Conwy, Conwy, Wales Genealogy

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Parishes of Historic Caernarfonshire

Conwy (formerly known in English as Conway) is a town, community and ecclesiastical parish in the County Borough of Conwy, Wales. The town stands on the estuary of the Afon Conwy.

Before 1974 the town was in the historic county of Caernarfonshire and, between 1974 and 1996 in the County of Gwynedd. In 1996 it became part of the modern county of County Borough of Conwy.


In 1887: "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." [John Bartholomew, Gazetteer of the British Isles (1887)]

For more information on the town of Conwy see Genuki - Conwy


Years County
before 31 March 1974 Caernarfonshire
1 April 1974 - 31 March 1996 Gwynedd
from 1 April 1996 Conwy


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