Erect a monument to commemorate the Reformers’ Tree in Bangor, Gwynedd.
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The Reformers‘ Tree once stood in parkland between Bangor Cathedral and the site of Bangor University building, on the junction of Glanrafon Hill. It was a meeting place for protests and activism, and a starting point for campaign marches. It was named for early efforts to widen the right to vote for men, enacted in the Reform Act of 1832. It later became the focus for women’s suffrage in the early twentieth century.
Sadly, the Reformers’ Tree was felled as part of city development in the 1920s. The creation of Deiniol Road effectively split Bangor University from the Cathedral and High Street. The Reformers’ Tree was near the Memorial Arch, close to a building named ‘Tan Yr Allt’.
Of course, towns and cities must evolve to meet changing needs, but it is vital to remember the past, the history that was made. Not only the great buildings and famous characters, but also the achievements of ordinary men and women.
This petition urges the University, City Council, and County Council to commemorate the signifance of the Reformers’ Tree with a monument or plaque. The grounds of Pontio may be suitable, as the Arts Centre is a venue for discourse and ideas. Ideally, a new Reformers’ Tree will be planted as close as possible to the original site to recognise the achievements of the people of Bangor, and to inspire future generations.
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