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LLANBERIS

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Originally appearing in Volume V16, Page 828 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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LLANBERIS, a town of Carnarvonshire, N. Wales, 8i m. E. by S. of Carnarvon, by a branch of the London & North-Western railway. Pop. (1901) 3or5. It is finely situated in a valley near the foot of Snowdon. The valley has two lakes, Llyn Peris and Llyn Padarn, of over r m. and 2 M. long respectively, about 4 m. apart. From Padarn rises the Seint, called Rothell in its upper part. Dolbadarn Castle is a circular tower near the foot of Peris lake. Dolbadarn means the " Padarn meadow." Several Welsh churches are dedicated to Padarn. In the castle Owen Goch (Owen the Red) was imprisoned from 1254 to 1277, by the last Llewelyn, whose brother Dafydd held it for some time against Edward I. During the time of Owen Glendower (temp. Henry IV. and Henry V.), the castle often changed hands. Near is Ceunantmawr waterfall. The Vaenol ,late quarries are here, and hence is the easiest ascent of Snowdon, with a railway to the summit. From the road over the fine Llanberis pass towards Capel Curig, a turn to the right leads to Beddgelert, through Nant Gwynnant (" white " or " happy valley," or " stream "), where Pembroke and Ieuan ap Robert (for the I.ancastrians)had manyskirmishes in the time of Edward IV. Gwynnant Lake is about 1 m. long, by s m. broad, and below it is the smaller Llyn Dinas.
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