In October 1927 a great storm swept the Irish Sea and in particular the Cardigan
bay coast of Wales.
So severe was the ferocity of the storm that it stopped the tidal flow in the Irish
seas which resulted in a double high tide.
The resulting combination of high seas and strong on shore winds obliterated the
Pwllheli to Llanbedrog tramway and here in Criccieth destroyed the dwellings on
the seashore called Abermarchnad the pressure of the waves punched holes through
the back walls of the houses and the high seas which had swept onto the promenade
area in front of the cottages flowed back through their front doors adding double
the misery to the poor inhabitants . The houses were subsequently demolished and
the occupants re-housed .The picture shows the remains of the partially demolished
With grateful thanks to Capt Robrt Cadwaladr and the late Cllr Owen Pritchard