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 Wednesday, 22 January, 2003, 17:04 GMT
'Worthy' memorial for Glyndwr's home
Owain Glyndwr
Owain Glyndwr led a Welsh rebellion
Residents living near the ancestral home of Welsh legend Owain Glyndwr have called for a "worthy memorial" to be erected in his honour.

The family of the proclaimed Prince of Wales were from Corwen - situated at the head of the Dee Valley.

This will not only create a new tourism project but also help raise the awareness of this great Welshman even further

Nigel Davies Corwen Working Group

Local people believe there should be a fitting tribute to the 15th Century leader to mark his affiliation with the area.

Members of the Corwen Working Group, a body set up to promote the town, have asked designers to submit their ideas.

Clwyd South AM Karen Sinclair said a lot of people want to remember him.

"There have been a number of ideas put forward over recent years to produce a lasting and truly worthy memorial to Owain Glyndwr.

"The vast majority have fallen by the wayside and the very small number that have been produced, with respect, will not make a substantial noise.

Karen Sinclair AM
Karen Sinclair AM has backed the plan

"The Corwen Working Group feel that if such a monument is to be produced then it should be situated within the valley from which Glyndwr took his name.

"I will be supporting that view back in Cardiff," she said.

Glyndwr was proclaimed Prince of Wales on 16 September, 1400 after rebelling against English rule.

He had a land dispute with his neighbour Richard de Grey, Lord of Ruthin - a close friend of the new King Henry IV.

He burnt the town to the ground and the rebellion throughout Wales grew.

Mythical status

Glyndwr is a key figure in Welsh history and was the last Welsh-born Prince of Wales.

He managed to take control of the whole of Wales and he held a parliament in Machynlleth in Powys.

During his reign, he made plans for two Welsh universities and for an independent Welsh church, and he entered into an alliance with France.

He was eventually defeated by a sustained war by superior English forces.

He went into hiding and the date of his death and the place of his burial are uncertain - a situation which added to his mythical status.

Chairman of Corwen Working Group, Nigel Davies said the proposed development would help put the town on the map.

"This will not only create a new tourism project but also help raise the awareness of this great Welshman even further," he said.

Proposals for the memorial have already been received and a decision will be taken later this year.


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