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Beaumaris Church

Beaumaris Church

Artist: Buckler, John Chessell

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1810

Shelfmark: Additional MS 36396

Item number: f.126

Length: 25.5

Width: 35.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

The Church of St Mary and Nicholas was built in the 14th century shortly after Edward I (r. 1272-1307) built his castle here. Edward, who captured and imposed English rule on Wales, established Beaumaris as the administrative and military centre of his authority. He evicted all Welsh residents and proceeded to fortify the town with the castle and walls, the first of several Welsh garrison towns built by Edward. The chuch contains the tomb of Princess Joan, the illegitimate daughter of King John and the wife of Llywelyn the Great, the defender of Wales against English domination.

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