The Parliament HouseThe chronicler Adam of Usk records that Owain Glyndŵr held an assembly in Machynlleth, where a building on Heol Maengwyn has been identified as its probable location. In 1798 Bingley was shown ‘An ancient building, constructed of the thin shaly stone of this country, and now converted into stables … pointed out to me as that in which Owen Glyndŵr summoned the chieftains of Wales in the year 1402.’
Since then, dendrochronology has confirmed that the present structure is two generations later than Glyndŵr’s parliament – 1460, though this does not preclude there having been an earlier building on the site. In Glyndŵr’s day, Machynlleth was already a market town of some importance, though not apparently a borough, a Welsh foundation of the late 13th century. Heol Maengwyn is known to have existed in 1597 but is likely to be much older.
The building now known as the Parliament House was purchased in 1906 by David Davies of Llandinam, Liberal MP for Montgomeryshire. The Owain Glyndŵr murals, depicting the battle of Hyddgen on the slopes of Hyddgen, were painted during the early 1910’s by a Scottish artist, Murray Urquhart, who depicted “Glyndŵr leading on a crowd of his soldiers.
Machynlleth has excellent train and bus connections and is within easy travelling distance of other Glyndŵr related sites such as Pennal and Aberystwyth.
“This building is the only dedicated indoor facility which could interpret exciting, thought provoking nationally important story of Owain Glyndŵr’s uprising and act as a hub to other Glyndŵr locations and attractions.”