1022 Battle of Abergwili Bash



Bishop’s Park hosts Wales v Ireland – 1022 Battle of Abergwili anniversary bash!

Wales will be taking on Ireland in an exciting encounter to mark the 1000th anniversary of ‘The Battle of Abergwili’ at Parc yr Esgob – Bishop’s Park, Abergwili, on Saturday the 13th August. This re-enactment of the battle between the armies of Llewelyn ap Seisyll and Rhain the Irishman is being staged by Historia Normannis (Medieval re-enactment group) and hosted by the Tywi Gateway Trust with the support of Abergwili community.

In 1022, following the death of Maredudd ap Owain, his alleged son, Rhain the Irishman, tried to take the kingdom of Deheubarth (covering south-west Wales) for himself. But his half sister Angharad’s husband, Llywelyn ap Seisyll, Prince of Gwynedd had other ideas and intended ruling the kingdom himself. He brought his own army down to meet with Rhain’s and there was fierce fighting between them where the river Gwili joins the Tywi.

Only a few hundred metres from the actual battlefield, with Carmarthenshire Museum at its heart, Parc Yr Esgob – Bishop’s Park, is the perfect place to mark this momentus event in the history of Abergwili, Carmarthenshire and indeed, Wales. Supported by a major grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Carmarthenshire County Council and other funders, the first phase of the park’s restoration is nearly complete.

The ‘battle’ will take place on Y Waun Fawr meadow with a ‘Medieval court’ on the park’s lawn along with other living history for you to explore and find out more about life in Wales 1000 years ago. There will also be demonstrations of traditional crafts and opportunities to buy local produce. Primary schools from the surrounding area have been invited to take part in a competition to create a ‘Medieval’ banner that represents their school which will be displayed on the day on the walls of the park.

The Tywi Gateway Trust, including their dedicated historical research volunteers, are now busy collecting information, sponsors and local advertisers for a commemorative booklet that will be available to purchase on the day to support the on-going management and maintenance of Parc Yr Esgob – Bishop’s Park. If you would like to know more please see www.parcyresgob.org.uk, or contact FfionaJones@tywigateway.org.uk




Notes to editors About the Tywi Gateway Trust

The Tywi Gateway Trust is a very small charity, who are responsible for the restoration and  managment of the grounds of the Old Palace of the Bishops of St David’s, Abergwili (which now houses Carmarthenshire Museum). The Trust has received a grant of £1.3m from the National Lottery’s Heritage Fund, along with grants from other funders including Carmarthenshire County Council and Welsh Government for the first phase of the site’s restoration. The capital works of this phase are almost complete and we look forward to opening our indoor facilities soon. We are reliant on a team of hardworking volunteers to help the 4 staff members and the board of locally-based trustees to run and maintain the 6ha site.


To find out more about the work of the Trust visit:  https://parcyresgob.org.uk/

To give monthly to the Trust visit: https://localgiving.org/charity/the-tywi-gateway-trust/

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For further information, images and interviews please contact Ffiona Jones at the Tywi Gateway Trust FfionaJones@tywigateway.org.uk