National Recording Project


Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

Gelert's Grave


Type Marker

     Group of three stones in enclosure under shade of tree protected by modern railings. In the centre is a large limestone boulder flanked by two irregular vertical limestone rocks. In front of the large boulder are two incised slate tablets.
     Gelert's Grave was erected c1802 by David Pritchard of the Beddgelert Hotel (now the Royal Goat Hotel). He revived and partly reinvented the story of Gelert and created the grave to accompany it in an attempt to encourage tourism.'The New Companion to the Literature of Wales' suggests that a 'more likely explanation of the village's name is that, in the sixth century, it was the site of a priory dedicated to Celert.'
     The story of Gelert's Grave recounts how Prince Llywelyn's left his faithful guard dog, Gelert, to watch over his baby son while he went hunting. On his return he discovered the cradle empty and Gelert with blood-stained jaws. Thinking the dog had attacked his son, he drew his sword and killed the dog only to discover his child safe behind the cot with a wolf lying dead beside it. Filled with remorse, Llywelyn is supposed to have buried Gelert in this location.


Slate tablets in front of main boulder relating the Gelert story in English and Welsh.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Known, Not ---

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Boulder marking site of 'grave' Limestone 100cm wide approx

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • Biological growth
Structural condition
  • Other
  • None
Road None
Precise location In enclosure under a tree in a field approx. 350m SW of St. Mary's Church
A-Z ref None
OS ref SH590477
Date of design None
Year of unveiling c.1802
Unveiling details c.1802
Commissioned by David Pritchard
Duty of care None
Listing status II
At risk? No known risk

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