Carnarvon Castle (LOC)

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Carnarvon Castle

[between ca. 1910 and ca. 1915]

1 negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.

Title from data provided by the Bain News Service on the negative.
Photo shows Caernarfon Castle, built by Edward I, in Caernarfon, Wales. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2008)
Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress).

Format: Glass negatives.

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,

General information about the Bain Collection is available at

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Call Number: LC-B2- 2191-15

mmeiser2, wdecora, tb303, Sjors., and 22 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. br@mbly 88 months ago | reply

    Edward I castle at Caernarfon. The king promised the Welsh a ruler who spoke not a word of English and appeared on the balcony of this castle with his baby son, who spoke not a word of anything. Thus did Edward of Caernarfon become the first English Prince of Wales.
    BTW, no one spells it Carnarvon any more, not even us English ;-)

  2. andrewafoley2005 86 months ago | reply

    I don't understand why somebody has tagged this photo with "Scotland".

  3. br@mbly 86 months ago | reply

    The same person who can't spell crenellation, I suppose;-)

  4. The Library of Congress 83 months ago | reply

    Sorry for delay in responding. We'll add "Caernarfon, Wales" to the title and a note to clarify the location.

    We've been leaving most tags "as is" in case the word(s) are there because of a resemblance or reminder to a similar scene. Haven't quite figured out how to flag such tags to avoid confusion when a search for "Scotland" includes a photo of Wales. Hopefully the new title will help. ("Crenelation" turned out to be an alternate spelling for "crenellation.")

  5. br@mbly 83 months ago | reply

    Gosh! Did it? That's interesting:-)

  6. panthdaman 79 months ago | reply

    Could i use this photo for my company's homepage? if i understand it right its out of copyright.

  7. The Library of Congress 79 months ago | reply

    Yes. There are no known restrictions on the photographs in the George Grantham Bain Collection.

  8. art_traveller 76 months ago | reply

    Great photo! Here's an image of Caernarfon Castle as it is today for comparison!

  9. floato 61 months ago | reply

    Wow, thanks for sharing this.

  10. Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ) 54 months ago | reply

    Caernarfon Castle (Welsh: Castell Caernarfon) is a medieval building in Gwynedd, north-west Wales. There was a motte-and-bailey castle in the town of Caernarfon from the late 11th century until 1283 when King Edward I of England began replacing it with the current stone structure. The Edwardian town and castle acted as the administrative centre of north Wales and as a result the defences were built on a grand scale. There was a deliberate link with Caernarfon's Roman past – nearby is the Roman fort of Segontium – and the castle's walls are reminiscent of the Walls of Constantinople.

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