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Statue of Hedd Wyn

A Grade II Listed Building in Trawsfynydd, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.9026 / 52°54'9"N

Longitude: -3.9232 / 3°55'23"W

OS Eastings: 270742

OS Northings: 335634

OS Grid: SH707356

Mapcode National: GBR 5Z.P1H9

Mapcode Global: WH55W.Q90N

Entry Name: Statue of Hedd Wyn

Listing Date: 27 February 2004

Last Amended: 27 February 2004

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 82543

Building Class: Commemorative

Location: In a slightly elevated position at the W side of Pen y Garreg Street, in the centre of the village of Trawsfynydd.

County: Gwynedd

Community: Trawsfynydd

Community: Trawsfynydd

Built-Up Area: Trawsfynydd

Traditional County: Merionethshire

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Early C20 memorial statue. Ellis Humphrey Evan, or Hedd Wyn, was born in Trawsfynydd in 1887, eldest son of Evan and Mary Evans. Shortly after his birth the family moved to his father's old home 'Yr Ysgwrn'. He won his first prize for poetry composition at the age of 12 and won his first chair at a literary meeting in Bala in 1907 and went on to win 5 others and was given the bardic name Hedd Wyn at a meeting of local poets at Ffestiniog in 1910. The last chair was awarded posthumously just over a month after his death at Pilkim Ridge, Flanders. The chair was draped in black to the great emotion of the audience, and the Eisteddfod at Birkenhead is still referred to as 'Eisteddfod y Gadair Ddu' - The Black Chair Eisteddfod.


Early C20 commemorative memorial in the form of a figurative statue of the poet Hedd Wyn - Ellis Humprhrey Evans. The figure stands on a rough stone stepped plinth into which a bronze plaque is set which reads: HEDD WYN / PRI FARDD EISTEDDROD GENEDLAETHOL 1917 / GANWYD EF YM MHLWYF TRAWSFYNYDD / A SYRTHIODD AR ESGAIR PILKEM YN / FFLANDRYS GORFFENAF 31 1917 YN 30 OED / "EI ABERTH NID A HEIBIO EI WYNEB / ANNWYL NID AN ANGO / ER I'R ALMAEN YSTAENIO / EI DWRN DUR YN EI WAEDÔ"

Leaning against the front face of the plinth is a slate tablet which bears the same inscription and set on the ground in front of the memorial is a further slate tablet which reads: HEDD WYN / THIS STATUE COMMEMORATES THE / DEATH OF THE WINNING BARD AT THE BIRKENHEAD NATIONAL EISTEDDFOD / AUGUST 1917 THE CHAIR WAS AWARDED / POSTHUMOUSLY TO HEDD WYN WHO WAS / KILLED IN ACTION AT PILKIM RIDGE / FLANDERS ON JULY 30TH 1917.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as a fine figurative commemorative statue commemorating an important figure in C20 Welsh literature.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Capel Moriah Fro
    In a prominent location, within a railed enclosure, raised above the W side of Pen y Garreg Street in the centre of the village of Trawsfynydd.
  • II White Lion Inn
    Set alongside the E side of the Pen y Garreg Street leading N out of the village of Trawsfynydd.
  • II Church of St Madryn
    Within a walled churchyard which has a lychgate to SW; at the NW side of the square along Church Street.
  • II Pont Trawsfynydd
    Spanning the Afon Prysor at the S end of the village of Maentwrog and carrying Fronwynion Street, which leads into the village directly off the A470.
  • II Milepost by Fron-oleu
    Set alongside the E side of the A470 S of Fron-oleu; to S of the village of Trawsfynydd
  • II Hayban and cowhouse at Berth-ddu
    Close to the west side of the A470, to the NE of the house at Berth-ddu, detached from the main farmyard.
  • II Outbuilding at Berth-ddu
    Between the house and the detached cow-house and haybarn, close to the west side of the A470, and built against sloping ground.
  • II* Yr Ysgwrn Farmhouse, stable and cartshed
    Sited on rising ground on the S side of Cwm Prysor and reached via a farm track off the road from Trawsfynydd.

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