First World War Sites in north west Wales




What do you know?


Do you or your family have any information about what people at home did to support the War? We particularly want to find locations where things happened: which land was used for allotments in the War, where were the first WI meetings held? See the WWI Sites page for examples of the sort of sites we are looking at.

The aim of this project is to allow us all to better understand the legacy of the First World War and to enhance the Historic Environment Record (HER). This is a database of the known archaeological and historical features within each Welsh Trust area, which underpins every aspect of the Trusts' work (go to www.archwilio.org to see the sites currently on the HERs). Only those features recorded on the HER can be protected through the provision of accurate advice so your input is really important. We also want to find out if enough remains survive on important sites to make them worthy of legal protection by Cadw.

To achieve both these aims we need to know the exact location of relevant sites and whether there is anything to see on the ground (for example we want to know if: buildings are still standing, or if foundations are visible. Are there concrete remains lying about?). We also want to know about the history of the site.

If you have any old documents, photographs or old postcards relating to a site we would be very grateful if you were able to send us a copy. Even better if you are willing to give us permission to make the information and pictures public on our website, through the Historic Environment Record and through our new searchable image library, your picture will be made available for everyone to see. People studying local history or just interested in their area will be able to find and learn from these images that your family have preserved, so you will be actively contributing to history.


What should you do?

If you have any pictures or information that you think might be of interest to us, please send copies either by email to WWI@heneb.co.uk or by post to: WWI, Gwynedd Archaeological Trust, Craig Beuno, Garth Road, Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 2RT.

Make sure you include a grid reference (from a map, GPS or mobile phone - please let us know how you got it). If you need help with reading a grid reference please go to:

If a grid reference is not possible please describe the location of the site as well as possible, including perhaps an address with post code, road names, house names or mark it on a copy of a map.

Include your story about the site, who is connected to it, and when they were there.

What is the site like now? Has it been destroyed, are there buildings that have been reused, are there remains still on the ground?

Include permission for us to use your images if you are willing and able to do so. Please ensure that you are not supplying copyrighted material.

Include some way for us to contact you if we have any questions (a phone number or email address will be enough).



Home Front Legacy

You can also join in with a UK-wide initiative to record information online, if you are unable to attend one of our roadshows or get the information to us. The Home Front Legacy project was developed in collaboration with Historic Environment Records across the UK and has useful information about the sort of detail we are interested in for our records too. Go to http://www.homefrontlegacy.org.uk/wp/ for more information. Data submitted to the Home Front Legacy Project will be accessioned to the HER in due course.




Every effort has been made to contact the copyright holders of materials included on this Website.
If visitors consider materials to be their copyright and have not been contacted by the GAT, please contact us at WWI@heneb.co.uk