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Junction at Mynytho - - 62677.jpg
Looking towards the south
Mynytho is located in Gwynedd
Location within Gwynedd
OS grid referenceSH307311
• Cardiff110 mi (177 km)
Principal area
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtLL53
Dialling code01758
PoliceNorth Wales
FireNorth Wales
UK Parliament
Senedd Cymru – Welsh Parliament
List of places
52°51′04″N 4°30′50″W / 52.851°N 4.514°W / 52.851; -4.514Coordinates: 52°51′04″N 4°30′50″W / 52.851°N 4.514°W / 52.851; -4.514

Mynytho is a small village in the parish of Llanengan near the southern coast of the Llŷn Peninsula in northwestern Wales. It consists of a few houses and some farmland. There are also several campsites on the outskirts of the village. The population was 536 as of the 2011 UK census with over a third born in England.[1]

Mynytho's memorial hall[2] occupies a significant place in the history of the struggle for the recognition of Welsh culture and the Welsh language.

The following englyn by the poet R. Williams Parry appears on a plaque mounted on the wall of the hall.

Adeiladwyd gan dlodi, — nid cerrig
Ond cariad yw'r meini;
Cydernes yw'r coed arni,
Cyd-ddyheu a'i cododd hi.

In English this means

It is built of poverty, not stones
But love is its masonry,
Shared aspirations are its timber,
And shared commitment is what raised it up.

Another Welsh poet, Richard Goodman Jones (a.k.a. Dic Goodman) was a lifelong resident of the village.[citation needed]

It is the birthplace and current home of Welsh author Eleri Llewelyn Morris.[citation needed]

Mynytho is also the site of a small yet highly visible tower that stands on a hill (Foel Tŵr) overlooking the area. The tower, which is popularly known to English residents as the "Jampot",[3] is an old windmill but was never a success due to crosswinds on the hill, it is identified on maps as being an old mill. The land (Foel Tŵr) on which it stands is owned by the National Trust.

The community supports its own large chapel called Horeb, which stands close to the common land and a spring[4] said to have healing properties. Of historical interest is the older (18th century) but disused chapel (Capel Newydd)[5] which stands on the left hand side of the road to Nanhoron.

Neighbouring villages and settlements include Llanbedrog, Abersoch, Llangian,[6] Nanhoron, Rhydyclafdy[7] and Botwnnog.


  1. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Mynytho population (W37000353)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Mynytho Community Page". 2000–2009.
  3. ^ "Foel Fawr old Windmill". 2000.
  4. ^ Holy Wells of Wales, Francis Jones, Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru, Cardiff 2003
  5. ^ "The Chapels' Heritage Society Newsletter, Autumn 2005: Spring Meeting, Llanidloes". Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales. Archived from the original on 10 February 2007.
  6. ^ "Llangian Community Page". 2000–2009.
  7. ^ "Rhydyclafdy Community Page". 2000–2009.

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