Corwen is known as the 'Crossroads of North Wales', since it stands on the busy A5 London to Holyhead road, the route of many travelers over the years. Telford's new road incorporated many of the turnpike routes through North Wales, in an effort to link London and Dublin. Yet, Corwen was also important for its links with the drover community, and the villages and hamlets around the town all have stories to tell of their passing. The town was also a stopping point for those traveling from Bala to Chester. However, it is undoubtedly its links to the great Owain Glyndwr for which it remains most famous, and his influence is to be felt throughout the area. A rather splendid life size statute of the great man, proud and defiant upon his warhorse dominates the town square.
Corwen means, 'the white church', and the town's origin springs from the religious community that centered around the Breton saints, Mael and Sulien, who settled in the area in the 6th Century.
The novelist John Cowper Powys lived in the town from 1935 to 1955, and wrote some of his most famous books while there, several of which were inspired by the Corwen locality, most notably 'Owen Glendower' and 'Porius'.
Corwen is a beautiful little town, nestled at the foot of the Berwyn Mountains to the south, with the Clwydian Range to the north. The River Dee twists swiftly through town on its way to Llangollen and the sea. The Llangollen Steam Railway has recently been reconnected with the town and is a wonderful way to visit the town and the sights around.