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Books about Anglesey

newLatest books

Anglesey Through TimeAnglesey Through Time - Warren Kovach, 2013
Anglesey Through Time is a new book by the author of this web site, Anglesey-History.co.uk. It documents the rich history of Anglesey through the medium of photography. Each point of interest is illustrated with a pair of photos, one from the 19th to early 20th century and another recent one, together with a short description of their historical significance.

Anglesey Railways Through Time - Mike Hitches, 2014
Prolific railway author Mike Hitches turns his attentions to the Anglesey railways. In a similar format to my Anglesey Through Time book above, he illustrates the various bridges and stations with old and modern photographs, along with numerous pictures of the various classes of trains that crossed the island. It also includes a sizeable section on the ships that carried passengers between Holyhead and Dublin.

Defending Anglesey - Mark Dalton, 2013
An investigation of the 20th century coastal defences and other military sites around the island. This 376 page coffee table book is copiously illustrated with old photos of various gun batteries, pillboxes, airfields, radar sites, etc., alongside maps and modern photos of what remains. All the features are described in great detail.

Môntage - Writings from a Welsh Island - 2013
An excellent collection of essays, short stories and poetry from and about the Isle of Anglesey.

Every Picture Tells a Story of Holy Island - Gareth Rowlands & Julie Roberts, 2013
A watercolour-illustrated journey around Holy Island, discussing the maritime history and memories of Holyhead Port. Available from the Holyhead Maritime Museum, the Oriel Ynys Mon shop, and other local outlets.

The Rocks of Anglesey's Coast - Jack E. Treagus and Susan H. Treagus, 2013
This book describes the geology around the coast of Anglesey, highlighting 25 excursions of different complexity and easy access. For each, the colourful rocks and their features are clearly explained and illustrated.

Paranormal Anglesey - Bunty Austin, 2013
More tales of the spooky sort from Bunty Austin, with recollections by local residents of unexplained events on the island. It includes stories of a murder at Parys Mountain mine, the haunting of the old Min-y-Don hotel in Red Wharf Bay, and much more.

Anglesey at War - Geraint Jones, 2012
A comprehensive look at the effects of the First and Second world wars on daily life on Anglesey. It is well illustrated and tells the stories of many individuals against the background of the wider narrative of the wars.

Llyn Cerrig Bach: Treasure from the Iron Age - Philip Steele, Frances Lynch & Robert Williams
Description of spectacular Iron Age artefacts found in a lake on Anglesey. These include chariots, swords and spears, a gleaming crescent of bronze, a splendid shield mount, a bronze horn, cauldrons, iron bars and chains. A Welsh version is also available.

Anglesey Best Walks - Osian Pennant Hughes, 2012
Descriptions of walks around the island, including maps, photos and heritage notes.

Cruising Anglesey and Adjoining Waters - Ralph Morris, 2012
A guide to cruising the seas around Anglesey and from Porthmadog to Liverpool.

Sea Fishing Venues In Wales - Anglesey - James P Hindley, 2012
Full descriptions of 28 sea fishing venues around the coast of Anglesey.

Anglesey Then and Now - Mark Youlden, 2012
Contrasting a selection of 45 archive images alongside full-colour modern photographs, this book traces some of the changes and developments that have taken place in the Isle of Anglesey during the last century. Accompanied by detailed and informative captions, these intriguing photographs reveal changing modes of fashion and transportation, shops and businesses, houses and public buildings, and, of course, some of the local people who once lived and worked here.

A Corridor Through Time: The Archaeology of the A55 Anglesey Road Scheme - Richard Cuttler, Andrew Davidson & Gwilym Hughes, 2012
This presents the results of archaeological investigations undertaken prior to the construction of the A55, a dual-carriageway which extended the North Wales Expressway to Holyhead. This detailed examination of a 32km corridor across Anglesey provided a rare and significant opportunity to delve into one of the richest archaeological landscapes in Britain.

Turner - Karl Drinkwater, 2012
This is a horror novel based on a fictional small island off the coast of Anglesey. The island seems the ideal place for four unconnected individuals to seek refuge from their own demons and to escape from the rat race. However, on Ynys Diawl they face a night of horror and madness. If they don't work together none of them will see the light of day. Warning - according to reviewers this book can be somewhat gory.

