Y Felinheli - Etymology


Etymologically its name comes from y (the), melin (mill) and heli (brine/salt-water/sea). (An alternative view is that Y Felinheli comes from Y Felinheulyn, Mill on the river Heulyn, which runs into the village.)

During the late 18th century the Dinorwig quarries built an extensive harbour for the export of slate, which was transported to the quay on the purpose-built Dinorwic Railway narrow gauge railway later replaced by the Padarn Railway. It was this industrial expansion which gave Y Felinheli (Felin-hely, 1838) the alternative name of Port Dinorwig or Port Dinorwic.

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