Photographer's Note

The History of the site of Caernarvon Castle dates back to antiquity. The Romans built forts in this area and Hillforts, built by the Celts, and a Norman Motte and Bailey castle were also constructed within this location. The Norman Earl Hugh of Rhuddlen built a stone castle at the location in 1090. The Druid Wizard, Merlin, and several prophecies, were strongly associated with Caernarvon. Merlin was believed to have been born in a cave outside Caernarvon. For more information click Caernarvon Castle Welsh Mythology. The name Caernarvon is believed to be derived from 'Caer Myrddin' meaning Merlin's town or fortress. King Edward I was very aware of the old myths, legends and prophecies surrounding Caernavon. King Edward knew that if he could be seen to fulfil an old Celtic prophecy that his invasion and triumph over the Welsh would be given the credibility that he craved. King Edward wanted to draw comparisons between himself and King Arthur - and any other ancient Kings who were revered by the Britons. It is no coincidence that Caernarvon Castle was built differently to the other Welsh castles! The master builder and architect Master James of St George would have been very aware of these myths and legends. And he designed Caernarvon Castle accordingly! Caernavon was seen as the capital of North Wales and became the English administrative centre. Edward's son, who became King Edward II, was born at Caernavon Castle and given the title of the ' Prince of Wales'. Since 1911 the castle has been the location for the investiture of the Prince of Wales. The design and architecture of Caernarvon Castle is steeped in Welsh mythology. Caernavon Castle was used by the Royalists during the English Civil War in 1642 and successfully with held three sieges during this war. Caernarvon castle was built to embody both history and legend.

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