Childhood home of renowned Welsh author to be acquired by Cadw

Thursday 13 June 2013

Cae'r Gors, the former home of celebrated Welsh author Kate Roberts, is to be acquired by Cadw on behalf of the nation.

Childhood home of renowned Welsh author to be acquired by Cadw

Childhood home of renowned Welsh author to be acquired by Cadw

To commemorate the occasion the Minister for Culture and Sport, John Griffiths, will visit Cae'r Gors to view the property and meet members of the Cae'r Gors Trust.

The 19th century smallholding in Rhosgadfan near Caernarfon, which is a Grade II listed quarryman’s cottage in the Snowdonia National Park, will now form part of the Cadw estate.

By working closely with the Trust, Cadw will deliver events and activities at the site which will encourage visitors to Kate Roberts' childhood home and appreciation of her works.

Speaking before his visit John Griffiths said: 'The importance of Kate Roberts’ literary works to the people of Wales is well understood across this country and internationally.'

'Cae’r Gors will benefit from joining the Cadw family of iconic heritage sites and will continue to deliver its own unique visitor experience.

'Cadw will be working closely with the Cae Gors Trust to develop the site into a sustainable heritage visitor attraction and place for learning and celebration of Welsh literature. '

Typical of slate quarrying smallholdings in north west Wales the acquisition of Cae’r Gors brings the number of properties under Cadw’s care to 129.

The house, which Kate Roberts lived in between 1895 until at least 1910, is already open to the public. The Trust has used the adjacent community and visitor centre to support educational tours with schools and colleges focusing on Kate Roberts and the life and culture of the surrounding slate quarry communities.

Kate Roberts is a significant figure in Welsh cultural history with perhaps her most successful book of short stories being Te yn y grug ('Tea in the heather') – a series of stories about children.

As well as short stories Roberts also wrote novels with perhaps her most famous being Traed mewn cyffion ('Feet in chains') which reflected the hard life of a slate quarrying family.