In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Conway like this:
Conway.-- or Aberconway, parl. and mun. bor., par., market town, and seaport, with ry. sta., NE. Carnarvonshire, on the W. bank of the Conway, at its mouth, 4 miles S. of Llandudno, 12 NE. of Bangor, 45 W. of Chester, and 224 NW. of London -- bor., 3312 ac., pop. 3254; par., 1505 ac. land and 932 water, pop. 238l; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks. Market-day, Friday; is enclosed by a lofty wall, of triangular form and Saracenic style, 1 mile in circumference, fenced by 21 round towers, and entered by 3 principal gateways. ...
In the SE. corner are the remains of the magnificent castle, built in 1284 by Edward I., to secure his possession of North Wales. The other objects of interest are the suspension bridge, constructed by Telford in 1826, and the tubular bridge, constructed by Stephenson in 1848. There is some coasting trade, principally in slates, and a little shipbuilding; but the town owes its recent prosperity chiefly to its attractions as a summer resort. C. unites with Carnarvon, Bangor, Criccieth, Nevin, and Pwllheli in returning 1 member to Parliament.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Conway has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Conwy. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Conway and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Conway, in Conwy and Caernarvonshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 18th September 2014
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