Work to secure famous Owain Glyndwr site
Sep 17 2010 by Tom Bodden, Daily Post
Statue of Owain Glyndwr in Corwen
WORK is underway to repair the historic site where Owain Glyndr was proclaimed the Prince of Wales, which is at risk of collapse.
The Welsh Assembly Government announced yesterday – the 610th anniversary of the event – that a project would spend two years conserving the man-made ‘motte’ at Glyndyfrdwy, near Corwen.
The tree-covered mound is said to be the site of Glyndr’s house, and where he raised his standard in revolt against the English rule in Wales on September 16, 1400.
The eroded remains of the 12th century castle, known as Owain Glyndr’s Mount, was built to command the route through the Dee Valley.
Now work has begun to secure the most visible surviving evidence of his residence there for future generations.
The substantial man-made mound is bordered by the Llangollen light railway to the north and the main A5 to the south.
Cadw, the Assembly Government’s historic environment service, has been concerned about the state of this motte, which is in danger of collapsing, for a number of years.
Now work has begun on a conservation project to stabilise the mound, funded through the Welsh Assembly Government’s strategic capital investment fund.
The work at Glyndyfrdwy is part of a £2m project over two years to improve conservation and access at a number of Wales’ most iconic medieval monuments.
Plaid Cymru minister for heritage Alun Ffred Jones, the AM for Arfon, said: “The work to stabilise this iconic monument and improve access to the site will ensure it can be enjoyed by future generations.
Š“It’s appropriate that the beginning of this work should coincide with the anniversary of this important event in Welsh history.”
The proclamation in 1400 of Owain Glyndr as the Prince of Wales marked the beginning of a war of independence that led to the establishment of a Welsh parliament at Machynlleth, and later Harlech Castle, in the early 15th century.
Glyndr, the Baron of Glyndyfrdwy, built his manor house near the village before his 14-year rebellion against English rule.