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

Eisteddfod Commemorative Stone


Type Marker

     Circular slate tablet with semi-circular Welsh and English inscriptions and celtic decoration, fixed to a large slab of stone.
     The planners were Dr. J. Geraint Jenkins and Jack Arnell. The work was sponsored by Bwrdd Croeso Cymru, Bwrdd Datblygu Cymru Wledig, Cardigan Council, Newport Council, National Eisteddfod. The stone was unveiled in October 1993 by Rev. John Gwilym Jones (Arch Druid).
     Erected to commemorate the first Eisteddfod held at Cardigan Castle in 1176. This was hosted by Lord Rhys ap Gruffyd. Having conquered Cardigan for the Welsh in 1165, Lord Rhys demolished the castle and rebuilt it in stone. To celebrate its completion in 1176, he hosted a feast of poetry and music and this became known as being the first Welsh Eisteddfod .


Incised on slate tablet, inside celtic decoration, above central cross: Yma yn 1176 Oechreuwyd Traddodiad Eisteddfodd Cymru. / Fny Nghastell Aberteifi cynhaliwyd gwyl fawr o farddoniaeth / a cherdd wedi ei noddi gan yr Arglwydd Rhys, cefnogwr hael y celfyddydau. Incised on slate tablet, inside celtic decoration, below central cross: Here in 1176 the tradition of the / Welsh Eisteddfod began. In Cardigan Castle / a grand feast of poetry and music was sponsored and / hosted by the Lord Rhys, a generous patron of the Arts.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Beach, Reg Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Tablet Slate 56cm diameter
Stone Stone 235cm high

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • Biological growth
Structural condition
  • Other
  • Surface damage
Road Bridge Street
Precise location Outside walls of Cardigan Castle and opposite 'The Teifi Otter' sculpture on Prince Charles Quay
A-Z ref None
OS ref SN177459
Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1993
Unveiling details None
Commissioned by None
Duty of care None
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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