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Lake Vyrnwy, Montgomeryshire

Historical Description

Vyrnwy, Lake, a large artificial lake in Montgomeryshire, formed in 1888 as a reservoir of the Liverpool waterworks. It is nearly 5 miles long, and occupies what was once a valley threaded by a sluggish brook. A colossal dam, 1255 feet long and 60 feet high on foundations sunk 50 feet deep, was built on a ridge of rock crossing the narrow end of the valley. The lake has an area of 1121 acres, and lias submerged the old village of Llanwyddyn. The outlet for the water is at the SE end through the Hirnant Tunnel, which is about 2½ miles long, and the aqueduct, partly underground, is 67 miles long.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Montgomeryshire is available to browse.


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