Zeta's donation to princes' home trust
SWANSEA-BORN film star Catherine Zeta Jones has given a sizeable donation to a trust which is aiming to buy land that was supposedly the ancient home of Welsh princes.
The Oscar winner has reportedly shown great interest in the work of the Garth Celyn Trust, which wants to preserve the site for future generations.
The trust believes the 29-acre landholding that has come up for sale at Abergwyngregyn, near Bangor, will cost some £180,000.
It said Garth Celyn — supposedly the site of the "lost palace" of the Princes Llywelyn, of the 13th century — had also intrigued historian and former Monty Python star Terry Jones.
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Exactly where the princes' palace was is still a matter of conjecture.
Garth Celyn was seized by King Edward Longshanks in 1283, and remained a Crown of England property until 1553 when the manor was granted to the Thomas family. They converted the royal home into an Elizabethan manor house.
It was featured in the recent BBC series The Story of Wales, presented by Huw Edwards.
The site is said to contain 4,000 years of archeological remains.
Garth Celyn Trust wants to study the area, hold exhibitions there and erect a memorial.
Historian and Garth Celyn trustee Paul Martin Remfry said: "The home of the Welsh princes of Wales, has been ignored for far too long.
"The historical and archaeological evidence in its favour is overwhelming and we want to ensure its guaranteed preservation for the benefit of present and future generations.
"The trustees are delighted that Catherine Zeta Jones is taking a personal interest in the work of the trust.
"Her involvement will undoubtedly help to raise the profile of this Welsh project internationally, and turn it into something we can all celebrate and of which we can all be proud."