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Swtan is a fully restored example of a Welsh cottage with a thatched roof. It is situated on the North West coast of Anglesey, in the picturesque village of Church Bay (Porth Swtan).

Although it was built in the 16th century, it has been restored to as it was around the beginning of the 20th century. Mr Gwilym Jones, the last tenant until the roof collapsed in the early 1960’s, is currently a member of the Board of Trustees.

The restoration of Swtan was completed in September 1999 and was financed mainly by Menter Môn. Trainees and craftsmen worked together under the supervision of the projects manager and was completed in 14 months.

Most of the stone from the original building was still on site and merely required masons to reconstruct the walls. This they did using clay from a pit dug in the field. Lime and gravel with added straw and cement were also used as a binding.

Once completed, the building was handed over to Cyfeillion Swtan. This company is a PLC of volunteer trustees which leases the cottage from the National Trust. The company runs the cottage as a Folk Museum and Heritage Centre and has been helped by donations of fixtures and farming equipment from local people.

Swtan - Restored Welsh thatched-roof cottage


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