The royal town of Caernarfon is situated on the Welsh mainland at the south west end of the Menai Strait.
( I spent a day and a few evenings here having a look and eating dinner twice)
It seems that the origin of town is based on it's natural resources in the Menai Strait area with subsequent military history and proximity to the Island of Anglesey. The Romans felt that they had conquered the celtic tribes of Wales at this point and similarly William the Conquerer felt the same way when he arrived 1000 years later. Both built military enclosures of varying and progressive standards as a statement of this achievement.
Later in the 13th century, a local ruler decided that he was going to rebel against English authority and Edward I decided to retaliate by conquering the north west corner of Wales and building the castle that is seen here today.
This was where Edward I ruled in North Wales and established his English style county name of Caernarfonshire in 1284, a name that lasted until 1974 when it reverted to the original name of Gwynedd.
The Castle became a bit neglected during the Middle ages when the Welsh were left to their own devices due to disagreements and battles to the more important matter of the English throne.
In more recent times of the 20th century, the historical town was defeated badly in a ballot to make it the capital of Wales.
Prince Charles had his investiture ceremony here on this plinth as the Prince of Wales in 1969
|Throwing light on the subject !|
|The public house and the Island from the Castle|
The town walls were built around the time of the Castle's construction at huge cost and seem to be in good order today
On one of my visits, I got mixed up in a photography group who were learning about light and processing taking photos of the sunset and floodlit buildings. I was past caring where my Bed and Breakfast host thought I was at 10:30 at night with 30 minutes drive back on top of that.
|"No, I'd rather not look, I've seen it all before !!"|
|The Anglesey balcony and Island|
|A night in Harbour|