Porthmadog is a pretty harbour town at the head of Cardigan Bay

Porthmadog is a popular holiday destination on the Wales Coast Path at the top of Cardigan Bay. Sioned Bannister looks into its fascinating history

THERE WAS AN AIR OF GREAT EXCITEMENT on a September day in 1811. A tremendous party was taking place atop the Cob, the enormous and newly built embankment that now spanned the width of the Glaslyn estuary. A colossal ox was roasted for a fine feast and there were eisteddfod, racing and dancing events that marked the beginning of four days of high spirited celebrations.
Crowds of local people and visitors turned out, eager to see the completion of ambitious works