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Barclodiad y Gawres Burial Chamber - an ancient monument on the Island of Anglesey.

Barclodiad y Gawres Burial Mound. SH 329707

Anglesey, Llanfaelog, Barclodiad-y-Gawres Burial C hamber - Standing Stones at the entrance

Anglesey, Llanfaelog, Barclodiad-y-Gawres Burial Chamber - Standing Stones at the entrance

Translated as the Giantesses Apronful. The story goes that two giants were travelling to Anglesey to build a house, he carrying two large stones for the doorway, and she an apronful of smaller stones. On the way, they encountered a cobbler, and when they asked him how far it was to Anglesey, he jokingly told them that he had used all the worn out shoes he was carrying on his shoulder walking from there. The giants gave up on their journey and discarded the stones, thus creating the Barclodiad y Gawres. 

This chambered burial mound is located on the coast overlooking the bay, just 2 miles from the village of Aberffraw. Dating from circa 2500 BC (contempoary with the building of the Pyramids) it houses five original carved stones. To prevent any vandalising of these stones, the gate to the burial chamber is locked. Inside the top of the large mound a concrete mound has been laid to protect the interior. To see the monument one first has to obtain the key from the Wayside Shop in Llanfaelog (a £5 deposit is required). The phone number is 01407 810153.



Anglesey, Llanfaelog, Barclodiad-y-Gawres Burial Chamber - an ancient stone

Anglesey, Llanfaelog, Barclodiad-y-Gawres Burial Chamber - an ancient stone

Anglesey, Llanfaelog, Barclodiad-y-Gawres Burial Chamber - an array of ancient stones near the entrance

Anglesey, Llanfaelog, Barclodiad-y-Gawres Burial Chamber - an array of ancient stones near the entrance

Anglesey, Llanfaelog, Barclodiad-y-Gawres Burial Chamber - ancient standing stones line the entrance to the chamber

Anglesey, Llanfaelog, Barclodiad-y-Gawres Burial Chamber - ancient standing stones line the entrance to the chamber

Anglesey, Llanfaelog, Barclodiad-y-Gawres Burial Chamber - CADW Information Sign

Anglesey, Llanfaelog, Barclodiad-y-Gawres Burial Chamber - CADW Information Sign

Anglesey, Llanfaelog, Barclodiad-y-Gawres Burial Chamber - Front Entrance and Mound

Anglesey, Llanfaelog, Barclodiad-y-Gawres Burial Chamber - Front Entrance and Mound

Anglesey, Llanfaelog, Barclodiad-y-Gawres Burial Chamber - General View Internal Layout

Anglesey, Llanfaelog, Barclodiad-y-Gawres Burial Chamber - General View Internal Layout

Anglesey, Llanfaelog, Barclodiad-y-Gawres Burial Chamber - Henge style array of ancient standing stones

Anglesey, Llanfaelog, Barclodiad-y-Gawres Burial Chamber - Henge style array of ancient standing stones

Anglesey, Llanfaelog, Barclodiad-y-Gawres Burial Chamber - Internal view of standing stones and a capstone

Anglesey, Llanfaelog, Barclodiad-y-Gawres Burial Chamber - Internal view of standing stones and a capstone

Anglesey, Llanfaelog, Barclodiad-y-Gawres Burial Chamber - modern preservation work surounds the ancient monuments

Anglesey, Llanfaelog, Barclodiad-y-Gawres Burial Chamber - modern preservation work surrounds the ancient monuments

Anglesey, Llanfaelog, Barclodiad-y-Gawres Burial Chamber - Side view of the mound

Anglesey, Llanfaelog, Barclodiad-y-Gawres Burial Chamber - Side view of the mound

Anglesey, Llanfaelog, Barclodiad-y-Gawres Burial Chamber - Standing Stones

Anglesey, Llanfaelog, Barclodiad-y-Gawres Burial Chamber - Standing Stones

Anglesey, Llanfaelog, Barclodiad-y-Gawres Burial Chamber - Standing Stones and Ceiling (recent addition)

Anglesey, Llanfaelog, Barclodiad-y-Gawres Burial Chamber - Standing Stones and Ceiling (recent addition)

Anglesey, Llanfaelog, Barclodiad-y-Gawres Burial Chamber - Standing Stones and recently strengthened walls

Anglesey, Llanfaelog, Barclodiad-y-Gawres Burial Chamber - Standing Stones and recently strengthened walls

Anglesey, Llanfaelog, Barclodiad-y-Gawres Burial Chambers - CADW Information Sign

Anglesey, Llanfaelog, Barclodiad-y-Gawres Burial Chambers - CADW Information Sign

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