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Observations by Wood in the course of his survey:

Plan of Bangor, from Actual Survey by John Wood 1834. The city of Bangor is situated 236 miles from London and has a population of 4,750.

Bangor lies at the foot of a steep rock, in a narrow and fertile vale, near the northern entrance to the Menai Strait. It consists of one principal street, nearly a mile in length, and much too narrow for so great a thoroughfare, with several smaller avenues opening into it from the water side. Since the construction of that admirable work of art, the Menai Bridge, Bangor has risen into some importance, being visited by upwards of 50,000 persons annually, who remain for longer or shorter periods. Houses are regularly prepared for the reception of lodgers in the summer season. Many neat villas have been erected in the vicinity; and the spacious inn, built by Mr Pennant, affords elegant accommodation for one hundred inmates at a time. Its proximity to the sea has given Bangor the advantage of becoming a favourite bathing-place; and the views of Beauniaris Bay and the Caernarvon mountains from Garth Point, the promenade of the inhabitants, are of the most picturesque, hold, and sublime character. The principal public buildings are the cathedral, the bishop's palace, free school, market house and three excellent inns.

The trade of this place consists entirely in the export of slates raised in the quarries of Llandegai, seven miles from the town, and conveyed on a railway to Port Penrhyn, where there is an excellent and convenient quay. A castle is now in progress of erection within the demesne of Mr Pennant adjacent to the city, on the site of the palace of Roderic, Prince of Wales in 720, on a scale of great extent and magnificence. It is built in the pure Saxon style of architecture, at an expense perhaps exceeding £100,000.

 

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