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You might have missed Santes Dwynwen day, but it’s still not too late to express your love by sending a romantic card on Valentine’s day.

Here is an example of a Valentine Card from the 19th century which can be found amongst the Bangor manuscripts.

Paper Valentines became popular in the early part of that century. Fancy Valentines were made with real lace and ribbons, with paper lace introduced in the mid-19th century.

Here are the words that appear on the card :

“Already hast thou fondly vowed

That I shall call thee mine

And now what else remains but this

That you my Valentine


Shall fix upon that wished for day

When linking hand in hand

United, we shall both before,

The sacred alter stand”

The Archives are responsible for the care and storage of the early College Records as well as our Archives Collections and General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts. All of these manuscript collections are bound by one common factor, their relevance to the history, people and topography of North Wales. However, their subject areas are wide ranging and are of national as well as local historical interest.

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Publication date: 31 January 2014