Statue of Sarah Jane Rees ‘Cranogwen’ to be erected in Llangrannog

A LIFE-SIZE statue of a local historical figure is to be erected in Llangrannog as part of the national Monumental Welsh Women campaign.

Planning permission has been granted this week for a life-size bronze statue of Cranogwen – one of five statutes celebrated Welsh women – to be erected at Llangrannog Welfare Memorial Garden.

Local and national historical figure Sarah Jane Rees – best known for her bardic name Cranogwen – was a prominent mariner, poet, journalist, preacher and campaigner who was the first woman to win The Chair at the National Eisteddfod.

Five statues of Welsh women are to be erected over the first five years, the first being Betty Campbell  – community activist and Wales’ first black headteacher – at Cardiff’s Central Square.

The application for full planning consent for a full redesign of the garden area and the erection of the statue standing 2.3metres tall including its plinth has been approved by Ceredigion County Council planning officers.

A new wider entrance will be created, improving pedestrian access and safety as it will not be abutting the road, and natural stone will be used through the site with poetry written by Cranogwen following alongside a curved, central path.

New planting, walling, seating and stone pillars at the garden entrance are also planned.

“The proposal is adjudged to constitute a betterment of the public garden through an appropriate and attractive design to commemorate a figure of local and national significance,” a planning report states, adding it is “considered to be an enhancement to the immediate and wider landscape.”

The Cranogwen Project Team includes representatives of Llangrannog Welfare Committee, Monumental Welsh Women, Hidden Heroines, Cranogwen Monument and Aberystwyth University.

 

 

Local and national historical figure Cranogwen will be celebrated with a bronze statue in Llangrannog. PICTURE: Planning reports

Llangrannog Welfare Memorial Garden will be redesigned as part of the statue project. PICTURE: Artist impression from planning report

 
 

Katy Jenkins - Local Democracy Reporter

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