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MOEL-Y-DON: SITE OF BATTLE, MENAI STRAITS, NEAR LLANEDWEN

Site Details



NPRN 404319

Map Reference SH56NW

Grid Reference SH518678

Unitary (Local) Authority Isle of Anglesey

Old County Anglesey

Community Llanddaniel Fab

Type of Site BATTLE SITE

Broad Class DEFENCE

Period Medieval

Site Description "And it was on the Menai Straits, probably near Bangor, that the disaster befell the English in 1282, as they were crossing a newly-made bridge of boats, which almost turned the scale in Llywelyn ap Gruffydd's favour."
Source: Cambridge County Histories: Carnarvonshire, 1911; p. 93.
"On November 6th [1282] . . .attempting to cross the bridge of boats which had been thrown across the Menai Straits near Bangor, some sixteen knights, with their followers, were set upon by the Welsh and overwhelmed."
Footnote refers to 'the place called Moel y donn' (near Portdinorwic).
Source: J.E.Lloyd, A History of Wales, vol II, 1912, p.762.
Various other sources, as yet unverified, suggest that the battle took place at Moel-y-don on Anglesey, opposite Y Felinheli.
B.A.Malaws, RCAHMW, 08 May 2006.