Battle of Gower Memorial Stone
Large (4 tonne) stone set on raised bank on common.
The memorial stone was the result of a two year campaign by the Battle of Gower Memorial Committee to draw attention to the battle. The stone was donated by Wottan Roadstone Ltd., Blaenyfan Quarry, Pontyates. It was unveiled by former Plaid Cymru president Dr. Gwynfor Evans.
Based on 12th century accounts, the Battle of Gower took place when a Welsh army under the leadership of Hywel ap Maredudd of Brycheiniog met and defeated an Anglo-Norman force which was occupying Gower. The battle concluded on Garngoch Common with over five hundred men killed.
Cut into front of stone and painted black: 1136
Inscription on slate plaque near stone: THIS STONE COMMEMORATES THE / BATTLE OF GOWER / JANUARY 1ST 1136 / A FORCE OF WELSHMEN LED BY / HYWEL AP MAREDUDD OF BRECONSHIRE / BATTLED TO DEFEAT AN ANGLO-NORMAN ARMY / MANY PERISHED WITH MUCH BLOODSHED / THIS SUGGESTS THE ORIGIN OF / THE COMMON'S NAME / 'GARN GOCH.' / "LAND WITHOUT HERITAGE - / LAND WITHOUT SOUL."
Inscription on adjacent slate plaque: MAE'R GARREG HON YN COFFAU / BRWYDR GWYR / IONAWR 1AF 1136 / BRWYDRODD LLU O GYMRY O DAN ARWEINIAD / HYWEL AP MAREDUDD O FRYCHEINIOG / YN FUDDUGOLIAETHUS YN ERBYN BYDDIN / EINGL-NORMANAIDD / BU FARW LLAWER YN Y FRWYDR WAEDLID / TYBIR MAI DYNA DARDDIAD ENW COMIN / 'GARN GOCH.' / "GWLAD HEB ETIFEDDIAETH- / GWLAD HEB ENAID."
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