Bryn Cader Faner

The Welsh Crown of Thorns

Bryn Cader Faner has been described as one of the wonder of prehistoric Wales. The cairn circle is one of the most visually stunning stones circles. Some argue that this Bronze Age monument is the most beautiful in Britain. Bryn Cader Faner lies in the Ardudwy area in Gwynedd, Wales. 15-20 thin jiggered pillars lie in an 8.7m diameter circle which casts and impressive silhouette which you can see if you approach from the south. The slate pillars rise out of the ground like a thorn crown, hence the name. Even though there has been no official excavation it is thought that the cairn circle was used as burial ground.

In the 19th century the site was damaged by treasure hunters who left a whole in the centre of the cairn circle which is thought to be where the cist or grave was. As if that wasn’t bad enough during the Second World War the army used it as target practice, it is said they removed some of the pillars from the east side. But regardless of all this looting and target practice this Bronze Age monument, endearingly called the most beautiful Bronze Age monument in Britain is still relatively intact and has aged very well, with nothing but a few wrinkles.




Bryn Cader Faner by  Arthur C Harris licensed under CC by 2.0
Bryn Cader Faner by Arthur C Harris licensed under CC by 2.0
Bryn Cader Faner by Talsarnau Times licensed under CC by 2.0

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