Amidst the natural disasters caused by high temperatures across the world in recent weeks, and Llantysilio mountain still raging, memories of a man-made disaster that took place in 1965 have risen to the surface.

Features of a forever drowned village, Capel Celyn, submerged beneath a lake in the Tryweryn Valley above Bala have reappeared as water levels have fallen during the current drought in north Wales.

Video and images by Craig Colville

The rural village, which had a post office, school and chapel with a cemetery, was controversially flooded by the UK Government in 1965 to create a reservoir to provide water for the city of Liverpool and the Wirral.

The decision was met with mass protests in Tryweryn, a campaign known as Save Tryweryn, led by north Wales trade union leader Huw T Edwards that marched on the streets of Liverpool in opposition to the to the flooding of their home. The protestors were unsuccessful in their cause.

The lost village now lies beneath a body of water at the bed of the Llyn Celyn reservoir, originally named the ‘Great Tryweryn Lake’ but was subsequently changed due to criticism.

In 2005, Liverpool City Council issued a formal apology for the flooding.

The tragedy and the protests it caused are still considered a touchstone political moment in the rebirth of Welsh nationalism.