Glyndyfrdwy, near Corwen, was one of Owain Glyndŵr’s residencies and today the most visible surviving evidence of this is a substantial man-made mound or motte, with the Llangollen Light Railway to the north and the A5 to the south.
For a number of years, Cadw, the Assembly Government’s historic environment service, has been concerned about the state of this motte which is in danger of collapsing.
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 £2million project over two years to improve conservation and access at a number of Wales’ most iconic medieval monuments.
Minister for Heritage, Alun Ffred Jones, said:
“The work to stabilise this iconic monument and improve access to the site will ensure that it can be enjoyed by future generations.
“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 Glyndŵr as the Prince of Wales marked the beginning of a war of independence that led to the establishment of an independent Welsh parliament at Machynlleth and later, Harlech Castle, in the early 15th century.