Seven Wonders of Wales

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Seven Wonders of Wales is located in Wales
Snowdon
Snowdon
Pistyll Rhaeadr
Pistyll Rhaeadr
Wrexham
Wrexham
Overton
Overton
St Winefride's Well
St Winefride's Well
Llangollen
Llangollen
Gresford
Gresford
The Seven Wonders of Wales

The Seven Wonders of Wales (Welsh: Saith Rhyfeddod Cymru) is a traditional list of notable landmarks in North Wales, commemorated in an anonymously written rhyme:

Pistyll Rhaeadr and Wrexham steeple,
Snowdon's mountain without its people,
Overton yew trees, St Winefride's well,
Llangollen bridge and Gresford bells.

The rhyme is usually supposed to have been written sometime in the late 18th or early 19th century by an English visitor to North Wales.[1] The specific number of wonders may have varied over the years: the antiquary Daines Barrington, in a letter written in 1770, refers to Llangollen Bridge as one of the "five wonders of Wales, though like the seven wonders of Dauphiny, they turn out to be no wonders at all out of the Principality".[2]

The seven wonders comprise:

Image Wonder Location Date Notable Features
Pistyll Rhaeadr 0073.JPG Pistyll Rhaeadr Near Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant, Powys n/a A tall waterfall, falling 240 ft (73 m) in three stages
Stgileswrexham.jpg St Giles' Church
Eglwys St Giles
Wrexham 16th-century The 16th-century tower of St Giles' Church in Wrexham can be seen for miles
SPIMG0017a.jpg Overton yew trees
Coed ywen Owrtyn
Overton-on-Dee, Wrexham County Borough Planted at different times, ~3rd–12th century 21 yew trees at St Mary's Church
Treffynnon.JPG St Winefride's Well
Ffynnon Wenffrewi
Holywell, Flintshire AD 660 Historically claimed to have healing waters
Llangollenviewfromstation.JPG Llangollen Bridge
Pont Llangollen
Llangollen, Denbighshire 1347 The first stone bridge to span the Dee
ASC Gresford.jpg Gresford bells
Clychau Gresffordd
Gresford, Wrexham County Borough 13th-century The church bells are listed for their purity and tone
Snowdon massif.jpg Snowdon
Yr Wyddfa
Snowdonia, Gwynedd n/a Highest mountain in Wales at 3,560 ft (1,085 m)

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Wales on Britannia: Seven Wonders of Wales, britannia.com
  2. ^ Letter to Mr. Gough, July 20, 1770, in Illustrations of the literary history of the eighteenth century, v.5, Nichols, Son, and Bentley, 1828, p.583

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