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Bronze Bell (Information Leaflet - 2022)

Brief History: Bronze Bell

The Bronze Bell (or Tal-y-Bont) wreck lies to the south of the Sarn Badrig Reef (St. Partick's Causeway) between Barmouth and Harlech in Cardigan Bay, West Wales.  The wreck is named after the bell that was found on the site bearing the date 1677.  Along with cannons and anchors on the site were found 43 blocks of Italian Carrara marble. 

The site is designated under the Protection of Wrecks Act (1973), and many of the artefacts recovered from the site are now on display at a museum dedicated to the wreck in Barmouth. One of the marble blocks recovered from the site has also been carved and is on display on the quay side in Barmouth. 


As part of the exercise carried out by MADU in 2017, a leaflet was designed to provide information about the wreck and the site together with helping to promote the Bronze Bell Shipwreck Museum.

During September 2021, MSDS Marine were commissioned to carry out a re-evaluation and survey of the site as part of the on-going CHERISH Project, during which, MADU provided introductions and background assistance.  Following a suggestion from MSDS Marine, MADU re-submitted to Cadw a copy of their 2017 information leaflet for the site to see if there was any interest in taking this forward.

Cadw's response was favourable, indicating that they were supportive of the idea, and expressed their interest in seeing the leaflet expanded to include additional information. To assist with the re-design and provision of new bi-lingual leaflets, MSDS Marine, very kindly provided MADU with a grant of £500 as part of their Marine Protected Wreck Award Scheme, and the leaflets below are the result.

Bronze Bell leaflet - English version) Bronze Bell leaflet - Welsh version

The Bronze Bell leaflet

(English version)

The Bronze Bell leaflet

(Welsh version)

A full version of these leaflets can be found by using the links above.

Bronze Bell Leaflets
Geraint Wyn Jones, Trustee of the Bronze Bell Shipwreck Museum in Barmouth, receiving copies of their new bi-lingual information leaflet from Ian Cundy of the Malvern Archaeological Diving Unit.

Reference Links:

Further information relating to work associated with this site and carried out by MADU can be found at:

1998 - Bronze Bell (Field School)

2011 - Bronze Bell (Diver Trail Proposal)

2017 - Bronze Bell (Project)

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