THE UGLY HOUSE, Betwys-y-Coed, North Wales. (See comments box for story).

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Roy Pledger on December 17, 2011

The Ty Hyll, or Ugly House, is situated a few miles west of Betwys-y-Coed in the Snowdonia National Park. It is a Ty Yn Y Nos or house of the night! Apparently in the 15th century, when this house was built, anybody who could build a rough house overnight and have smoke coming out of the chimney by dawn, was able to claim the land freehold. Furthermore, the boundary of his land could be established by the distance one could throw an axe from the four corners of the building. According to legend, the Ugly House was so built by two brothers. The house would originally have had a roof of heather thatch, eventually being replaced by slates as seen today. Towards the end of the 19th century the house had become derelict but was made habitable by a man called Riley, and he lived there with his wife until the 1960’s when they died, and once again the cottage fell into disrepair. In 1988 it was bought by the Snowdonia National Park Society who restored it and it is now open to the public.

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Photo taken in Betws-y-Coed, Betws-y-Coed, Conwy LL24 0BU, UK

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  • Uploaded on December 17, 2011
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    by Roy Pledger
    • Taken on 2007/07/31 12:02:27
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