About Britain Jigsaws

About Britain Jigsaws

You can find out more about the locations featured in our jigsaw range below, offering a taste of the picturesque illustrations we have to offer.

Criccieth, North Wales (Welsh: Cricieth)

Criccieth is a seaside town on Cardigan Bay in the Elfionydd area of Gwynedd, North Wales. There is evidence of settlement dating back to the Bronze Ages around the town and the area is rich with history. One of its principal attractions is Criccieth Castle, thought to have been built around 1230 and offering a commanding view over the coast and countryside from its ruins. In the centre lies Y Maes, part of the original medieval town common, while on nearby Fford Castell there is the popular Cadwalader’s Ice Cream Parlour, that opened originally as a general store in 1927. The town is noted for its fairs, held on 23rd May and 29th June every year.

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Padstow, Cornwall (Cornish: Lannwedhenek)

Padstow lies on the west bank of the River Camel estuary on the north coast of Cornwall, England. The name is derived from ‘Petroc-stow’ or ‘Petroc’s Place’ after the Welsh missionary Saint Petroc who landed nearby. Today it is a small fishing port and major tourist destination, but in the past was a working port of significant status. Before the age of steam, Padstow was more important to mariners than modern industrial locations such as Liverpool as a centre for emigration. It was from here that many Cornish families departed for new lives in the Americas and Antipodes.

St Ives, Cornwall (Cornish: Port la meaning St la’s cove)

St Ives is a seaside town and port on the north Coast of Cornwall, England. North of Penzance and west of Camborne, its origins are attributed to the arrival of the Irish Saint la in the 5th Century and the parish church in the town still bears her name. Historically, St Ives was a busy fishing port, but since the decline in commercial fishing it has primarily become known as an award winning holiday resort. For more than a century, the town has also been closely associated with the arts, and in 1993 Tate St Ives was opened on the site of the old gas works overlooking Porthmeor Beach.

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East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire

East Kilbride (Scottish Gaelic: Cille Bhrighde an Ear) is a large suburban town located in South Lanarkshire, Scotland. The town is situated on high ground, about 8 miles (13km) southeast of Glasgow and near to the boundary with East Renfrewshire. Before its famous development into Scotland’s first new town, there had been habitation in the area for many centuries: ancient burial sites and Roman artefacts have been uncovered. East Kilbride takes its name from an Irish Saint, St Bride or St Brigit, and the original parish church was located on the site of a pre-Christian sacred well dedicated to the Celtic goddess Brigid – a possible source of the association.

The most radical changes occurred after the Second World War, when five satellite ‘new towns’ were constructed to alleviate the chronic housing shortage within Glasgow. East Kilbride was the first of the five towns to be created, and was subdivided into residential precincts, each with its own local shops, schools and community facilities. Development continued throughout the second half of the 20th Century.

Ely, Cambridgeshire

Ely is an ancient cathedral city in Cambridgeshire, England. It is 14 miles north east of Cambridge and 80 miles from London by road. The city lies on a 23 square mile island of Kimmeridge clay, which at an elevation of 85 feet is the highest land in the low luing ferns. Etherlthrth (Etheldreda) founded an abbey at Ely in AD 673, but construction of the famous cathedral was started in 1083 by the first Norman bishop, Simeon. The octagon, built over Ely’s nave crossing between 1322 and 1328, is the “greatest individual achievement of architectural genius at Ely Cathedral” according to architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner.

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Brighton, East Susssex

Brighton is located in East Sussex on the south coast of England. It makes up the greated part of the city of Brighton and Hove. The ancient settlement of Brighthelmstone dates from before the Domesday Book of 1086, but most of this original settlement was destroyed by French raiders in June 1514. From 1780, development of the famous Georgian terraces began, and the fashionable resort of Brighton took shape. Used as a seaside getaway by the Price Regent, Brighton became a popular destination for day-trippers from London after the arrival of the railway in 1841.

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