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The Faenol Estate

The Faenol or Vaynol estate between Y Felinheli (Port Dinorwic) and Bangor, comprises of about 1,000 acres of land and has over thirty listed buildings on the grounds. The estate dates back to the Tudor period, and is enclosed by a wall which is seven miles long. Today, the estate is a venue for festivals, such as Bryn Terfel's Faenol festival, the national Eisteddfod and the BBC Big Weekend 2010. There is a legend of a strange ghost in the form of a bird, associated with the estate. It is said that the ghostly bird is the spirit of a man that was executed many years ago for illegally felling trees on the estate and stealing the wood. The legend says that the bird perches in the branches of a tree, shouting out “Woe! Woe’s me, that I ever put a handle to my axe to fell the trees of Faenol!

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