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Bod Cybi

A Grade II Listed Building in Clynnog, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 53.0208 / 53°1'14"N

Longitude: -4.3646 / 4°21'52"W

OS Eastings: 241491

OS Northings: 349668

OS Grid: SH414496

Mapcode National: GBR 5D.FN7C

Mapcode Global: WH43Y.XBSK

Entry Name: Bod Cybi

Listing Date: 15 September 1999

Last Amended: 15 September 1999

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 22352

Building Class: Domestic

Location: The house is one of a row of cottages overlooking the churchyard at the centre of the village.

County: Gwynedd

Town: Caernarfon

Community: Clynnog

Community: Clynnog

Locality: Clynnog-fawr

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire

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The row of cottages were built in various phases through the mid-later C19. Bod Cybi was the house of Ebenezer Thomas. He was born in poverty in Llanarmon (Llannor community) in 1802, and after a dissolute and wanton life, settled in Clynnog-fawr, becoming the schoolmaster and later the grocer. He rejoined the Calvinistic Methodist chapel in 1839 and his school became a preparatory school for entrants to the ministry. He learned his prosody from local Eifionydd poets and, as Cybi o Efion, won the chair at the Powys Eisteddfod in 1824, thereafter becoming a regular contributor. He became a very well known romantic poet, critic and writer of awdlau and englynion. His school was established in 1827 in St Beuno's chapel opposite, under the auspices of the National Society; this he left and rejoined the Methodists, continuing the school first in his own house and then in the Methodist chapel at Clynnog. He died on the 17th February 1883. His monument stands by the vestry on the N side of the church.


Built of roughly squared local stone rubble, with an old irregular slate roof. Double fronted, with a central modern 6-panelled door and 4-paned overlight, and original C19 horned 4-pane sash windows to each side; that on the right larger with remains of a rendered surround. Similar windows to the first floor. Stack on the party wall. The building may be earlier than the adjoining cottages as the front wall is not bonded either side.

Reasons for Listing

Included as a small village house of vernacular type, retaining its original character, and for its direct association with the well-known poet and critic, Eben Fardd, who spent much of his life in the village as schoolmaster and preacher.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Lychgate to the churchyard of the Church of St Beuno
    The lychgate opens directly off the main road at the centre of the village, and leads into the W corner of the churchyard opposite the E end of the chancel.
  • II Tomb of Eben Fardd
    The tomb is set in the churchyard on the NE side of the church, close to the gable of the N vestry.
  • I Church of St Beuno, with attached Chapel of St Beuno
    The parish church is set close to the main Caernarfon to Pwllheli road, in a large graveyard which slopes gently to the N. The chapel stands on the S side of the tower.
  • II Post Office
    The shop is set on a cut-off section of the main road, SW of the Coach Inn, and on the corner of a minor road into the hills at the rear.
  • II The Court House
    The house is immediately outside NE side of the churchyard, facing towards the church.
  • II Sundial in the churchyard of the Church of St Beuno
    The sundial now stands in the churchyard approximately 3m from the SW corner of the Chapel of St Beuno.
  • II Bodfasarn
    The house lies alongside the main road, immediately SW of the church in the centre of the village.
  • II Former SW wing of Bodfasarn
    The building is attached to the SW gable end of Bodfasarn, facing the main road.

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