History in Anglesey

Anglesey – The History of Anglesey in North Wales

Llaneilian Church near Amlwch.

The Isle of Anglesey is not just relaxing and beautiful with lots of beaches and wide open spaces, it is also a wonderful place to visit and just chill out in the quiet stillness of its surroundings.

The island is full of unusual and interesting things to see, and places to visit, for example, its churches are so atmospheric – not because of their grandeur – but because of their simplicity and the rural beauty of their location. There were 74 parish churches on Anglesey, and in addition even more rural churches belonging to the parish churches, these were known as chapels of ease. We have photographed almost a hundred of them for you to view at your leisure.

There are over 70 sites on Anglesey where you can view megalithic monuments left to us from prehistoric times. Standing stones and burial chambers are everywhere. We have 2 beautiful pieces of architecture in our bridges at Menai, the objects of many a cameras aim. Read about their history and view the photographs.

We will be working on the history of the more important houses of Anglesey, the estates of which have provided work for many country families over the past hundreds of years. Read about their achievements and how they have shaped the island, agriculturally and economically.

High resolution images of Anglesey’s War Memorials, plus lots of information about the casualties that is not on the memorials.

Holyhead War Memorial 2011

There are pages on the history of various military establishments like the shore based training ship Indefatigable, and the RAF at Valley. We have pages on Anglesey’s War Memorials, including some where we have transcribed the names. We tell the story of the impressive Menai Bridges, one built by Telford the other by Stephenson. Anglesey has a proud and courageous lifeboat tradition, and we tell of one of our heroes – Dic Evans of Moelfre Lifeboat. To put it all into perspective we are producing a Timeline for Anglesey that we believe will be interesting and informative. Please choose your interests from the buttons above and enjoy the history and architecture of the island that is small in size but big in heart.

There are extensive pages that recall the maritime history of the island, these include the tragedies of the HMS Thetis, HMS Tara, RMS Leinster, HMHS Anglia, SS Connemara, and RMT Scotia. Also Included are lists of many of the ships that have sailed out of Holyhead since the mid 19th century, and their individual stories.

RAF Valley on Anglesey

RAF Valley or `Valley Camp` as it is locally called has been a major part of Anglesey life since it was being built in 1939. During the building of the station, the Celtic hoard of Llyn Cerrig Bach was discovered, and an amazing part of Anglesey’s history

Moelfre Lifeboat History on Anglesey

A superb photo of the wonderful bronze statue of Dic Evans again keeping a vigil over the Sea. The Memorial is angled with Dic looking out to sea with the Moelfre lifeboat station to his left. A stunning six-foot bronze statue of Dic Evans, famous as the

The Toll Houses of Anglesey

Thomas Telford designed and supervised the building of the Menai Suspension Bridge, and the road from Holyhead on Anglesey to London. The bridge took from 1818 – 1826 to build. As a means of recuperating some of the money, there were five toll gates, each with a

TS Indefatigable Anglesey 1944-1995

The TS (Training Ship) Indefatigable was for many years a place where young men could train for a life at sea. Anyone from Anglesey will have fond memories of seeing the young trainee sailors in their neatly pressed navy uniforms in and around the village of Llanfair

Plas Newydd

Stately Home of the Marquesses of Anglesey Plas Newydd wears the undisputed crown as the Anglesey estate amongst estates. Not only because of the wonderful Gothic style architecture of its country house but because of the fame earned and the fortunes amassed by those who had dwelt