Carnarvon Castle (LOC)

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Where: Caernarfon Castle, Castle Ditch, Caernarfon LL55 2AY, UK

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When: 01 January 1910

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Bain News Service,, publisher.

Carnarvon Castle

[between ca. 1910 and ca. 1915]

1 negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.

Title from data provided by the Bain News Service on the negative.
Photo shows Caernarfon Castle, built by Edward I, in Caernarfon, Wales. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2008)
Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress).

Format: Glass negatives.

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,

General information about the Bain Collection is available at

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Call Number: LC-B2- 2191-15


Owner: The Library of Congress
Source: Flickr Commons
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    [email protected]

    • 19/Jan/2008 14:58:37

    Edward I castle at Caernarfon. The king promised the Welsh a ruler who spoke not a word of English and appeared on the balcony of this castle with his baby son, who spoke not a word of anything. Thus did Edward of Caernarfon become the first English Prince of Wales. BTW, no one spells it Carnarvon any more, not even us English ;-)

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    • 27/Mar/2008 12:27:38

    I don't understand why somebody has tagged this photo with "Scotland".

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    [email protected]

    • 27/Mar/2008 23:02:26

    The same person who can't spell crenellation, I suppose;-)

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    The Library of Congress

    • 23/Jun/2008 17:50:22

    Sorry for delay in responding. We'll add "Caernarfon, Wales" to the title and a note to clarify the location. We've been leaving most tags "as is" in case the word(s) are there because of a resemblance or reminder to a similar scene. Haven't quite figured out how to flag such tags to avoid confusion when a search for "Scotland" includes a photo of Wales. Hopefully the new title will help. ("Crenelation" turned out to be an alternate spelling for "crenellation.")

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    [email protected]

    • 23/Jun/2008 18:03:53

    Gosh! Did it? That's interesting:-)

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    • 08/Oct/2008 13:30:22

    Could i use this photo for my company's homepage? if i understand it right its out of copyright.

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    The Library of Congress

    • 10/Oct/2008 16:15:43

    Yes. There are no known restrictions on the photographs in the George Grantham Bain Collection.

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    • 14/Jan/2009 16:47:44

    Great photo! Here's an image of Caernarfon Castle as it is today for comparison! []

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    • 09/Apr/2010 19:30:19

    Wow, thanks for sharing this.

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    Richard Arthur Norton (1958- )

    • 03/Nov/2010 21:32:32

    Caernarfon Castle (Welsh: Castell Caernarfon) is a medieval building in Gwynedd, north-west Wales. There was a motte-and-bailey castle in the town of Caernarfon from the late 11th century until 1283 when King Edward I of England began replacing it with the current stone structure. The Edwardian town and castle acted as the administrative centre of north Wales and as a result the defences were built on a grand scale. There was a deliberate link with Caernarfon's Roman past – nearby is the Roman fort of Segontium – and the castle's walls are reminiscent of the Walls of Constantinople.

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    Picture Esk

    • 31/Jul/2015 14:22:44

    Hundreds of cannon were brought back to the UK following the capture of Sebastopol during the Crimean War. In the late 1850s, these cannon were presented to towns throughout the UK and abroad as a memorial of the war. Carnarvon Castle appears to have been a recipient of one of the cannon from the Crimea. Most of the cannon were sacrificed as scrap during World War II to make more modern armaments.

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