Friday, 25 May 2007

Historic Caernarfon

Standing on the battlements of Caernarfon, looking across the bay, he said: ‘I like it here. You get the sense of a lot of history here.’

Which is an interesting way of looking at it, as if history is something that accumulates, or pools, in certain places. But of course the reason why Caernarfon feels historical is because it has had relatively speaking only a little history. History is a force that is continually erasing the physical traces of history. There’s much more history in Coventry, or Southampton, than in Caernarfon or the shambles at York.

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