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Portmadoc, Carnarvonshire

Historical Description

Portmadoc, a flourishing seaport and market-town in Ynyscynhaiarn parish, Carnarvonshire, at the terminus of the Festiniog railway, 1 mile SE of Tremadoc. It has a station on the Cambrian and Festiniog railways, and a post. money order, and telegraph office. A large business is done in the exportation of slates from the Festiniog slate quarries. The exports from Portmadoc are now four times as much as that of all the other North Wales ports put together. The market is held on Friday. There arc three banks, a news and reading-room, two churches, and Baptist, Congregational, and Wes-leyan chapels. One of the churches is noted for its beautiful stained glass windows. The Traeth Mawr, a vast waste of sand at the mouth of the river Glaslyn, was reclaimed from the sea in 1800 by Mr Maddocs of Tanyrallt, who built an embankment a mile long across the mouth of the estuary, and founded Tremadoc. Portmadoc is a starting point for some of the finest scenery in North Wales.

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

Land and Property

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


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