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Marking century since Suffragettes accused of burning Caernarfon school

Caernarfon County School during the August 1913 fire
Caernarfon County School during the August 1913 fire

Did you know that this week marks a century since attempts were made to burn Caernarfon’s county school, with the Suffragette movement blamed for the act.

On 15 August 1913, there was a deliberate attempt to burn down the county school building in Caernarfon. Gwynedd Council’s Archives Service has collected a small collection of images and documents from the period which showed that the Suffragette movement was suspected of being responsible.

Councillor John Wynn Jones, Gwynedd Council’s Economy Cabinet Member who leads on archives said:

“Gwynedd’s record offices are a treasure-trove of information that protect 800 years of the county’s history. From old church and chapel record to old photographs of Gwynedd across the decades which recount the fascinating tale of our county.

“This new online exhibition recounts an interesting period in the political history of our country. I hope that anyone who is interested in local history and beyond will visit the exhibition, and if you want to learn more about Gwynedd’s history, go along to your local record office.”

More information about this exhibition is available on Gwynedd Council’s online archives

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Last updated: 13/08/2013
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