Historical society from Mostyn presents cabinet to battlefield church


Robert Doman

AN HISTORICAL society has visited a revered Welsh battlefield after donating a special display cabinet to the site.

The Warwick History Society was the only such group in Flintshire to be invited to a special service commemorating the June 22 anniversary of the 1402 Battle of Bryn Glas.

Also known as the Battle of Pilleth, Owain Glyndwr’s forces defeated an English army led by Sir Edmund Mortimer under King Henry IV on the site of Bryn Glas field.

Steve Griffiths, who is chairman of Warwick History Society which is made up of employees from Warwick International chemicals plant in Mostyn, said: “It was a nice honour to be invited to what is a nationally acclaimed service.

“The battle is Wales’ equivalent of Scotland’s victory at Bannockburn so it is a very important part of Welsh history.

“We enjoyed a great day visiting the battlefield and at the service itself.

“It was good to ensure that Flintshire was represented there,” he added.

The cabinet, which is now being displayed at St Mary’s Church adjacent to the battlefield near Llandrindod Wells in Powys, depicts a mock-up of the battle as well as a model of the church where the commemorative service took place.

During the battle St Mary’s Church was set ablaze and the Warwick History Society stood alongside parishioners and other historical groups at the service conducted by the Bishop of Swansea and Brecon.

A cluster of Wellingtonia trees now stand on the spot where the dead are buried, although farmers are still known to discover bones and artefacts belonging to the 800 men who are thought to have perished that day.

Glyndwr's force of roughly 1,500 soldiers took their victory when the Welsh prince divided his force to combat the 2,000 strong foe, using the slopes of the hill to position a large array of longbow archers.

Welsh troops concealed in the valley emerged to attack Mortimer's right flank and rear.

Contingents of Welsh archers in Mortimer’s army also defected and fired their arrows against their former comrades.

Mortimer himself was captured in the battle and eventually married Glyndwr’s daughter Caitrin after a cash-strapped King Henry failed to find the ransom to free him.

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