Conway Castle 107
Photographer: Sedgfield, W. Russell
Medium: Photographic print
“The ancient walled town of Conway, with its picturesque castle, stands as the portal to the mountain scenery of North Wales. Its situation is beautiful, on high ground, commanding the estuary of the Conway, whence its Welsh name of Aber-Conway; and its form triangular, or rather that of a Welsh harp. It was strongly fortified with walls and battlemented towers, according to the style introduced by the Crusaders; and indeed Conway, with its walls, as seen at the present day from some of its neighbouring heights, is said greatly to resemble Jerusalem. The castle, one of the most picturesque ruins in England, was erected by Edward I. to keep the insubordinate Welsh in subjection, and was completed under his own inspection in 1284. It was at the abbey of Conway that the head of the unfortunate but brave Prince Llewellyn was presented to the English conqueror. It is seldom that the name of the architect of any of our fine old buildings remains connected with them to posterity; however, in the case of Conway, we find it to be Henry de Elreton, the builder likewise of the castle of Carnarvon.”
Excerpt from “Conway and its Castle”, in ‘Ruined Abbeys and Castles of Great Britain’ by William and Mary Howitt.