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Abergavenny, 1834: Eiddil Ifor's medal

History of the Welsh Eisteddfodau
History of the Welsh Eisteddfodau

In the Museum at St Fagans there's a very good collection of medals and other prizes won in the eisteddfodau of Cymreigyddion Y Fenni. Here are just three of them. This is one from the year 1834, a medal won by a man who called himself Eiddil Ifor, an essayist who competed quite regularly in the eisteddfodau. The Abergavenny eisteddfodau, as you might expect, gave some prominence to essays on subjects associated with Welsh history, both local history such as that of Abergavenny and the area, and of course Welsh history in a broader sense. Eiddil Ifor competed regularly and there are probably a good half-dozen of the fine medals he won here in the Museum.

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