An outstanding stainless steel memorial statue of Llywelyn ap Gruffydd Fychan stands near the old castle mount in the centre of the town.

Llywelyn ap Gruffydd Fychan of Caeo (c. 1341 – 1401) was a wealthy Carmarthenshire landowner who was executed in Llandovery by Henry IV of England in punishment for his support of Owain Glyndŵr's Welsh rebellion.

Until recently Llewelyn was little known even in his home area, but has become celebrated as a "Welsh Braveheart" after a campaign to construct a monument to him in Llandovery.

The 16ft sculpture stands on a 17 tonne stone brought from the hills and was designed by brothers Toby and Gideon Petersen of St Clears.

Llywelyn ap Gruffydd Fychan

 

The symbolism of the statue:

The Spear: the end of the spear has the look of a dragon'e tongue and is also Celtic in design.  It relates to the shape of the helmet

The Helmet: The helmet style is that of the fifteenth century - historically correct for 1401, the year that Llywelyn was slain

The Torc & Brooch: Celtic signs which indicate status and rank

The Shield: Reflects Llywelyn's loyalty to Owain Glyndwr.  It depicts the Four lions of Gwynedd

The Empty Cloak: this symbolises the way in which Llywelyn was killed: disembowelled and dismembered.  It has the shape of a man beneath the material.  Celtic cloaks were famous - heavily taxed and heavily praised - they were without sleeves or hoods.

The Sword & Scabbard: The sword and scabbard are in the early fifteenth century style and symbolise Llywelyn's fearless militancy in defence of his homeland

The Plinth: The sculpture stands on - or rather 'rises from' - a large piece of stone from the Llandovery area

Llywelyn's bravery is reflected in the defiant pose and stance of the sculpture.  Forged from stainless steel, the sculpture is 3m tall.  The polished finish requires no maintenance and will withstand the viscitudes of weather and time - an enduring symbol of individual heroism and an unconquerable nation