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CARNARVON

"CARNARVON, (or Caernarvon), a market town, port, municipal and parliamentary borough, in the parish of Llanbeblig, hundred of Is-Gorfai, in the county of Carnarvon, of which it is the chief town. It is 235 miles to the N.W. of London by road, or 240 miles by railway. It is a post town, and is now connected with the Chester and Holyhead, and with the London and North-Western railways, by a branch line of about 9 miles from Bangor. Carnarvon is pleasantly situated on the E. side of the Menai Strait, where the river Seiont falls into it. Close by is the site of the Roman station Segontium, the most important in North Wales, and which was also named Caer Custeint, or "fort of Constantine," and Caer-yn-Arvon, from its situation opposite to Mona, the Isle of Anglesey. Watling Street connected Segontium with Deva (Chester)." [From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]

Archives and Libraries

Caernarfon Library Collection 1822-1988 - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales
"Caernarfon Town Library was opened in 1884 by the Borough of Caernarfon ........"

Bibliography

See separate page

Business and Commerce Records

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

Church History

Rees, Thomas & John Thomas. Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru (History of the Welsh Independent Churches), 4 volumes (published 1871+). Here is the entry from this book for Caernarfon   chapel (in Welsh )  - with translation by Eleri Rowlands (March 2010)              Also Salem chapel - with translation by Eleri Rowlands (June 2010)

Church and chapel data from The Religious census of 1851 : A Calendar of the returns relating to Wales, Vol 11, North Wales. Ed. by Ieuan Gwynedd Jones, UWP, 1981. The names given towards the end of each entry are those of the informants.

Church Records

Joyce Hinde has supplied a list of Parish Registers held at the Caernarfon Area Record Office.

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

Description and Travel

A Castle Wales site -  Caernarfon Castle

Welcome to Caernarfon

Caernarfon online

People's Collection Wales site - Caernarfon Castle

Caernarfon - on Wikipedia

Aerial photographs of Caernarfon - on the webb aviation site

Gazetteers

Genealogy

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

History

Carnarvon Traders -  this most useful site by Keith Morris contains complete transcriptions of the Caernarfon sections of over 20 Trade Directories dating from 1791 to 1948; full transcriptions of the 1794 Caernarfon Town Census and the 1841 Borough Election Canvass Book; and other miscellaneous items including a biographies section.

Jones, G. O., papurau (papers) 1842-1982  - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales
"G. O. Jones of Ael-y-Garth, Caernarfon  was the headmaster of Caernarfon Free School and of Maesincla Junior School, Caernarfon. He also researched the history of Caernarfon and churches in the parish of Llanbeblig, most notably St Mary's Church and Christ Church. He wrote pamphlets on their histories..........."

Maps

View maps covering the area of this parish and places within its boundaries

Gwynedd Family History Society  have a diagram of the ecclesiastical parishes of Caernarfonshire (under Publications)  - with some links to photographs of parish churches

Merchant Marine

Caernarfon Harbour Trust

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

Occupations

A List of Trades - on the Carnarvon Traders site. A database of tradespeople extracted from directories published from 1791 through to 1965

Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

Carnarvon Workhouse - on Peter Higginbotham's site

Caernarvon Union records - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales
"Include ; Records of the Caernarvon Union, 1842-1946, comprising records of the Clerk to the Guardians, 1881-1931; Workhouse Master's records, 1842-1946; Relieving Officer's records, 1887-1940; records relating to births, marriages and deaths, 1871-1941 etc etc...."

Probate Records

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

Public Records

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

Social Life and Customs

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

 


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