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The Ugly House
The history of the Ugly House (Ty Hyll) is very vague but the legend says it was built back in the 15th century by two outlawed brothers, based on the old Welsh law of ty unos - a house of a single night. If you could build four walls and have smoke coming out of the chimney between sunset and sunrise, you got the freehold of the land.
Then you had the opportunity to stand on each corner, throw
an axe as far as you could and take ownership of all that land too.
This is what's most commonly talked about, though if you
look at the size of the house there's no way it could have
been built in a day. But there was a strong custom of that
being a law, so perhaps something smaller along those lines
was built on this site before this structure. It's thought the building that stands today was built when Thomas Telford was building the A5 from London to Holyhead in the 18th century The outside wasn't changed and it's still known as the Ugly House, and this might be for many reasons. Perhaps because the first house was built by the outlaws, who were thought to be 'ugly', dark, sinister characters hiding out in the woods. Or perhaps it's somehow a mis-spelling of 'Lligwy'. Or, most likely, 'hyll' doesn't actually mean ugly in old Welsh, but something more like rugged - and that makes more
sense,as it is a bit rugged, but not really ugly at all.