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Welcome to

CAERNARFON'S YESTERDAYS

Caernarfon's Yesterdays is a website that is complementary to Carnarvon Traders, and will be featuring the work of respected local historian, Thomas Meirion Hughes.

Over the years Meirion has produced numerous works about the history of his hometown, Caernarfon. Much of this body of work has been published in various journals and local newspapers, and it is hoped that many of these pieces can be published online for the first time.

As well as the articles, Meirion has published five books

FFRWYDRIAD Y POWDWR OIL
The story of a huge nitro-glycerine explosion at Cwm y Glo in June 1869.

Followed a few months later by the English language version:

DEATH BLAST IN SNOWDONIA

The remaining three books were all bilingual, and were published under the series banner CAERNARFON DDOE/CAERNARFON'S YESTERDAYS, and it was decided to use this title for the website to preserve continuity.

Y COLERA A'R GRONFA DDWR NEWYDD/THE CHOLERA AND THE NEW WATER SUPPLY
The cholera epidemic in Caernarfon in 1866, and the resultant provision of a new fresh water supply for the town.

Y FFERIAU I FON/FERRIES TO ANGLESEY
A look at the history of the ferries which sailed between Caernarfon and Anglesey.

Y CAP A'R FANER DDU/THE BLACK CAP AND FLAG
History of executions in Beaumaris and Caernarfon Jails.

Meirion is still producing well-researched articles to this day, and we have the pleasure of getting off the ground with a brand new piece entitled "The Show of the Century," telling the story of Buffalo Bill's visit to the town in 1904.

A huge thank you must also go to Geraint Roberts for all his time spent helping with the research for some of the articles.