HISTORIANS have urged the potential new owners of a 12th century battlefield to protect it for future generations.
A ‘sold’ sign appeared on the 11-acre section of the Battle of Crogen site in the Ceiriog Valley off the B4500 earlier in the summer.
However, Oswestry-based estate agents JJ Dell last week confirmed the sale was not yet complete.
They added that the land had been advertised in the Spring without a guide price, but they could not reveal the successful bidders.
Sat between the River Ceiriog and the infamous ‘Great Oak of the Gate of the Dead’, the historic land was the scene of the battle in 1165 between England’s Henry II and the Welsh princes led by Owain Gwynedd, who were victorious.
Local historian Mark Williams, who runs tours of the battlefield, said: “We would be dead against anything like a development. Hopefully there won’t be anything, as it has always been used as pasture land.”
He continued: “Local farmers have told me that when they used to plough it bones would appear.”
Known as Maes Crogen, the Battlefield of Crogen, the site is believed to be the burial ground of thousands of Welsh soldiers who died during the battle.
Mark added: “There are earthworks in there that no-one can explain.
“They are circular and we believe this is where the Welsh were buried, but it is all oral history that has been handed down over the years. Archaeologists go there and scratch their heads,” he added.