• LOCATION 5 | Discovering Conwy: The Medieval Walled Town on a Waterfront

    Mill Gate

    Pass through the gate, turn right and position yourself on the patch of grass somewhere beyond the interpretation board.

    We have just come through the mill gate which leads to the corn grinding mill on the river. High up on the walls in front of you, to the left are some strange projections. They are not the murder holes but medieval toilets hanging out over the river - where the railway is now - so flushing away was not a problem.

    Also on the left hand tower of the gate you see three square holes running diagonally upwards - there are more to be seen on the walls to your right. These are called putlog holes - literally "put logs" to stick out and give medieval scaffolding.

    Now go back through the gate and stop under its arch.

    If you were Welsh you were not allowed to live in the town. You could come in to work or trade - we still have a Honey Fair in September and a seed Fair in March that have been going for 800 years - but you had to be gone by curfew when the gates were closed. The gates were secured by huge bars pulled out from the holes you see and also a portcullis that ran in the groves on either side.

    Let's move on.

    Turn to your right and recross the road. Remember the traffic comes from the right. Once across walk back in the direction of the Tourist Centre.

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Discovering Conwy: The Medieval Walled Town on a Waterfront