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Abermaw across the Mawddach estuary
Abermaw shown within Gwynedd
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Barmouth (Welsh: Abermaw (formal); Y Bermo (colloquial)) is a town in the county of Gwynedd, north-western Wales, lying on the estuary of the River Mawddach and Cardigan Bay. Historically in Merionethshire, the English form of the name is derived from "Aber" (estuary) and the river's name "Mawddach"
The town is served by Barmouth railway station.
The town grew around the shipbuilding industry, and more recently as a seaside resort. Notable buildings include the mediaeval Tŷ Gwyn tower house, the 19th century Tŷ Crwn roundhouse prison and St John's Church.
William Wordsworth, a visitor to Barmouth in the 19th century, described it thus: "With a fine sea view in front, the mountains behind, the glorious estuary running eight miles inland, and Cadair Idris within compass of a day's walk, Barmouth can always hold its own against any rival."[this quote needs a citation]
Barmouth Bridge, which takes the Cambrian Line over the River Mawddach, was also formerly at the end of the GWR Ruabon Barmouth line, which passed through Bala and Dolgellau. The southern end of the bridge is now the start of the Mawddach Trail, a cycle path and walk way that utilises the old trackbed.
Barmouth is (geographically) one of the closest seaside resorts to the English West Midlands and a large proportion of its tourist visitors, as well as its permanent residents, are from Wolverhampton, Birmingham, Dudley and other parts of the Black Country, and Telford, Shropshire.
Barmouth is the venue for the annual Barmouth Beach Race, a motocross event. Usually taking place on the last weekend in October, the event sees riders take part in beach racing, using a temporary motocross course constructed on the beach. Over 200 riders typically take part in this event, with spectators attending free of charge. The event attracts champion riders from England and Wales.
The busy harbour plays host to the annual Three Peaks yacht race.
- Herbert Tudor Buckland, architect (1869–1951)
- Charlie (Charlene) Brooks, actress (EastEnders) (1981-)
- Tommy Nutter, fashion designer
- Johnny Williams, boxer (1926–2007)
- Harold Lowe, 5th officer, RMS Titanic
- Fanny Talbot (1824-1917), public benefactor
- Bill Tilman, mountaineer and sailor, lived in Barmouth for many years.
- Jim Valentine (born 1866), legendary RU/Northern Union player, killed by lightning in Barmouth 1904.
- "Road trip for storm-hit Barmouth marooned trains". BBC News. 15 January 2014.
- "RNLI: Barmouth". Retrieved 16 February 2016.
- Dolgellau Old Grammarians from Pitchero.com, retrieved 11 March 2015
- WalesDirectory.co.uk retrieved 11 March 2015
- Etherington-Smith, Meredith (1992-08-18). "Obituary: Tommy Nutter". London: The Independent. Retrieved 2009-10-09.
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- "Barmouth". Encyclopædia Britannica. 3 (11th ed.). 1911.
- Barmouth community website latest news from Barmouth and historical photo gallery and much more.
- Mawddachestuary.co.uk What's on in Barmouth
- Illustrated Guide to Barmouth
- Sunset at Barmouth and Barmouth Evening by Christopher Williams, painted in 1910s and exhibited at National Library of Wales.
- Aerial photograph of Barmouth
- www.geograph.co.uk : photos of Barmouth and surrounding area