The Town and Borough of Criccieth came into being some 723 years ago on 22nd November 1284 when a charter was granted by Edward the First. Edward had made four visits to Criccieth. He came in August [15th]1283 and again in May [22nd] and August [3rd] 1284 having been on a pilgrimage to Bardsey and again in October [26th] of that year .
Although the original charter is now lost, copies were made and kept for confirmation by successive monarchs .Edward II. Richard I. Henry IV and Henry VI .
Attached to the Charter was a great seal . The Societie’s Logo echoes the style in its design
The first Mayor was William de Leyburn, who was appointed Constable of the castle a month after the signing of the Charter. After the town had been brought into being, and a number of Burgesses had settled there, the Borough continued to function normally throughout the fourteenth century, during which time the standard Courts were held regularly at their appointed times, such as the Three-
The Town and Borough of Criccieth