infobox UK place
country = Wales
map_type= location map|Wales Gwynedd|label=|position=left|float=none|long=-4.1|lat=52.9|caption=|width=190
postcode_district = LL49
Porthmadog, pronEng|ˌpɒrθˈmædɒg and known locally as Port, is a small
coastal townin the Dwyforlocality within Gwyneddin North Wales. It was previously in Caernarfonshire. It has a populationof 4,187 (2001 census).
Porthmadog came into existence after
William Madocksbuilt a long seawall, called the Cob, to reclaim a large proportion of the Traeth Mawrfrom the sea for agricultural use. This was completed in 1811. The origin of its name is unclear. Some claim that the town is named after its founder Madocks, and indeed historical documents show that Madocks himself referred to the town as "Pentre Gwaelod" (translated roughly into English as "Lower Village") [Y Wylan (Papur Bro), May 2007] .
The earliest documented references to "Port Madoc" emerge in the 1830s, coinciding with the opening of the
Festiniog Railwayand the subsequent dramatic growth of the town, and the first Ordnance Surveymap to use this name was published in 1838. [http://www.e-gymraeg.co.uk/enwaulleoedd/amr/cronfa_en.aspx]
Some maintain that the place was named after Ynys Madoc (Madoc Island) in the
Glaslyn Estuaryand its famous resident Madog ap Owain Gwynedd, a prince who, according to legend, travelled to the Americas300 years before Columbus.
The town was called Portmadoc until 1974, when it was renamed to the equivalent Welsh spelling and pronunciation.
Slate industry and transportation
Located on the
Irish Seacoast, Porthmadog has a small harbourwhere ships used to load with slate carried on the many local narrow gauge railways that terminated there. These included the Croesor Tramway, Ffestiniog Railway, Gorseddau Tramway, and Welsh Highland Railway. In the second half of the 19th centuryPorthmadog was a flourishing port. A number of shipbuilders were active here at this time, and were particularly well-known for the three-masted schoonersknown as the "Western Ocean Yachts". Porthmadog's role as a commercial port was effectively ended by the First World War. The slate wharves have now been partly built over with holiday apartments, and the harbour is used by leisure yachts. Porthmadog Harbour railway stationat the southern end of the High Street is the terminus of the Ffestiniog Railwayfrom Blaenau Ffestiniog. The Welsh Highland Railway(Porthmadog) has its main station and visitor centre near the northern end of the High Street on the former Cambrian Railwayssidings and close to the main line station on the Cambrian Coast Linefrom Pwllhelito Barmouthand Machynlleth. In 2009 the rebuilt Welsh Highland Railwayfrom Caernarfon and Rhyd Ddu is planned to be reopened via Beddgelertto Porthmadog, also operating trains to the Ffestiniog Railway's harbour station with the possibility of through services from Caernarfonto Blaenau Ffestiniog.
Culture and sports
According to the
United Kingdom Census 2001, the number of speakers of the Welsh languagein all age groups was 75%, with the highest percentage of Welsh speakers being in the 10-14 range (96.3%). There is a very strong Welsh cultureand community, with almost all community activities held in the Welsh Language.
Near Porthmadog is
Portmeirion, where much of the 1960s television series" The Prisoner" was filmed.
Porthmadog hosted the
National Eisteddfodin 1987.
The local football club - CPD Porthmadog FC - play in the
League of Wales.
rugby unionclub is [http://www.porthmadogRFC.tk Porthmadog RFC] who play at Clwb Chwaraeon Madog and are in the Gwynedd League.
A cycle route now crosses the Cob, this forming part of
Lôn Las Cymru, the Welsh national cycle route.
Three members of the
Genod droogcome from Porthmadog
* [http://www.porthmadog.co.uk Porthmadog Town Website]
* [http://www.porthmadog.com Welcome to Porthmadog]
* [http://www.porthmadogRFC.tk Porthmadog Rugby Club]
* [http://www.whr.co.uk Welsh Highland Railway (Porthmadog}]
* [http://whr.bangor.ac.uk Welsh Highland Railway (Caernarfon)]
* [http://www.webcam.whr.co.uk Welsh Highland Railway, Porthmadog Webcams]
* [http://www.ffestiniograilway.co.uk/index.asp Ffestiniog Railway]
* [http://www.porthmadogfc.com Porthmadog Football Club]
* [http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PorthmadogFreeCycle/ Porthmadog Freecycle group]
* [http://www.ereiniog.co.uk/ Luxury holiday cottage accommodation - Ereiniog]
* [http://www.virtualmidlands.co.uk/demos/portmadoc.htm Virtual Portmadog & Surrounding Area]
* [http://www.geograph.org.uk/search.php?i=3490410 www.geograph.co.uk : photos of Porthmadog and surrounding area]
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