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Thursday, September 14, 2023

Welsh hero's sword, crown and dagger to travel on Llangollen Railway

* Owain Glyndŵr's statue in the centre of Corwen.

A very special cargo will be conveyed on the Llangollen & Corwen Railway this Saturday.

To mark Owain Glyndŵr Day the legendary Welsh hero's replica sword, crown and dagger will be conveyed on the 12.21 train, hauled by a Class 47 engine, from his family land at Glyndyfrdwy, arriving at Corwen station at 12.40. 

It will then process with a carrying party from Embassy Glyndŵr to Corwen Square and the Owain Glyndŵr statue. 

At 13.00, representatives of the Corwen Owain Glyndŵr Day Festival will lay a wreath on the monument before a trustee of the Amgueddfa Corwen Museum officially receives the sword and crown from one of the Glyndŵr Embassy representatives. 

The dagger will be presented by Cllr Gordon Hughes, on behalf of Corwen Town Council.

The 44-inch long sword, known as the Sword of the Nation, weighs more than eight pounds and was originally unveiled at Cardiff Castle, having been paid for by an anonymous donor and commissioned by Embassy Glyndŵr, who said back in 2004 that the sword would act in place of Welsh “national treasures and symbols of statehood” lost after the conquest of Wales by Edward I in 1282-83.

A spokesperson for Llangollen & Corwen Railway said: "We are honoured to work with Amgueddfa Corwen Museum and convey these historic artefacts on their journey for display in the very heart of Owain Glyndŵr's homeland and on his national day of celebration from Glyndyfrdwy." 

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