Statues - Hither & Thither

Great Britain
Corwen
Denbighshire / Sir Ddinbych

Wales

The Square

Owain Glyndŵr

Owen Glendower - Owain IV of Wales

c. 1354 or 1359 - c. 1416
Welsh ruler and the last native Welsh person to hold the title Prince of Wales
(Wikipedia)
Colin Spofforth
2007

Corwen /  Owain Glyndŵr   Corwen /  Owain Glyndŵr

Description

Bronze equestrian statue of Owain on his armoured battle horse, on a plinth of Welsh granite.

Inscription(s)

On the front:
Owain
Glyndŵr

Y Mab Darogan – The Foretold Son
1349-1416
Cerflun gan / Sculpture by Colin Spofforth
On the side:

Owain Glyndŵr oedd arweinydd y gwrthryfel
mwyaf llwyddiannus erioed yn erbyn gormes
Seisnig yng Nghymru, gan danio'r fflam yn
1400 gydag ymosodiad ar drefedigaeth estron
Rhuthun o'i gadarnle yn ardal Corwen.

Cafodd ei gyhoeddi'n Dywysog Cymru gan
Senedd Gymreig – yr unig un erioed i dderbyn
yr anrhydedd honno, a bu'n rheoli'r rhan
helaethaf o'r wlad, gan drechu byddinoedd
coron Lloegr a chipio nifer o gestyll. Galwodd
sawl senedd ynghyd, creodd gynghreiriau
â Ffrainc, yr Iwerddon ac yr Alban a'i freuddwyd
oedd gweld eglwys annibynnol a dwy hrifysgol
yn ateb anghenion Cymry.

Cynhaliodd freuddwyd ei genedl am dros
bymthreg mlynedd a thyfodd y chwedl amdano
ar ôl iddo farw yn gudd, wedi gwrthod pob
pardwn a gynigiwyd iddo.

Dros y canrifoedd, tyfodd i fod yn symbol
neithol o ysbryd y Gymry, ac yn dad
Gymru fodern

Comisiynwyd gan / Commissioned by
Partneriaeth Corwen Partnership
CORWEN
[coat of arms]
2007
Gyda chefnogaeth ariannol gan:

Llywodraeth Cynulliad Cymru
Cronfa Allweddol Amcan 1 yr UE
Cyngor Sir Ddinbych

Supported by funding from:

Welsh Assembly Government
EU Objective 1 Key Fund
Denbighshire County Council
[three logos]

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

Signature

Spofforth

Annotation

The equestrian statue replaced an iron statue of Owain Glyndŵr by the Hereford sculptor Simon van de Put, from 1995. Many of the town's folk felt very strongly that this statue was not a good enough representation of Owain and there was a great deal of controversy when it was unveiled. Many called the statue, "the gnome in wellies" and they were pleased that a new statue had been commissioned to replace it. Historian's visiting Corwen said that Van de Put's statue was not authentic in dress or arm's.

Sculptor

Sources & Information

Tags

Locatie (N 52°58'50" - W 3°22'23")

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