Church Bay/Porth Swtan
Cyfellion Swtan (Friends of Swtan) was formed in 1998 to breathe new life into the ruins of Swtan, the last thatched crofting longhouse on the island of Anglesey. Menter Mon secured the funding and rebuilt and furnished to reflect the late 19th century. Workers involved in the reconstruction benefited from the use of traditional skills such as dry stonewalling and thatching. Now open to the public as a heritage museum, Cyfellion Swtan has worked hard to create a sustainable facility.
In 2006 Swtan was given a grant from the W.D.A. to update our visitor experience with an audio tour, interpretation boards covering the renovation, local history and the history of Swtan (the building) and the family which can be traced back to 1770. There will be a special display with interpretation depicting 'a woman's daily routine', where you will have a chance to learn how to make rag rugs, see how she washed the laundry, cooked and cared for her family. On our new large screen TV you can now see a short film showing Dudley (the famous Welsh chef) cooking in Swtan on the open range. A large collection of old farm implements and fishing tackle are on display.
Swtan is situated within a heritage coastline and is close by to a beautiful sandy beach (excellent for children and swimming). The Anglesey Coastal Footpath runs along the back of the cottage and there is a cafe close by selling meals, drinks ice cream and beach toys. Car parking facilities and public toilets are within walking distance of the cottage.
Historic house or home, Garden, parklands or rural site
Toddlers - free