Porthmadog place names

Porthmadog place names

The name Porthmadog looks and sounds as Welsh as any, but it has an English root. The town developed as a result of land reclamation and other schemes by William Alexander Maddocks, a wealthy Lincolnshire MP who had acquired land in the area. Port Maddock became Portmadoc, and now the standard spelling is Porthmadog. This has led to speculation in the past that it was from here that Prince Madog sailed from to North America in the 11th century, but it’s more likely that he departed from what is now Rhos-on-Sea, as explained here.

Porthmadog isn’t the only place in the vicinity where an English name has gone native. Tremadog is the model village nearby which Maddocks built to house his workers. And Cnicht, the conical mountain nearby, takes its name from the Middle English word “knight”.

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