Information, photographs, links, history and myths, designed for anyone with an interest in the area.

Hi - this is, one of the websites of Richard Williams (Rich to some, Dick to others),
living in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, UK.

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The Seal of Owain Glyndwr  

The following pages are devoted to Machynlleth, in Powys (Montgomeryshire), the Dyfi Valley, and its tributaries - from the source of the river way up on Aran Fawddwy right down to the estuary at Aberdyfi and Ynyslas/Borth. I researched and explored locations regularly from about 2000 to 2006, but now only very rarely have a chance to visit. Nevertheless, I continued to be involved in writing books on Machynlleth history and now, in June 2018, have just finished doing "A History of Scouting in Machynlleth", which is available as a free pdf download - just get in touch via the "Contact" button.

I grew up in Mach, and retain a great fondness for this fine old town. I've tried to present an impression of both the town and the Dyfi Valley through words, pictures and links to other sites relating to the area - so take a look and let me know what you think. I've been tempted by Web technology for the sake of it (and because it's fun to play with), but come to the decision that people soon tire of gimmicks, so instead I try to concentrate on content.

The site has become complex and I have to admit that the many links and buttons I've provided are more suited to leisurely browsing than rapid location of logically-ordered facts. In addition to the comprehensive index, I always highlight (below) the half dozen or so most recent updates and you can go directly to them by clicking on the hyperlinks. However, although this is an easy way to find the new stuff, please be aware that by doing this frames will not necessarily open in the way I've intended.

The site was re-hosted some years ago, but the original website, is still out there, floating in cyberspace, out of date and seemingly impossible to take down.

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New! 4 July 2021 (yes, I'm still here) Minor updates.
New! 8 Jun 2018 Indexing fixed.
New! 1 Jun 2018 A long-overdue general tidy-up. The Index still points to the old website, and the next step is to fix that problem.
New! 23 Nov 2016 Update to Plas Morben.
New! 1 Jun 2016 Update to Food & Accommodation.

See also my Village Pumps website at:

And the Gloucester Rugby Heritage website at:

Last updated - 4 July 2021.

Original photographs and text Copyright © 2001-2018 R. K. Williams;
satellite photo, Census info, old documents and certain ancient monument info excepted.