygad

Bodloesygad  History and folklore

Bodloesygad is a boulder built house with many lovely features, including solid central wood beams, a large inglenook fireplace, slab slate floors, and a rock hewn staircase. We hope that you will love the house as much as we do, and take care of it, accepting the minor inconveniences that come with a house of this age and character. For example, there are low ceilings in places, so if you are tall, mind your heads!


Bodloesygad is first mentioned in the Merioneth Lay Subsidy Roll from 1292-1293. Its name is associated with the story of 'Math the son of Mathonwy', a tale in the Mabinogion. In this story Llew Llaw Gyffes is slain by his wife’s lover, and transforms into an eagle rising up with a ‘fearful scream’, from which the house gets its name.
The house and surrounding fields were farmed by a succession of farmers, some of whom produced milk and other dairy products, as witnessed by the milk bottles on the mantlepiece. One of the builders who worked on the house recently remembers collecting his milk from the farm as a lad, some 60 years ago.
Our family came across the house in a semi derelict condition in the 1960s, and first rented, then renovated, then bought it. We spent most of our holidays here as children and subsequently our own children stayed there with us. Our parents retired to the house, and members of our family lived there for the last 8 years.

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