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Tywyn is a seaside town on the north coast of Cardigan Bay in North Wales. The name Tywyn comes from the Welsh word for beach or sand dunes. It used to also be known by the more Anglicised spelling Towyn, but today it is known bilingually as Tywyn, reflecting the fact that at the time of the 2001 census, 40.5% of the town's population were Welsh-speakers.
The town pre-dates the Norman invasion, but one of the oldest buildings in Tywyn, the existing Church of St Cadfan dates to the Norman invasion,though its origins are probably much older. It houses an inscribed stone from the eighth or ninth century known as St Cadfan's stone. The inscription on this stone is the oldest known written Welsh. In 963, the previous church on the site was sacked by Vikings. Later, during the twelfth century, the church became the subject of a memorable poem by Llywelyn Fardd. The earliest parts of the existing church date back to the twelfth century, though originally, it had a central tower, but this collapsed in 1693.
Gwynedd LL36 9AD
North Wales, UK
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