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    Posted: 19 September 2023 at 12:23
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The town of Caernarfon is situated on the eastern shore of the Menai Strait, opposite the island of Anglesey. The city of Bangor is 8.6 miles (13.8 km) to the north-east. Its population is around 10,000.

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Abundant natural resources in and around the Menai Strait enabled human habitation in prehistoric Britain. The Ordovices, a Celtic tribe, lived in the region during the period known as Roman Britain. The Roman fort Segontium was established around AD 80 to subjugate the Ordovices during the Roman conquest of Britain. The Romans occupied the region until the end of Roman rule in Britain in 382, after which Caernarfon became part of the Kingdom of Gwynedd. In the late 11th century, William the Conqueror ordered the construction of a motte-and-bailey castle at Caernarfon as part of the Norman invasion of Wales. He was unsuccessful, and Wales remained independent until around 1283.

In the 13th century, Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, ruler of Gwynedd, refused to pay homage to Edward I of England, prompting the English conquest of Gwynedd. This was followed by the construction of Caernarfon Castle, one of the largest and most imposing fortifications built by the English in Wales.

11. The castle, harbour and Menai Strait


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14. The old law courts, now housed in a modern building.


15. The statue of the town's member of parliament, David Lloyd George, was unveiled in 1921, when he was still Britainís Prime Minister.


16. The railway line south from Bangor was closed in 1964, this tunnel took it through the town centre.


17. The other end of the tunnel and the new Welsh Highland Railway station, the start of a scenic ride to Porthmadog.


18. One of the locomotives, built in Manchester for export to South Africa.
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 September 2023 at 19:25
Nice series Alan, 5 and (not surprisingly) 18 are my favourites.

In 18, is that an extra water tank above the front cylinders?
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I don't know, Pieter, I'm not very technical, couldn't find any info online either.
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Hi Alan,

A rather lovely series here and I think #11 is one of the best images from here I've seen in a long time - the proximity of the harbour to the castle makes a really nice combination.

I was also surprised at the number of 'refreshment establishments' on display - we were reasonably local this time last week but seems we missed out on something there!

Thanks for starting the post and best regards, Neil.
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