A 98-YEAR-OLD woman who lived in the home of a prominent author has supported calls for his statue to be relocated.
Ilyd Jones of The Park, Mold, said she would be “very happy” to see the statue of Daniel Owen moved to a more central location in the square that shares his name in Mold town centre.
“I think it would be good because he needs more prominence in the town. I’d be very happy about that,” she said.
The relocation of the statue is one of a number of proposed improvements to the square.
Mrs Jones and her family lived in the author’ s home on Denbigh Road, Mold, between 1950 and 1975 before moving to her current location.
The pensioner also has a collection of photographs and items documenting the life of the author that have been stored away for almost 40 years.
The collection includes maps, pictures, biographies and newspaper cuttings documenting the history of the author and his home.
Mrs Jones said: “I’m especially proud of these artefacts, knowing what work went in to them.
“I hope people will remember Daniel now they’ve seen these artefacts (in the Leader). It’s such a shame he’s not discussed more.
“I also hope these can remind people of how important Daniel Owen was to Mold.”
Daniel Owen is regarded as the foremost Welsh language novelist of the 19th century.
Owen was born in Mold and is credited with starting the tradition of the Welsh language novel with his 1885 work, Rhys Lewis.
A festival celebrating literature, arts and the life of the author is also held in Mold annually and Owen is also commemorated with a school and a precinct named after him.
Mrs Owen has some fond memories of her time at her former home.
“We used to get people visiting who took an interest in his writing.
“It was mostly Americans and Canadians who’d come to visit.
“We used to get Italians too. I learned quite a bit from so many coming round, they were so funny.”