It was almost as if you had come to terms with the idea before it happened. I'd seen every tree disappear before my eyes, chopped down, and the valley had been stripped bare. It was like a desert, and the only things left standing were the cemetery wall and two bridges '.
Aeron Prysor Jones
The destruction of the village of Capel Celyn and the forced removal of its inhabitants can be seen as one of the most shameful acts perpetrated by the British government in the latter half of the 20th century. The fact that the destruction was carried out to build a water supply for a city whose population and industrial base was already in free-fall makes the chapter even more shameful. In effect.a vanity project for a corrupt political elite which controlled the city of Liverpool at the time.
This Friday, the destruction of the Treweryn Valley and the village of Capel Celyn in North Wales in the 1950's and 60's. A pointless project which involved ecological degradation on a grand scale but more importantly, the ruthless ethnic cleansing of the Welsh speaking population,the demolition of the village of Capel Celyn and the surrounding farms and smallholdings within an area of such great natural beauty, it had once been the inspiration for a unique Edwardian art movement- The Arenig School.