The Corn Mill (Melin Ŷd) on the Dee dates from the 13th century and was built by the Cistercians of Valle Crucis Abbey.
Water power was a feature of Llangollen for centuries, and several mills (now converted to homes or business premises)
remain along the Dee, Eglwyseg and Cyflymen.
The Corn Mill, rebuilt in 1786, was working until 1974 and after falling into disrepair was restored
and is now a delightful place for a meal or a drink.
It was one of Jonathan Hughes (1721 -1805), a local poet’s favourite subjects.
See his englyn below (English translation by Nia Rhosier). Photo Corn Mill.
Melin ŷd malu y wna – i gannoedd
Ddigonedd o fara,
A phwys bol ffos y Bala
Try ei rhod er trai yr ha.
The flour mill it grinds - for hundreds
Bread - a plenty,
And the force of the water from Bala's source
Turns its wheel to summer's end.