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Great Ormes Head, Carnarvonshire

Historical Description

Ormes Head, Great, a bold promontory on the N coast of Carnarvonshire, 3¼ miles N of Conway. It projects into the entrance of the Menai Strait or Beaumaris Bay on the W, overhangs the town of Llandndno on the E, rises precipitously from the sea round three-fourths or more of its circuit; consists of enormous masses of limestone rock; attains an altitude of 750 feet or upwards; forms a conspicuous feature in the entire range of the N coast of Wales, and commands magnificent views over both sea and land. There is a magnificent carriage drive, 5¼ miles in length, cut in the rock round the headland. A semaphore telegraph station, one of the links in the old chain of communication between Holyhead and Liverpool, was on the summit, and a lighthouse, with a fixed light visible for 24 miles, was erected in 1862. The ancient British fort of Pen-y-Dinas, of which scanty traces remain, is on its E side; a rocking-stone, called Cryd Tudno, also is there, but has ceased to rock, and copper mines exist, with traces of Roman workings. The ship Homby was wrecked on Great Ormes Head in 1824, when all persons on board, except one, perished.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

Land and Property

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