National Recording Project


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

Gwenllian Memorial


Type Marker

     Spreading cobbled dome base terminating in a horizontal slate plane on which the roughly hewn commemorative stone rests. Circular panel with inscription and celtic knot on front face of stonel.
          Gwenllian was the daughter of Gruffydd ap Cynan, Prince of Gwynedd. She was born in Anglesey and married Gruffydd ap Rhys ap Tewdwr, son of her father's close ally and co-victor of the Battle of Mynydd Carn in 1081. Gruffydd ap Rhys was determined to re-establish the integrity of his hereditary kingdom and fresh Anglo-Norman advances into southern and western Wales saw Gwenllian and her husband fighting a guerrilla campaign from ther base in the forest of Ystrad Tywi.In 1136 Gruffydd ap Rhys travelled north for reinforcements but the fresh advance of Norman forces around Kidwelly led Gwenllian to try and protect her husband's kingdom in his absence. A traitor in her camp, however, led to her being trapped, caught and subsequently executed.


Incised on front face of stone (circular): GWENLLIAN / 1136

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Known, Not ---

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Memorial Stone 175cm high
Base Stone/slate 60cm high

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • Biological growth
Structural condition
  • Other
  • None
Road None
Precise location Outside main entrance to Kidwelly Castle
A-Z ref None
OS ref SN413072
Date of design None
Year of unveiling c.1994
Unveiling details c.1994
Commissioned by None
Duty of care None
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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