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Largely unchanged since being built in the 1830’s, Yr Ysgwrn was the home of the poet, Ellis Humphrey Evans better known by his bardic name, Hedd Wyn.

This traditional Welsh hill farm, nestled in the beautiful surrounding of Meirionnydd in Snowdonia National Park, became renowned in 1917 when Hedd Wyn won the bardic chair of the Birkenhead National Eisteddfod, mere six weeks after being killed in the Great War.

He was well known throughout Wales for his poetry that often described his love of his community, the land and the people and from 1907, at 20, he won the 1 st of 5 local eisteddfod chairs. It was in 1910 that he was given his bardic name Hedd Wyn (blessed peace).

Since Hedd Wyn’s untimely death at Passaendale in 1917, the door of Yr Ysgwrn has been kept open by his family, for the thousands of pilgrims who visit annually. In 2012 this responsibility passed to Snowdonia National Park Authority, who are now working to keep the door open and conserving this important home, set in a landscape of timeless beauty, which symbolises the loss of a whole generation of Welshmen and women during the First World War, and epitomises a distinctive way of life at the turn of the C20.


The BBC recently visited his home at Yr Ysgwrn and you can see the film here