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House ‘where Hen Wlad fy Nhadau composer was born’ on the market for £900,000

19 Dec 2022 2 minute read
Is this the house where the composer of Hen Wlad fy Nhadau was born? Picture by Rightmove

A house laying claim to being the building where Hen Wlad fy Nhadau composer James James was born is on the market for £900,000.

The harpist and musician is thought to have been born in the building formerly known as the Ancient Druid Inn in Hollybush, near Blackwood in the south of Wales, on 4 November 1832.

The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography however raises doubts about this birthplace, saying that James James was born either at the Ancient Druid Inn or at the Old Inn in Pontaberbargoed, where his parents briefly lived.

NEXA South Wales who are selling the property said: “The history is something special – a rather nondescript building that is said to be of pre-Medieval origin. It ceased being licensed premises when the nearby railway line closed.

“It was the birthplace of James James who was the composer of the music of Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau, the Welsh national anthem.”

According to the man himself, James James composed the melody to Hen Wlad fy Nhadau in 1856 and his father Evan James wrote the words. James’ composition of the music was disputed later in the 19th century with some noting a similarity with the music ‘Tiptin ‘o Rosin the Beau’.

The house itself has seven bedrooms and three bathrooms and sits on nine acres of land.

The estate agents however said there was work to be done on the building, and that large parts of it needed to be “fully refurbished”.

“The walkway through has many beautiful areas, this truly is a magical place and one waiting to be brought back to life,” they said.


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hdavies15
hdavies15
1 month ago

Drakeford could buy that property and gift it to a native Welsh cultural event. But that’s impossible as he and his crew will only do business of any value with incoming carpetbaggers and party cronies.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
1 month ago
Reply to  hdavies15

Green Man field to Rave venue, logical next step…

Dr John Ball
Dr John Ball
1 month ago

Let’s see if CADW has any backbone and by the building.

Steve George
Steve George
1 month ago

Was previously unaware of the ‘controversy’ about the provenance of the tune of Hen Gwlad fy Nhadau. Strange to think that Llais y Saes was instrumental in ensuring that James James, was given full credit despite the contemporary doubts.

Interesting!

Harry Williamson
Harry Williamson
1 month ago

Buy it Welsh Government!

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