Hedd Wyn's farm 'saved'

Yr Ysgwrn
Yr "Ysgwrn" was the home of Hedd Wyn Photo: ITV News Wales

Hedd Wyn was a famous poet who won several Eisteddfod chairs for his work. He won his final Chair at the Eisteddfod in Birkenhead in 1917 for his poem "Yr Arwr" (The Hero), but was killed at the Battle of Passchendaele six weeks before he was posthumously awarded the Chair. Famously, the Chair was draped in black cloth and became known as Y Gadair Ddu or The Black Chair. The event has come to symbolise a generation of Welsh youth who lost their lives in the First World War.

The property includes the farmhouse, outbuildings, a bungalow and farm land as well as six Eisteddfod chairs, including the Cadair Ddu (black chair). The grade two listed building near Trawsfynydd has existed since 1519. The purchase of 'Yr "Ysgwrn"' has been made possible thanks to funding from the Welsh Government and the National Heritage Memorial Fund.

Hedd Wyn
Hedd Wyn won several Eisteddfod chairs for his poetry Credit: ITV News Wales

Hedd Wyn's nephew, Gerald Williams, has owned the farmhouse for the past 58 years, but concerns about the condition of "Yr "Ysgwrn"' were raised some time ago. Despite the property being re-roofed, its long term future, until now, has been uncertain. It was due to be placed onto the open market if the money to buy it could not be raised, but it's purchase means that its contents will be safeguarded.

The National Park Authority say that the property will now be developed as a heritage centre and remain protected as a record of Welsh social and agricultural culture. Plans for a museum about the life of Hedd Wyn and other poets and writers of the period are also planned. The property will be remain open to the public by appointment for the next four years, but plans beyond that are still to be finalised.

As we celebrate St David's Day, I am delighted to be able to announce that this important building and its unique collections will now be safeguarded for the entire nation. Hedd Wyn, his work and his tragic death give him a special place in both the history and culture of our nation. It is all the more poignant as we approach the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War and we remember the sacrifices made by so many.

– Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister