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Attraction of the week - Llywelyn Mural
Llywelyn Mural
Llywelyn Mural In the centre of Builth Wells you can now see and enjoy the recently completed 1000 feet square mural depicting the final days of Llywelyn ap Gruffydd, the last native Prince of Wales.Llywelyn's death is still remembered as a national disaster by many who believe it was the final nail in the coffin of Welsh nationhood. In the winter of 1282, after defeating the English army at Menai Straits, Llywelyn came to Builth to raise support for his cause. The exact events leading to his death are not known, but treachery has always been suspected. We know that he sent his army to receive the homage of the men of Brycheiniog whilst he remained for a clandestine meeting with persons who promised support for his cause, (a cyphered letter was found on his body).He, and his bodyguard of approximately 18 men, were attacked near Cilmery and the prince was mortally wounded. Myths surround his death, but few, if any, have any substance or historical evidence.The prince's body was reputedly buried in Abbeycwmhir, his head was taken to London to be displayed on the Tower. The mural shows Llywelyn and his men in a scene depicting the fighting and a representation of Builth Castle.The mural was designed by Ronald Swanwick (www. stablestudio.co.uk) and painted by Ronald Swanwick and colleague Neil Chambers.

Submitted By:Avril York
Builth & District Matters Ltd
Address:Strand HallStrand StreetBuilth Wells LD2 3AA
Phone:01982 551080
Email:avrily@powys.gov.uk
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