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Betgellert Bridge, Carnavonshire

Betgellert Bridge, Carnavonshire

Artist: Smirke, Mary

Medium: Aquatint with etching, coloured

Date: 1800

Shelfmark: Ktop XLVI

Item number: 10f

Genre: Topographical Print

View of Betgellert Bridge, now known as Beddgelert Bridge in Caernarfonshire, Wales. The bridge is situated over the River Colwyn and was built in the late 18th Century. The village of Beddgelert is situated at the confluence of the Rivers Colwyn and Glaslyn. The village is actually named after the 6th century Saint Celert who lived in the area however in the 19th century a myth was created by the owner of a local hotel to attract tourists to the area. The myth is very well known and suggests that Beddgelert translates as ‘grave of Gelert’. Prince Llewlyn left his baby son with his dog Gelert, whilst he went hunting. He returned to find his son missing and Gelert with blood on his muzzle. Llewlyn assumed Gelert had killed his son and attacked him however he was mistaken and found his son safe with the body of a dead wolf nearby. Llewlyn realised his mistake and never smiled again.

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