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Holyhead - The most informative Holyhead site
on the internet.
Holyhead Railway Station, Virgin Train, Stena House and Clock
in July 2009
Holyhead, on the Island of
Anglesey in North Wales is the largest of the county's towns,
with a population
port, and has been for hundreds of years. Sailings to Dublin
and Dun Laoghaire are frequent, and on the fast ferry ship
takes just 99 minutes.
Like most places, Holyhead has a town shopping centre that is
all but dead, with the majority of trade and shopping being carried
on the periphary of town in the national brand name supermarkets
and other large non food supermarkets.
The Town Council appear to have
shot themselves in the foot by pedestrianising the town centre,
meaning that most people would have to first find parking, then
pay for it; so many people just drive to the larger shops where
there are lots of parking spaces, and it is free! Reversing the
pedestrianisation would undoubtedly help the town centre shoppers
Holyhead grew to the size that it is primarily based around
the need for a reliable Royal Mail service from London to Ireland,
and to facilitate that mail service the A5 and the Menai Suspension
built by Thomas Telford, and also the Conwy Suspension Bridge.
These measures ensured a speedy journey to Holyhead, both by
rail and by road.
Holyhead Breakwater and town from Holyhead Mountain taken c1890
Holyhead Breakwater and town from Holyhead Mountain taken in
My latest project is recording the Anglesey War Memorials, of which Holyhead
War Memorials is my biggest task. I not only research some of the casualties
listed on Holyhead's main memorial, but also tell the stories and show you
high resolution images. I share with you the memorials in the schools, chapels
and churches, and also the graves of our brave service men and women that are
buried in Maeshyfryd, St Seiriol's Church and St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery.
You will find some of the stories both heart rending and unbelieveavble. There
is the story of an 18 year old Holyhead lad who was on a ship in the Java Sea,
only to experience his ship being sunk by a mine. He is taken prisoner of war
by the Japanese, and subjected to horrendously cruel conditions, and reduced to eating maggots and rats. As I have been taking photographs
of Holyhead for years I have an amazing computer collection of them, and where
appropriate I will share these with you. I will show you war memorials from
a chapel in Holyhead that has now been demolished, so they will never be seen
again. To go to Holyhead War Memorials pages now please click here
Since the late 1960's, following the building of an aluminium smelter
by Rio Tinto Zinc and the Kaiser Corporation at Anglesey Aluminium, and a nuclear
power station at Wylfa, the prosperity of Holyhead and Anglesey was ensured,
at least for a number of years. In 2008, with the prospect of the closure of
Wylfa Power Station in 2010, and the expected knock on effect this may have
for Anglesey Aluminium, the future looks less certain. These two employers
are probably the last on Anglesey to be able to offer non professional workers
excellent wages. Update: Anglesey Aluminium has now all but closed, but the future of Wylfa power
station relies on the building of 'Wylfa B' power station.
The shopping centres of Holyhead - such as they are - are now mostly on
the periphery of the town, but efforts to re-vitalise the town centre seem
to be ongoing.
You will not find a more in depth history of Holyhead on the internet
than on these Holyhead pages.
If you are interested in old photographs of the United Kingdom generally
you may like to visit my website at Old UK Photos - it is the largest of its' kind in the UK.
House and business oppportunity click here
Boston Street Holyhead
Anglesey, Holyhead Freightliner Terminal and St Seiriols'
Anglesey, Holyhead Market 1908
Anglesey, Holyhead, Market Street 1930's - showing a busy
Anglesey, Holyhead, Crew of the SS Hibernia, which sailed
to Ireland in the early 20th century
Anglesey, Holyhead, Penrhos Bay - before Morawelon was
Anglesey, Holyhead, St Seiriol's Church - sadly now demolished
Anglesey, Holyhead, Soldiers Point 1910's
Anglesey, Holyhead, Admiralty Pier - showing Customs House
The port is just a short walk from the town centre and bed and breakfast
establishments. Of particular interest is the church, built on land which at
one time housed a roman garrison. Nearby is the well known South Stack Lighthouse,
beautiful to see, and the cliffs there are a haven for many species of birds.
Holyhead, St Cybi's Church
Holyhead's First School - in the grounds of St Cybi's
Holyhead, Roman Wall around St Cybi's Church
An old Holyhead street that you once would have seen through
the same arch as above coming out of St Cybi's
The area around Holyhead is dotted with many sites of historical interest,
like ancient burial mounds etc. Many of the town's oldest buildings have been
given a facelift, but there is much to be done to restore it to the former
The George Hotel, Holyhead
The Empire Cinema - Holyhead. Sadly in 2008 the cinema showed its' last film
The Ucheldre Centre is not only a permanent art gallery, but it is also
much more. Lots of exhibitions, plays, and lectures take place in this wonderful
old building which was previously part of the old Convent (now demolished).
The original convent church adjoins the Centre. Well worth a visit.
Search the website below:
Holyhead Page 2
Holyhead War Memorials
Holyhead Past Memories
WWII USAAF Flying Tragedy
Maritime and Railway Photos I
Maritime and Railway Photos II
London & North
City of Dublin
Steam Packet Company
Chronological List of Holyhead
The Sinking of H.M.S. Tara
The Sinking of R.M.S. Leinster
The Sinking of H.M.H.S. Anglia
The Sinking of HMS Scotia
The Sinking of S.S. Connemara
The Sinking of the Primrose Hill