Owain Glyndwr was born in the mid fourteenth century. A lawyer of the Inns of Court in London, a knight and favourite of Richard II, he is more closely associated with Corwen than with any other part of Wales. Descended from Llewelyn ap Grufydd, the last Welsh Prince of Wales, Owain's family seat was in the Vale of Edeyrnion at Glyndyfrdwy on the banks of the River Dee near Corwen.
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The River Dee rises in the watersheds above Llyn Tegid. (Bala Lake). Two tributaries, the Twrch and Lliw, run into the Little Dee, which flows into Llyn Tegid, the largest natural lake in Wales. From Llyn Tegid, the Dee widens and flows through the spectacular scenery of the Vale of Edyrnion, and the Vale of Llangollen, before making its' way to the estuary, via Chester.
Llangollen railway is a mainly Steam hauled Heritage Railway Line starting at Llangollen Station located beside the Dee River Bridge in Llangollen Town, and continuing for 7½ miles upstream, following the River Dee to the village of Carrog.
The Railway remains close to the waters of the river for most of its length, On the north bank at Llangollen Station, the river is crossed on to the south bank via the Dee Bridge, approximately one mile upstream from Llangollen.
Corwen`s church is dedicated to St Mael and St Sulien who established a religious community in the area in the 6th Century. The present church dates from the 13th Century and has a Norman font, a dug-out chest and a 14th Century memorial.