Ffynnon Mihangel / Fach (The Goodbye Stone)

No old photo’s for this page unfortunately.

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2 copyFfynon Fach, or Ffynnon Mihangel (it is unclear which name is correct) is situated on your left as you climb the Crimea Pass from Dolwyddelan. It’s a few hundred yards before you reach the summit in one of the small fenced enclosures that indicate streams flowing beneath the road.

Since time unrecorded the spring was marked by a small standing stone known as St. Michael’s Stone some three feet tall, or as it now is, ‘long’ !!!

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4 copyTradition has it that before going away to war, young men would carve their initials into the stone to ensure their return. As earliest date is 1887, and as it clear that the graffiti was inflicted whilst the stone was in the present recumbent position, it’s clear it’s lazy posture can’t be blamed on the modern highway improvements.

One know piece of history, is that in 1859 a Revivalist meeting knelt to pray at the well. As this would not be long after the road was built, it’s safe to assume the well was viewed as ‘special’ long before this date.