• The Gorsedd Stones of Acton Park.

    The stone circle in the centre of Acton Park were laid in 1977 in preparation for the National Eisteddfod of Wales. This was the first time since 1933 that the Eisteddfod had visited Wrexham. The main events, including the performance tents were held that year at Borras airfield, a mile or so away. The proclamation ceremony took place on 3 July 1976 at Acton Park.

    The Gorsedd Stones

    Gorsedd Stones (Welsh: Cerrig yr Orsedd) are groups of standing stones constructed for the National Eisteddfod of Wales. They form an integral part of the druidic Gorsedd ceremonies of the Eisteddfod. The stones can be found as commemorative structures throughout Wales and are the hallmark of the National Eisteddfod having visited a community.

    Each stone structure is arranged in a circular formation typically consisting of twelve stone pillars, sometimes from the local area and sometimes, the stones have been brought in to represent the Welsh counties. A large, flat-topped stone, known as the Logan Stone, lies at the centre of the circle and serves as a platform.

    The Logan Stone

    As well as commemorating the National Eisteddfod, the Gorsedd Stones continue to provide an important ceremonial venue for the proclamation of future National Eisteddfodau which according to tradition must be completed one year and one day prior to its official opening. The ceremony is conducted by the Archdruid of the Gorsedd of Bards who formally announces the particulars of the proposed venue.

    During the proceedings the Archdruid stands upon the Logan Stone, facing him, to the east cardinal point, is the Stone of the Covenant where the Herald Bard stands, and behind this are the Portal Stones that are guarded by Eisteddfod officials.

    The portal stone to the right of the entrance points to midsummer sunrise, while that to the left indicates the midwinter sunrise.

    The Gorsedd from the South

    Donald Evans did “the double” in 1977 by winning the chair and the crown at the National Eisteddfod in Wrexham. He went on to do this a further time at the Lliw Valley National Eisteddfod of 1980.

    If you would like further, more detailed information about the Gorsedd Stones and the history of the National Eisteddfod of Wales please click here: Cymraeg – yma.

    Photographs of the crowning of the bard and several other archive photographs of the 1977 Eisteddfod are available on ‘The People’s Collection Wales’ website – here.

    The Friends of Acton Park