SAVE BRYN GLAS SOCIETY - CYMDEITHAS MEYSYDD GAD
LATE IN APRIL 2006, the land on the PILLETH ESTATE in
Radnorshire, was placed in the hands of an agent, for
sale by tender to the highest bidder - and the alarm
bells rang. Lot 5 of the sale included Bryn Glâs - the
site of the great victory of Owain Glyndwr on 22nd June
1402 - the site of one of the most important battles in
Adrian Jones, John “the Rocks” Davies and Albert Ward,
called a public meeting in the Castle Hotel, Llandeilo
on 4th May, 2006 to discuss what should be done about a
potential threat to our national heritage.
In the great tradition of our nation, those present at
the meeting agreed to form themselves into a ‘Save Bryn
Glas Society’ and a committee was formed, with an agreed
constitution, and it was decided to write to Wales’
celebrities, financial leaders and philanthropists to
seek their help in raising funds to purchase the site.
There was a very short time in order to achieve the goal
- the bid had to be with the agent before 12 June a
period of only 7 weeks.
The sale and the attempt to rescue the site for the
nation stimulated a great deal of interest in the media
and those who are interested in preserving and promoting
our heritage. BBC TV and radio interviews in both
languages were broadcast and added impetus to the cause.
We needed to raise an amount in the vicinity of
£400,000, and in a short time, from the campaign, we
were promised a total of £6,500.00 in varying amounts up
Initially we had two benefactors who signalled their
desire to buy the Battlefield land privately, thus
giving the Society time to raise the full amount with
which to later repay them and thereby hand the land over
to a management trust to preserve it for the nation. As
the deadline approached, however, it soon became clear
that the benefactors had not been able to make a bid by
the 12 June, in time to avoid taking part in the open
To this day we do not know who these benefactors were,
but we were all convinced that their offer was real and
in good faith. In the event, the land was bought by a
neighbouring landowner, and the existing management
regime on the site is unchanged - the existing tenant
farmer is still grazing his sheep on the field and the
public still has full access to the site with the
owner’s kind permission. The best result has emerged
after the excitement, but what of the society?
All was not lost - the campaign stimulated a number of
societies in the Welsh History Forum to choose ‘Bryn
Glas’ as the theme for their National Eisteddfod
Exhibition on the Forum stand at the Abertawe Eisteddfod
- and the Society still exists.
On the 23 October 2006, the Save Bryn Glas Society
reconvened at the Castle Hotel in Llandeilo and was
presented with the choice of disbanding or re-forming.
There are at least 97 other recorded battle sites in
Wales which were responsible for major changes in the
course of our history. The number of such sites which
are commemorated with a monument can be counted on one
hand. Not even the famous battlefield of Coed Llathen or
the field on which “The Flower of the Welsh Army” were
killed at Builth, are marked.
Scotland and England have their own ‘Battlefield Trusts’
and are both eager that we in Wales should also have a
trust dedicated to the remembrance of our battlefields.
There are a number of individuals and groups here who
are interested in the commemoration of our great battle
sites, but there is as yet no Welsh Battlefield Trust.
Thus, on 23 October, those of us who were present
decided to form the nucleus of such a national trust for
the preservation and commemoration of our own
battlefields and would be pleased to join with others to
bring this about. Those who would like to join us would
perhaps like to contact us.
John H. Davies.
Bryn Glas the Wellingtonias.
Llangathen Village Hall, Carmarthenshire.
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