The Ebb & Flow - David Edwards, 2012
A historical novel set in Georgian Anglesey, "a sweeping saga of power and corruption, friendship and loyalty, love and hate". It follows the story of local man Owen Tudor who is caught up in the bitter rivalry between Sir Littleton-Jones and Earl Lloyd-Williams, his loyalties divided between them and his fellow Anglesey people.

It's not a book, but:
Monopoly
Anglesey Monopoly
- Winning Moves, 2011
This is the classic Monopoly board game, but with Anglesey place names for all the properties.

History

Anglesey Through TimeAnglesey Through Time - Warren Kovach, 2013
Anglesey Through Time is a new book by the author of this web site, Anglesey-History.co.uk. It documents the rich history of Anglesey through the medium of photography. Each point of interest is illustrated with a pair of photos, one from the 19th to early 20th century and another recent one, together with a short description of their historical significance.

Defending Anglesey - Mark Dalton, 2013
An investigation of the 20th century coastal defences and other military sites around the island. This 376 page coffee table book is copiously illustrated with old photos of various gun batteries, pillboxes, airfields, radar sites, etc., alongside maps and modern photos of what remains. All the features are described in great detail.

Medieval Anglesey - A.D. Carr, 2011
An updated edition of this classic 1982 book by one of the prominent Anglesey historians and current president of the Anglesey Antiquarian Society. This book portrays and analyses a medieval society and community, showing what kind of place Anglesey was in the middle ages and illustrating the effect on the island and its people both of events in contemporary Wales and of developments common to most of medieval Europe.

Anglesey at War - Geraint Jones, 2012
A comprehensive look at the effects of the First and Second world wars on daily life on Anglesey. It is well illustrated and tells the stories of many individuals against the background of the wider narrative of the wars.

Llyn Cerrig Bach: Treasure from the Iron Age - Philip Steele, Frances Lynch & Robert Williams
Description of spectacular Iron Age artefacts found in a lake on Anglesey. These include chariots, swords and spears, a gleaming crescent of bronze, a splendid shield mount, a bronze horn, cauldrons, iron bars and chains. A Welsh version is also available.

Anglesey Then and Now - Mark Youlden, 2012
Contrasting a selection of 45 archive images alongside full-colour modern photographs, this book traces some of the changes and developments that have taken place in the Isle of Anglesey during the last century. Accompanied by detailed and informative captions, these intriguing photographs reveal changing modes of fashion and transportation, shops and businesses, houses and public buildings, and, of course, some of the local people who once lived and worked here.

Anglesey: A Megalithic Journey - Neil McDonald, 2010.
An exploration of the island's heritage and countryside, providing vivid descriptions and rich historical backgrounds for its landmarks and culture.

The 'Meini Hirion' and 'Sarns' of Anglesey - William Evans, 1927 (reprinted 2009)
A curious book about the numerous standing stones of Anglesey and the pattern of their distribution and alignment, as related to the ancient roads and land divisions.

Shipwreck!: Charles Dickens and the 'Royal Charter' - Philip Steele & Robert Williams, 2009.
The story of the wreck of the Royal Charter with a reproduction of Charles Dickens' report of the disaster and other contemporary reports.

Life and Death on the "Royal Charter" - Chris and Lesley Holden, 2009.
The true story of a treasure ship wrecked on Anglesey. Written from the view of a local diver who first visited the wreck in 1982.

Beaumaris: The town's story : hanes y dref - Philip Steele & Robert Williams, 2009.
A history of the castle town of Beaumaris.

South Stack, Anglesey's famous lighthouse - Ian Jones, 2009.
An excellent and well illustrated historical overview of the lighthouse.

Copper Kingdom: Parys Mountain and Amlwch's Port - Philip Steele & Robert Williams, 2009.
An illustrated guidebook, published by the Copper Kingdom's Industrial Heritage Trust, telling the story of this famous copper mine and the associated port town.

Anglesey: Past Landscapes of the Coast - text by Frances Lynch, photography by Mick Sharp and Jean Williamson, 2009.
A beautiful pictorial record of the history of Anglesey from prehistoric days to modern times. Also available in Welsh.

Anglesey and Gwynedd: The War Years, 1939-45 - Reg Chambers Jones, 2008.
This book examines in some detail how north-west Wales, the present-day counties of Anglesey and Gwynedd, were affected by the tumultuous years between 1939 and 1945.

A History of the Island of Mona, or Anglesey - Angharad Llwyd, 2008.
This is a reprint of a history of Anglesey written in 1832, when it won a prize at the Beaumaris Eisteddfod for best English language essay. Like the volume Môn Mam Cymru (listed below), this largely comprises a gazetteer of places around the island, with lots of interesting historical details.

