Unit 16 - Ynys Gifftan

I was talking to Hugh Williams, who lived in Ynys Gifftan, a  few years before he died  about the change in the course of the river this  side of the Island and Hugh told me that tha last time  the river  came  this  side was 1940.  It is now back  again  on  the Minffordd side but with David Jones working hard this side of the Island  and taking a lot of the sand away I am sure that it  wont be  very long before we see it back again this side. 

The  traeth has altered a lot in the last fifty years.  When I think that the sand  was  up  to the rocks by Clogwyn Melyn and  also  by  Trwyn Glanmor,  now there is acres of it covered by that terrible  weed and of course it holds all the mud, at one time it was a lovely beach.  

The  men used to go down in Winter on  the  saltings  to shoot wild ducks and if they weather was very cold they would get a few wild geese. 

A firm came to the traeth to cut turf and  the turf was taken all over the Country for bowling greens and  football  pitches.  They treated the turf with fertilisers  and  they put  weed killer down to kill the weeds but owing to a very  cold winter  they  could not cut the turf and they  took  the  railway track up, it was nearly down to the Island.  We went to Southend a  few years ago and we were shown a bowling green that  was  returfed with turf from Talsarnau and it would be nice to know  of other places that had turf from the traeth. 

What  does `Ynys Gifftan' mean?  Soime people think it  could  be `gitan'  a  young goat as the farm the Minffordd side  is  called Abergafran .  Could it have come from the word `skiff' - a  boat, as some people think.