Wanderings and Excursions in North Wales - Wanderings and Excursions in South Wales

Wanderings and Excursions in North Wales - Wanderings and Excursions in South Wales

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1853 edition. Excerpt: ...in imagination upon the period when the traveller had to brace up his courage to enter upon its almost desperate track; and while looking upon the sluggish craft lying at ease close to the shelving shore, waiting their concrete cargo, to call to mind how often the storm-tossed vessel was driven upon this iron-bound coast, to meet with almost certain destruction. Penmaen Mawr contained on its summit a stronghold, called Braich y Dinas, the Arm of the City, built by the ancient Britons, of extraordinary strength, and of such extent that twenty thousand men might have sheltered within its walls. Some remains of this fortress are still to be seen, and the well which supplied the British and Welsh garrisons with water remains in the innermost inclosure, as full as ever. During the sanguinary war, in which the Principality was reduced to a tributary tenure upon England, the inhabitants of the surrounding country, with their cattle and property, found refuge in its inclosure. Here, also, the retreating army of Llewelyn lay intrenched till the treaty was signed between that prince and Edward; and so well did the troops take advantage of the resources which the mountain afforded, that their assailants were used to say, " the Welshmen rained rocks upon them." It was the gathering twilight hour when I first entered the gates of CONWAY, and the features of the surrounding country had nearly become invisible. I CONWAY. l 75 hastened along its principal street; and, attracted by the clean and comfortable appearance of the place, which seemed to predicate good cheer and a smiling Welcome, I threw down my scrip in the commodious parlour of the " Castle Hotel," and soon found that I had no reason to regret my selection. Were I to visit...show more

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  • Paperback | 100 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 195g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236545478
  • 9781236545473