Mona antiqua restaurata: An archaeological discourse on the antiquities, natural and historical, of the Isle of Anglesey, the ancient seat of the British druids - Henry Rowlands, 2008.
This is also a reprint of an early book about Anglesey, published in 1723. However,this is a limited edition facsimile that comes nicely bound in a slipcase. It is very much a product of its time and misinterprets the Bronze Age sites on the island as being associated with the later Celtic Druids. However it is still a fascinating book that painstakingly documents the ancient sites on Anglesey.

A History of the Island of Anglesey - 2008.
Another facsimile edition of an old history of Anglesey, dating from 1775. The original was published as a supplement to Henry Rowland's book above, and the facsimile is produced by the same publishers.

Môn Mam Cymru/The Guide to Anglesey - Philip Steele & Robert Williams, 2006.
A new edition of this excellent and well illustrated guide to Anglesey. The bulk of the book is a gazetteer describing hundreds of sites of historical, natural and cultural importance.

Anglesey: The Concise History - David A. Pretty, 2005
A new overview of the history of Anglesey, written by a prominent local historian.

Anglesey 1900 - Margaret Hughes, 2002
Anglesey life in the 19th century as reflected in the local newspapers

Anglesey Air Accidents: During the Twentieth Century - Roy Sloan, 2001.

Anglesey: the Island's Story - Michael Senior, 1996
A short but good tour through the high points of the island's history, from prehistoric to modern times.

Anglesey and its Coastal Tradition - Mike Smylie, 2000
A historical tour around the coast of Anglesey.

Anglesey from the Sea: An Armchair Journey - Margaret Hughes, 2001.

Anglesey Past and Present - Wendy Hughes, 1999
An excellent historical guide to the island. Twenty four chapters cover all stages of the island's history.

Anglesey Remembers: Some of Its Eminent People - Margaret Hughes, 2000.
A collection of short biographies of prominent Anglesey residents of the past.

Anglesey Sketches - Margaret Hughes, 1999
A collection of short essays describing the historical background of some of the author's favourite places around the island.

Anglesey Villages - Margaret Hughes, 2003
An interesting compendium of facts, legends, events and people from various villages around Anglesey.

Copper Mountain - John Rowlands, 1966 (reprinted 2002)
The story of the Parys Mountain copper mines.

Crossing the Menai: An Illustrated History of the Ferries and Bridges of the Menai Strait - Reg Chambers Jones, 2011
This chronicles the story of the various ferries that operated for hundreds of years and the two bridges that were hailed as marvels of nineteenth-century civil engineering. Profusely illustrated, in both colour and monochrome, this book examines both the people and the boats that crossed the Strait.

Edwardian Anglesey : A Pictorial History: v.1 - John Cowell, 1991
Early 20th century history of the island told through old photographs

Edwardian Anglesey : A Pictorial History: v.2 - John Cowell, 1992
Early 20th century history of the island told through old photographs

The Britannia and Other Tubular Bridges: And the Men Who Built Them - John Rapley, 2003
A detailed account of the design and building of the Britannia Bridge, over the Menai Strait

The Golden Wreck: The Tragedy of the 'Royal Charter' - Alexander McKee, 2000
An account of the tragic wreck on the coast of Anglesey, in 1859, of the ship Royal Charter, which was returning from the Australian goldfields laden with treasure.

The Land of the Long Long Name (North West Wales Companion)
John Lasarus Williams, 1999
This book gives numerous snippets of the recent and ancient history of various places around Anglesey and the Gwynedd mainland, centring around the village of Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll.

The Menai Strait - Gwyn Pari Huws, Terry Beggs, 2003
Beautifully illustrated with Terry Beggs photographs, this is a tour up the Menai Strait, describing and illustrating all the points of interest. This is an English translation of the original Welsh book Y Fenai.

Two Bridges Over Menai - Robin Richards, 1996
An interesting little book giving the stories behind the building of the Menai and Britannia Bridges.

Menai Bridges: Pontydd Menai - 1981

Pedigrees of Anglesey and Carnarvonshire Families - J.E. Griffith, 1997
A collection of family trees for many families on the island and the nearby Welsh mainland.

Portraits of an Island: Eighteenth Century Anglesey - Helen Ramage, 2001
A detailed historical overview of life, in both mansions and cottages, on Anglesey in the 1700s.

