Conwy Castle

Conwy Castle. 3½ x 2½ inches. Photographic postcard, published by W. Shaw, Burslem, circa 1900. [Click on image to enlarge it.]

Built over a ten year period from 1283 to designs by the architect James of St. George, Edward I’s castle dominates Conwy and was a popular tourist resort in the Victorian period; visitors also visited the other castles, Caernarfon and Harlech, in the so-called "ring of iron" that was designed to contain the Welsh following the death of the rightful Prince of Wales, Llewelyn ap Gruffudd, in 1282. An important part of the rise of tourism in the nineteenth century, Conwy and its surrounding area were re-cast in stereotypical terms as a romantic destination, rather than the site of brutal colonial conquest. Conwy was well-serviced by the railway connection to the cities of north-west England and became a hybrid culture of Welsh and English residents – a character it retains to the present day. Robert Stephenson’s tubular bridge (1849), similar to his Britannia Bridge crossing the near-by Menai Straits, crosses the Conwy under the castle's walls.

Scanned image and text by Simon Cooke. [You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the person who scanned the image and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite the Victorian Web in a print one.]

Created 20 May 2017