Pen y Bryn y Castell

Has been described as a Questionable Uncertain

There are no visible remains

NamePen y Bryn y Castell
Alternative Names
Historic CountryMerioneth
Modern AuthorityDenbighshire
1974 AuthorityClwyd

Site of an encampment of Owain Gwynedd and his army who encamped there before meeting Henry II in a battle in the nearby Brewyns in circa 1165.

Some earthworks and tent lines visible in early 19th century, but area now afforrested and nothing visible (1977).

The report of the earthworks associated with a ?13th century Welsh encampment are unsubstantiated (CPAT Historic Settlements Project). (CPAT HER)

Corwen is celebrated (observes Mr. Pennant) for being the great rendezvous of the Welsh forces under Owain Gwynedd, Prince of North Wales, who from hence successfully opposed the invasion of Henry II. in the year 1165. The place of encampment is pointed out at some distance above the church southward, and there are still visible the remains of a rampart of earth, and marks of the sites of numerous tents from thence to the village of Cynwyd. (Cathrall 1828)

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  • Cathrall, W., 1828, History of North Wales (Manchester) Vol. 2 p. 282 online copy