Mold time capsule's secrets about to be revealed


Robert Doman

THE contents of a mysterious time capsule are set to be unearthed when an iconic statue is repositioned.

A statue of Welsh-language poet and novelist Daniel Owen takes pride of place in the Mold square sharing the famous 19th century wordsmith’s name.

But its hidden contents are soon to be revealed when it is moved as part of a 16-week £500,000 revamp of the Daniel Owen Square, which started on Monday.

The statue was last moved in 1974 when it was repositioned from its previous plinth at the Hall Fields, following the development of the police and bus stations there.

And now anticipation is building to see if the capsule has stood the test of time.

Schoolchildren are also being encouraged to produce items for an updated capsule to be sealed inside the statue when it is given a new home within the square.

Cllr Chris Bithell said: “I don't think anyone envisaged the statue would be moved again quite so soon, but we are hoping to add to the contents of the capsule when the work takes place.

“We are thinking that schoolchildren could put some things in it that could re-establish links between their generation and Daniel Owen himself."

The contents to be placed inside the new capsule will go on display in Mold Library during the Gwyn Daniel Owen Festival between October 18 and October 24.

Cllr Andrea Mearns said: “It will be intriguing to see what is in the existing time capsule. It is a genuine mystery as nobody we have asked seems to know what it contains.”

The Grade II listed statue is one of the most widely recognised features in Mold. The full figure bronze statue depicts the town’s novelist in an informal stance wearing a frock coat and holding a book.

It was created by Sir William Goscombe John and cost £400, which was paid for by public subscription.

The statue was unveiled on October 31, 1901, just six years after the author's death in 1895.

It has a moulded limestone and sandstone pedestal set upon a modern, stepped, brick plinth.

As part of the redevelopment work the brick plinth will be replaced by new stone plinth, 50cm higher. New metalwork screens behind the statue will be produced by artist Mike Johnson, and will incorporate words selected from Daniel Owen’s novels.

Relocating the Daniel Owen statue forms just part of plans to refurbish the square and establish it as a hub for outdoor artistic performances as well as providing enhanced facilities for market traders. The work runs from this week until November.

Anyone able to shed any light as to what the 1974 capsule may contain is asked to call Mold Town Council on 01352 758532.

l The Leader would also like to hear about memories from the burying of the time capsule in 1974. Anyone with memories about what was included, or why, should call the newsdesk on 01352 707723 or email

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