These buildings were not only a matter of CYA politics like the equivalent “security” measures are today. They had that role, of course – a show of strength to tell the locals their foreign ruler was formidable. But they were also necessary, as historically the understanding that every noble is just a man was much easier to expose and it was necessary to have actual, solid defences for when the people picked up pikes to press their point.
Remembering that every act of “the state” is actually the decision of an individual is more necessary than ever.
- Best of Anglesey Island Britain’s top travel spot for 2011, Accommodation (visitwales.co.uk)
They are not closing, nor are they removing, the pier in the Welsh city of Bangor. Surprisingly, I was in Bangor on a warm and sunny day (despite the weathermen forecasting grey skies and rain) so headed to the pier for ice-cream. The ice-cream seller was good humoured and chatted to us in a friendly manner before we wandered on to the end of the pier.
The pier is in good repair and if you walk to its end you are rewarded with great views. Turn one way and you see the Menai Straits and the bridges to Anglesey, turn in the opposite direction and enjoy the view out to sea, turn slightly back towards mainland Wales and you are faced with this view. When shown this photo, no-one ever guesses it is in Wales!
I am informed that Bangor gets a lot less rain than you might expect; most of it falling either on Anglesey or, slightly further inland, on the mountains. It is one of the smallest cities in Britain.