Thursday, February 01, 2018

Llewelyn ap Iorwerth in Lancaster Square, Conwy

From the Welcome to Conwy site:
Lancaster Square is the town square in the centre of Conwy. It hosts several festivals and events each and every year. In 2013 it held the start of the famous Wales Rally GB. 
In the centre of Lancaster Square is a statue of Llewelyn ap Iorwerth (or Llewelyn the Great) who stands proudly above a fountain painted in his heritage colours. 
The writing that is in scripted on the fountain says that Llewelyn founded Aberconwy Abbey in 1186, some even say that Llewellyn founded the town himself. 
The bronze statue was created by a man named E.O Griffith in 1898 and was commemorated to introduce the towns water supply. 
Llewelyn was said to be born in Dolwyddelan Castle in 1173 and raised in Powys. By the age of 10, Llewelyn had begun his military career and in 1201 he had successfully conquered Gwynedd. 
In 1209, Llewelyn became the first Welsh leader to join an English King on a campaign outside Wales, they would join together and try to defeat William I of Scotland.
I took this photograph of the statue on holiday in 2010.

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