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Holyhead - everything you wanted to know about Holyhead.

Holyhead - Sunrise over Beibio Bay Spring 2013

Holyhead - Sunrise over Beibio Bay Spring 2013

For 200 years the town of Holyhead in North Wales has remained virtually untouched, with just the odd building having been replaced by a new - for example - supermarket or hotel. There is no doubt that someone who lived in Holyhead in Victorian times would still recognise the Holyhead town centre and indeed most other areas of today.

My latest project is recording the Anglesey War Memorials, of which Holyhead War Memorials is by far the most time consuming of tasks. I have not only researched some of Holyhead's war casualties named on Holyhead's War Memorial, but I also tell the stories of some of the individuals using high resolution images. I will show you the war memorials in the schools - where remembrance is still a part of school life, I will show you the special memorials in the chapels and churches, and also show you the graves of our brave service men and women that came home from the terrible wars badly wounded or infected by foreign diseases, and subsequently died, and are now buried in Maeshyfryd, St Seiriol's Church and Saint Marys Catholic Cemetery.

Some of the stories you will find heart breaking and remarkable, like that of an 18 year old from Holyhead in the Royal Navy who had been involved in the Battle of the Java Sea, but was taken prisoner by the Japanese after his ship was sunk by a mine. He is subjected to horrendously cruel conditions in captivity and reduced to eating maggots and rats to survive. As a prolific photographer with many hundreds of photos taken around Holyhead over the years, I have an amazing collection, and where appropriate to the subject I will share these with you. I also have images from the now demolished Disgwylfa Chapel in London Road, taken of the chapel war memorials which will never be seen again. Go to Holyhead War Memorials pages now please click here

Market Street, Holyhead

Market Street, Holyhead

Market Street, Holyhead 1900's

Market Street, Holyhead 1900's

Market Street, Holyhead 1911

Market Street, Holyhead 1911

holyhead war memorial near the town clock

Holyhead War Memorial and Town Clock

Holyhead, National School House

Holyhead, National School House

Holyhead, National School

Holyhead, National School House



For centuries the habitants of Holyhead have strolled along the front of Holyhead's Newry Green and Beach front, and either sat on the grass or paddled near the small beach, and whiled away the time watching the boats toing and froing within the breakwater harbour.

Holyhead, Newry and Mackenzie Pier

Holyhead, Newry and Mackenzie Pier

Holyhead, Newry Green

Holyhead, Newry Green

Holyhead, The Breakwater from Newry

Holyhead, The Breakwater from Newry

Holyhead, Newry from the Breakwater

Holyhead, Newry from the Breakwater

Holyhead, Newry from the Breakwater

Holyhead, Newry from the Breakwater

Holyhead, Newry and Mackenzie Pier and the Breakwater

Holyhead, Newry and Mackenzie Pier and the Breakwater

Holyhead, Newry looking towards the Mountain

Holyhead, Newry looking towards the Mountain

Holyhead, looking towards Amlwch

South Stack Lighthouse.

South Stack lighthouse is very well known in the maritime world. Many a sailor has warmed to the sight of its light, guarding them against the treacherous rocks in that vicinity.

Originally manned, the stores had to be carried by donkey down the 400 and something steps, before crossing onto the island via a small bridge located 100 feet above the waves. Now automated and unmanned, it is a tourist attraction. The view from the top of the steps on a clear day is breathtaking. Only a few hundred yards from Ty Mawr Hut Circles and Ellins Tower - a renowned bird watching hide.

south stack lighthouse

South Stack Lighthouse

holyhead, south stack lighthouse in the evening

South Stack Lighthouse in the evening

The Holyhead Breakwater.

Holyhead's breakwater was built using the stone from in it's own quarry, and many lives would be lost before it's completion. Now the scene of the stroller or the fisherman.

Holyhead - The Breakwater

Holyhead - The Breakwater

Holyhead - The Breakwater

Holyhead - The Breakwater

Holyhead - Irish Ferries

Holyhead - Irish Ferries

Holyhead - Irish Mail Steamer

Holyhead - Irish Mail Steamer

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