In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Caernarfon like this:
Carnarvon, or Caernarvon, co. town of Carnarvonshire, parl. and mun. bor., and seaport, at mouth of r. Seiont, 6½ miles SW. of Bangor and 241 miles NW. of London by rail, 1897 ac., pop. 10,258; 3 Banks, 5 newspapers. Market-day, Saturday. The town is pleasantly situated on the SE. ...
shore of the Menai Strait, and is much frequented in the bathing season. The grand old castle, built by Edward I., is still almost entire. Some portions of the old walls of the town also remain. Slates and copper ore are exported. (For shipping statistics, see Appendix.) C. unites with Bangor, Conway, Criccieth, Nevin, and Pwllheli in returning 1 member to Parl.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Caernarfon, in Gwynedd and Caernarvonshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
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