THE CENTRE

 

 

THE CENTRE

 

 

"Yr oedd aroglau cŵyr melyn lond y gegin, y dodrefn yn disgleirio a’r teils coch a du ar y llawr yn dywyll gan sebon a chadach. Gorweddai cysgodion ar ben draw y gegin fel eryr mawr yn lledu ei esgyll. Y tu ôl i’r cysgodion yr oedd darluniau teidiau a neiniau, ewythrod a modrybedd; marwnadau mewn fframiau i aelodau o’r teulu… Yr oedd tân mawr coch yn y grât a’r cochni yn rhedeg yn araf i’r marwor a ymestynnai’n bell i fyny’r simnai. Ychwanegid at olau’r aelwyd o dan y simnai fawr gan sach siwgr gwyn a roddasid ar y matin newydd. Yn y twll mawn wrth ochr y popty yr oedd y gath yn cysgu yn dorch."
Marwolaeth Stori, Kate Roberts


Little imagination is needed to envision what Cae’r Gors, the childhood home of Kate Roberts, was like at the beginning of the twentieth century. Depictions of rural life in the quarrying community of Rhosgadfan appear in her work frequently. When reading her descriptions of life in a rural cottage it is easy to imagine yourself dozing in an armchair by the fire to the sound of a purring cat and the crackling of the flames from the grate. Yet since April 2007, when the house was restored and the heritage centre built, we don’t have to imagine; it is now possible to experience the living conditions of the period, to learn about the customs and traditions and examine household implements used at that time. The centre presents an accurate portrayal of life in this area of Wales during Kate’s childhood with particular emphasis upon the life of the quarryman and the housewife.

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