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Penrhyn, Carnarvonshire

Historical Description

Penrhyn, a place in Llandegai parish, Carnarvonshire, on the river Ogwen, in the E and the SE vicinity of Bangor. Penrhyn Castle is the seat of Lord Penrhyn; occupies the site of King Roderic Molwynog's palace, and of the subsequent palace of the Gruffydds of the time of Henry VI.; was erected by Hopper, for Lord Penrhyn; is of Mona marble, an the Norman castellated style, with towers and turrets; includes a tall square tower, five storeys high, copied from Rochester Castle; contains a drinking-horn of Piers Gruffydd, who was at the Armada with Drake; stands on an eminence embowered in trees; presents a very imposing aspect as seen at a distance; and lias very extensive offices and a park of about 6 miles in circuit. Penrhyn Slate Quarries, to the S of the park, and belonging to Lord Penrhyn, are the largest in Wales, and give employment to 2000 or 3000 men. A harbour, called Port Penrhyn, at the month of the river Cegin, close to Bangor, and about 6 miles from the quarries, was formed by Lord Penrhyn for exporting their produce, which is brought down from the quarries for shipment by a narrow gauge railway.

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


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Registration districtConway1894 - 1934

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Carnarvonshire is available to browse.

Newspapers and Periodicals

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