Birthplace of Hedd Wyn, Historic Houses Trawsfynydd, Gwynedd - Wales where to go, what to see and where to stay in Wales


Pen Lan Trawsfynydd Gwynedd Wales
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Hedd Wyn (1887-1917), to give him his bardic name, was a Welsh poet who was killed in the first World War. He was born Ellis Humphrey Evans in a small terrace house in Pen Lan, Trawsfynydd, Merionethshire, North Wales. He began writing poetry at an early age winning his first chair at Bala in 1907 followed by chairs at Llanuwchllyn (twice), Pwllheli and Pontardawe. His family moved from the village centre to his father’s old home "Yr Ysgwrn", a small hill farm about a mile outside the village. Hedd Wyn was called up by the army in 1917 and was sent to the battlefields of Flanders. He was killed at the battle of Passchendaele, as where another 310,000 allied soldiers and 260,000 Germans. What makes Hedd Wyn so memorable to the Welsh is that his poem, "Yr Arwr" (The Hero) penned by Hedd Wyn while in Belgium, was posthumously awarded the bardic prize and sadly the chair was covered with a black cloth. "Yr Ysgwrn" the old family home is today run by Gerald, Hedd Wyn’s nephew, who is proud to show visitors around the house. There is today a statue of Hedd Wyn in the centre of the village.
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