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Owain Glyndwr (c.1349–c.1416)
Owain Glyndwr (c.1349–c.1416)
Owain Glyndwr (c.1349–c.1416)
Owain Glyndwr (c.1349–c.1416)
Owain Glyndwr (c.1349–c.1416)
Owain Glyndwr (c.1349–c.1416)
Owain Glyndwr (c.1349–c.1416)
Owain Glyndwr (c.1349–c.1416)

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The statue depicts Glyndr on a battle charger rallying his people to the Welsh cause at the time of the hostilities in September 1400. It was originally intended to sit atop an 8–ton granite plinth quarried in China, but this was lost down a ravine during a monsoon during transport to the UK. The present plinth was quarried at Trefor near Pwllheli. The statue replaced an earlier controversial and widely disliked statue of Glyndwr standing with his sword (known by locals as 'the gnome in wellies'). On 16th September 1400, Glyndwr instigated the Welsh Revolt against the rule of Henry IV of England. Although initially successful, the uprising was eventually put down. Glyndwr was last seen in 1412 and was never captured nor tempted by royal pardons and never betrayed.

Title

Owain Glyndwr (c.1349–c.1416)

Date

2007

Medium

bronze & granite

Measurements

H 450 x W (?) x D (?) cm

Accession number

LL21_AEB_S001

Acquisition method

commissioned by Denbighshire County Council, the Welsh Development Agency, the Wales Tourist Board, Ivor Williams Trailers, the Corwen Partnership and Lord Newborough of Rhug Estates

Work type

Equestrian

Owner

Denbighshire County Council

Custodian

Corwen Community Council

Work status

extant

Unveiling date

13th September 2007

Access

at all times

Inscription description

front of plinth: Owain Glydŵr / Y Mab Darogan - The Foretold Son / 1349 – 1416; side of the plinth, in Welsh on the left, and translated into English on the right: Owain Glyndŵr was the leader of a national / revolt against English rule in Wales, / beginning in 1400 with an attack on Ruthin's / foreignh colony from hbis stronhold near / Corwen. / Proclaimed Prince of Wales by a / Welsh parliament – the only one ever to / receive such an honour – he gained control / over most of the country, winning battles and / capturing castles. He summoned several / parliaments, held an alliance with France, / Ireland and Scotland, and proposed an / independent church and two universities / for Wales. /Owain sustained the hopes of his nation for / over fifteen years and his myth lived on even / though he died in obscurity, having never / accepted the pardon offered to him. / In succeeding centuries he has become a / potent symbol of the Welsh spirit and the / father of modern Wales

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Located at

The Square, Corwen

LL21 0DL

Located at the junction of the A5 and Green Lane.