21 Feb 2009 - Conwy, Wales

The last visit to Conway was at the end of a tiring mid December day that started at Caernarfon, some distance away. This visit started with a trip to Beaumaris but with the days becoming longer still gave enough time to capture the remaining sights of Conway. This trip also included a walk around the walls which at their highest point give an excellent view encompassing the whole of the medieval town.
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Conwy - Along the wall to the upper gate

Conwy - Along the wall to the upper gate

This second opening forms the second main opening to the town. The lower gate along the estuary forms the final main gate although a smaller gate also exists along the estuary wall - the Postern Gate. One of the towers has split almost apart.
Conwy - Plas Mawr house

Conwy - Aberconwy House (National Trust)

The white washed Plas Mawr, built in 1585, is one of Britains finest surviving Elizabethan town houses.
Conwy - Town walls and Castle view

Conwy - Town walls and Castle view

The town and castle are built on a promontory. These are formed either from a hard ridge of rock that has resisted the erosive forces that have removed the softer rock to the sides of it, or are the high ground that remains between two river valleys where they form a confluence. This was to prevent undermining. The promontory at Conwy, which is about 15 metres high, was originally surrounded by the river on two sides but land reclamation isolated one side from the river.
Conwy - Looking along the wall of the Upper Gate

Conwy - Looking along the wall of the Upper Gate

This shot shows the length of the wall leading to the estuary. The bridge that can be seen is modern but enters the town just before the castle. Therefore, the size of the town can be guessed at from the photo.
Conwy - The Smallest House in Great Britain

Conwy - The Smallest House in Great Britain

This can be found on the quay wall. It is in the Guinness Book of Records with dimensions of 3.05 metres x 1.8 metres. It was lived in since the 1500s (it was even inhabited by a family at one point) and lived in until 1900 when the owner a (6ft fisherman – Robert Jones) was forced to move out on the grounds of hygiene. The rooms were too small for him to stand up in fully. The house is still owned by his descendants today.
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BlogAndGo - 15 Oct 2013, 12:00:24 AM

Thanks HB, I'll change that.

HB - 28 Sep 2013, 05:26:45 PM

The picture labelled as Plas Mawr is actually Aberconwy House (National Trust). Plas Mawr is a much grander affair.

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