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Maengwyn Street Machynlleth Powys Wales
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The Old Parliament Building lies on the north side of Heol Maengwyn, Machynlleth, and is currently afforded statutory protected as a Grade I Listed Building. It has been considerably altered during its history, having been a row of cottages during the 19th century prior to extensive restoration works during the early 20th century. The importance of the building lies in its alleged association with Owain Glyndwr, and the claims that this was the site of the building where Glyndwr held the first Welsh Parliament in 1404. A programme of dendrochronological sampling, undertaken by the Oxford Dendrochronology Laboratory, provided an interesting set of results, which indicate that the surviving roof timbers were felled in the summer of 1470. This clearly suggests that the present building, although an important late medieval house, cannot be the Parliament House of Owain Glyndwr. Today the building with its neighbour, the Owain Glyndwr Centre, contains interesting exhibitions and displays of Glyndwr's life and provides information on his military campaigns against the English.
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