Caption for Beddgelert, The Village C1955
This extremely attractive village lies in the heart of mountainous Snowdonia on the Glaslyn river, and this fine bridge has been a magnet for visitors, who came in increasing numbers following the war. Although a great centre for walkers, it is as well known for the legend attached to the village. Prince Llywelyn killed his dog, Gelert, after he thought the dog had killed his son. The Prince found that the dog had in fact killed a wolf in protecting the child, but by then it was too late! Gelert's grave – 'bedd' - gives the village its name. Sad to say, the story seems to be a 19th-century invention to put the place on the map for Victorian visitors - and holidaymakers have absorbed this tale ever since.