I’m embarrassed to say that we normally avoid prehistoric monuments in Anglesey. This is because, from previous experience, they too often consist of a couple of stones in a barren field. But this year I was encouraged by an entry in Simon Jenkins’s book on what to visit in Wales to go to Din Llugwy, a Romano-British settlement set in a wood overlooking the sea in north-east Anglesey. It is everything Simon says and more: an extraordinarily evocative, dense set of stones, whose purpose is not altogether clear, set in remote woodland. It’s an early homestead, a Druidical villa, with two round huts of which the bases and door lintels survive. What’s more, not many people visit it, so that it feels like Avebury must have felt to those eighteenth-century archaeologists. No tickets, no tour guides, just fields and trees and stones.
This is the route across the fields next to Capel Llugwy, a roofless early medieval church:
These are the surrounding trees:
This is the remainder of a building in the north-east corner (Pevsner includes a numbered ground plan, but no key to the numbers):
This is one of the round huts, seen from above and its entrance doorway:
This is apparently the main building:
This is a view of another, maybe later, hut:
But photographs give no sense of the mystery of the place, the sense of a lost ancient settlement, of people in the trees.