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  • Welsh: Pwll Penmaen or Llyn Penmaen.
Penmaenpool with Cader Idris in the background
Penmaenpool is located in Gwynedd
Penmaenpool shown within Gwynedd
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GwyneddCoordinates: 52°44′49″N 3°56′10″W / 52.747°N 3.936°W / 52.747; -3.936

Penmaenpool (Welsh: Pwll Penmaen) is a hamlet on the south side of estuary of the River Mawddach in Wales, near Dolgellau.

Points of interest[edit]

Penmaenpool toll bridge
Penmaenpool toll bridge, old signal box and George III Inn (right).
  • The George III Inn was originally two buildings: a ship chandler serving the boat building industry, and a pub. It dates from 1650 and is Grade II listed.

Gerard Manley Hopkins reputedly wrote the poem entitled Penmaen Pool in the visitor's book.

Ferry boat tragedy[edit]

Fifteen people, including four children, were drowned on July 22, 1966, when the Prince of Wales ferry hit the toll bridge. The ferry had been taking 39 people on a pleasure trip from Barmouth to the hotel in the village.[1] The then hotel proprietor, John Antony Hall, with his chef, David Jones assisted by the barman, Bob Jones saved many lives on that day. Without their hard work and effort, many more people would have drowned that day. None was recognised for their bravery.

A Memorial was held by the signal box 50 years later in 2016.


  1. ^ "Service for 1966 drowning victims". BBC. 2006-07-22. Retrieved 2009-05-02.