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maggie1966 wrote a review Sep. 2020
Barry, United Kingdom1,235 contributions132 helpful votes
Monument isn't at Cartref Hedd Wyn but set in village across the valley... Next to Tabernacle Church.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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923Dan wrote a review Aug. 2020
Swindon, United Kingdom2,318 contributions503 helpful votes
Stopped off whilst in Trawsfynydd to admire the statue of local Hedd Wyn in the heart of the village, just by the main Village Hall. Not a great deal to see but worth a look if you are driving through.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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lovetrav_9 wrote a review Jun. 2019
Old Colwyn, United Kingdom962 contributions368 helpful votes
Hedd Wyn’s statue is in the centre of the lovely friendly village of Trawsfynydd and I have stopped and reflected there countless times. He was named Ellis Humphrey Evans and took the bardic name of Hedd Wyn meaning Blessed Peace; doubly sad that he should have lost his life in war. He was killed on the first day of the battle of Paschendaele in 1917 at the age of 30, but his poetry lives on. In the same year, he was posthumously awarded the Bard’s Chair at the Welsh National Eisteddfod and is renowned for his poetry.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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Jac Hughes wrote a review Apr. 2019
Trawsfynydd, United Kingdom14 contributions1 helpful vote
Being a ‘hogyn Traws’ (Traws lad) i love going for a walk sometimes to the statue to see Hedd Wyn, it’s a reminder of times gone by. Apparently I’m distantly related to Hedd Wyn (although everyone in Traws technically is) but in the film it shows him as a big drinker and a bit of a womaniser so it would actually make sense. Jac the Lad
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Jilly2903 wrote a review Nov. 2018
Llan Ffestiniog, United Kingdom1,845 contributions624 helpful votes
On a recent sunny Sunday morning, me and Hubby enjoyed a short walk around the village of Traws(fynydd). In the centre of the village (opposite the Health Centre) we saw a bronze statue of Hedd Wyn. His real name was Ellis Humphrey Evans (1887-1917). He was born in a terraced cottage further along the main street. He and his family moved to Yr Ysgwrn (listed separately on T.A.) which is about a mile away on the other side of the A470. He worked as a shepherd on his family's hill farm until June 1917 when he reluctantly (he was a Christian pacifist) joined the Royal Welsh Fusiliers. During World War 1, he wrote a poem in Welsh called Yr Arwr (The Hero) and submitted it to the National Eisteddfod competition in Birkenhead. On 31st July 1917 at the age of 30, he was killed in action in Flanders in the first few hours on the first day of the Battle of Passchendaele. He is buried at the Artillery Wood Cemetary in Belgium. Six weeks later in August 1917 his poem won him the highest honour (the chair) at the National Eisteddfod. Because it was a posthumous award, the chair was draped in a black shroud...very sad. The statue was created by English Sculptor Leonard Stanford Merrifield (1880-1943) and was unveiled in 1923 by the mother of Hedd Wyn = his pen-name which actually translates to Blessed Peace. It shows him humbly dressed in shepherd's clothing holding a crook in his left hand. There are explanatory slate plaques at the base. When we visited, there was a recently laid poppy wreath. On Sunday, 11.11.2018 to commemorate the Armitice centenary, a large scale portrait of his face was drawn in the sand on Colwyn Bay beach....it was gradually washed away as the tide came in.
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Date of experience: November 2018
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