History of Llanrwst
The War of the Roses - The Earl of Pembroke 1468
The town of Llanrwst suffered greatly on two occasions. The first was during the wars of Owain Glyndwr. The second time was during the Wars of the Roses in the reign of Edward IV in 1461.
At around this time Llanrwst and the Abbey at Aberconway declare themselves for the Lancastrian cause. Dafydd ap Siencyn, the fabled Robin Hood character of Welsh storytelling, became an active Lancastrian captain. Dressed along with his followers in green, as an early form of camouflage led to his Robin Hood association. A native of the Conwy Valley and kinsmen of the Wynn family, Siencyn used a rocky outcrop in the Gwydir forest as his base, the cave where he lived known locally as Carreg Y Gwalch.
Dafydd ap Siencyn led a band of men to Denbigh, the main Yorkist stronghold in North Wales, and burned the entire garrison. The king was said to be furious and gave the order to William Herbert, Earl of Pembroke to "lay waste to the whole Conwy Valley".
It was at this time that the old Llanrwst Church was burnt down. This was in 1468. The ruined church was rebuilt two years later.
The following appears in the 'History of the Gwydir Family' -
'In Harlech and Denbigh, every house
Was basely set on fire;
But poor Nant Conwy suffered more,
For there the flames burnt higher
'Twas in the year of our Lord
Fourteen hundred, sixty eight
That these unhappy towns of Wales
Met with such wretched fate.'
List of Items - History of Llanrwst
- Historical Timeline : A timeline of some interesting historical events in Llanrwst.
- Saint Grwst the Confessor : The story of Saint Grwst.
- The Battle of Llanrwst 954 AD : Events leading to the Battle of Llanrwst.
- Foundation of the Modern Church : The establishment of the modern church in Llanrwst.
- Cymru, Lloegr a Llanrwst - Independence : The history of Llanrwst in the 13th Century.
- Establishing a Market Town : The establishment of Llanrwst as a market town in the 14th Century.
- Disease, Death and Destruction - the 14th and 15th Century : Llanrwst in the 14th and 15th Century.
- The War of the Roses - The Earl of Pembroke 1468 : The War of the Roses and Llanrwst.
- Local Historic Buildings : Information on the history of some of the buildings in Llanrwst.
- Books on History of Llanrwst : Some books on the history of Llanrwst that may be of interest.
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