Owain Glyndwr Hotel

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Owain Glyndwr Hotel
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Owain Glyndwr Hotel is located in Denbighshire
Owain Glyndwr Hotel
Location in Denbighshire
General information
Location The Square, Corwen, Denbighshire, Wales
Coordinates 52°58′50″N 3°22′23″W / 52.98056°N 3.37306°W / 52.98056; -3.37306
Other information
Number of rooms 13

The Owain Glyndwr Hotel is a Grade II-listed inn in Corwen, Denbighshire, Wales named after the Welsh hero Owain Glyndŵr. It is. The hotel was built in the mid-eighteenth century, but incorporates elements of an earlier structure on the site. It is reportedly the location where the first public Welsh Eisteddfod was held in the late eighteenth century.


The original building dated to at least 1329 and was originally a monastery in the grounds of the nearby church.[1] It was rebuilt or replaced circa 1740, but retained elements of the earlier building, and the current structure largely dates from this time. It was supposedly the site of the first public Welsh Eisteddfod in 1789. The hotel building was enlarged with an extra wing and re-roofed about 1890.[2]

The inn is said to be haunted by the ghost of a young woman who had an affair with a local clergyman which outraged the locals.[3]


The Owain Glyndŵr Hotel c. 1875, photographed by John Thomas

The exterior walls of the two-storey main building are painted, coursed and square stone. The hipped slate roof has three gabled dormers and red-tiled decorative cresting with finials. The later wing has a similar roof, albeit with two paired sets of dormers on either side of the front wall stack, although the walls are roughcast rendered with smooth rendered dressings enriched with some terracotta. Two doors with radial fanlights lead inside from the central Corinithian portico porch. An eighteenth-century staircase and several six-panelled interior doors have survived. Substantial ceiling timbers remain at the rear of the main building as do other features that related to the earlier building.[2]


  1. ^ Terry Breverton (2009), Wales: A Historical Companion, Amberley Publishing, p. 160, ISBN 978-1-4456-0990-4 
  2. ^ a b "Owain Glyndwr Hotel, High Street (S Side), Corwen". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 1 May 2016. 
  3. ^ "Owain Glyndwr Hotel, Corwen". North Wales Daily Post. 9 October 2007. Retrieved 1 May 2016. 

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