Thomas Telford's Holyhead Road: The A5 in North Wales - Barrie Trinder, Rick Turner, Jamie Quartermaine, 2003
A full report on a comprehensive archaeological and historical survey of Thomas Telford's road through North Wales, including the Menai Bridge and the road across Anglesey to Holyhead. Well written and copiously illustrated.

Two Centuries of Anglesey Schools - David Pretty, 1977
An extensive history of education on the island.

A Commodious Yard: The Story of William Thomas and Sons Shipbuilders of Amlwch - Bryan D. Hope, 2005
Presents the history of the small Anglesey shipbuilding firm, founded by Captain William Thomas.

Curious Place: Industrial History of Amlwch (1550-1950) - Bryan D. Hope, 1999
The book records the rise and fall of a small Welsh port following the discovery in the eighteenth century, of vast amounts of copper ore at nearby Mynydd Parys. As well as copper mining and smelting, the volume describes ancillary industries such as shipbuilding, chemicals, brewing, tobacco and colorants.

Art, Photography, Fiction & Poetry

Môntage - Writings from a Welsh Island - 2013
An excellent collection of essays, short stories and poetry from and about the Isle of Anglesey.

Turner - Karl Drinkwater, 2012
This is a horror novel based on a fictional small island off the coast of Anglesey. The island seems the ideal place for four unconnected individuals to seek refuge from their own demons and to escape from the rat race. However, on Ynys Diawl they face a night of horror and madness. If they don't work together none of them will see the light of day. Warning - according to reviewers this book can be somewhat gory.

The Ebb & Flow - David Edwards, 2012
A historical novel set in Georgian Anglesey, "a sweeping saga of power and corruption, friendship and loyalty, love and hate". It follows the story of local man Owen Tudor who is caught up in the bitter rivalry between Sir Littleton-Jones and Earl Lloyd-Williams, his loyalties divided between them and his fellow Anglesey people.

Every Picture Tells a Story of Holy Island - Gareth Rowlands & Julie Roberts, 2013
A watercolour-illustrated journey around Holy Island, discussing the maritime history and memories of Holyhead Port. Available from the Holyhead Maritime Museum, the Oriel Ynys Mon shop, and other local outlets.

The Weeping Sands - John Wheatley, 2011
A historical novel set in three time periods, the 1600s, 1800s and modern times. It revolves around the Bulkeley's Baron Hill estate near Beaumaris.

A Golden Mist - John Wheatley, 2010
An account of the sinking of the Royal Charter off the coast of Moelfre in 1859. It includes fictional accounts from the viewpoints of a passenger and a Moelfre resident, plus the modern story of a South African woman with Moelfre ancestors who returns there and discovers the history of the wreck.

A Fleeting Visit - Gareth Rowlands, 2010
A fact based historical novel about the connection between the American Civil War and Anglesey, in particular, Holyhead. Available in the Holyhead area from the Maritime Museum, the Ucheldre Centre and local newsagents, as well as the author, ogrowlands@yahoo.co.uk. Proceeds go to the Maritime Museum

Nant Gwrtheyrn: The Enchantment - Y Swyngyfaredd - Glyn Davies, 2009.
Latest book of landscape photography by local photographer Glyn Davies. Copies are also available from his shop in Menai Bridge, as well as his web site.

Anglesey Landscapes - Tirluniau Môn - Glyn Davies, 2007.
A collection of some of the best and most dramatic images of the Anglesey landscape, by local photographer Glyn Davies.

Anglesey Landscapes, Part 2- Tirluniau Môn - Glyn Davies, 2008.
A collection of some of the best and most dramatic images of the Anglesey landscape, by local photographer Glyn Davies.

All Around Anglesey - Terry Beggs, 2007.
Another new book of photographs of Anglesey, focusing on the coastal path, by a co-author of The Menai Strait, listed above.

An Anglesey Anthology - Dewi Roberts, 1999.
This books draws together various poems and prose extracts about the island.

Home of the Wind (Anglesey Poems) - Deirdre Smith, 1998

Oriel Ynys Mon (Anglesey Art Gallery)

Myths and Legends

Paranormal Anglesey - Bunty Austin, 2013
More tales of the spooky sort from Bunty Austin. It includes recollections by local residents of unexplained events on the island. It includes tales of a murder at Parys Mountain mine, the haunting of the old Min-y-Don hotel in Red Wharf Bay, and much more.

More Anglesey Ghosts - Bunty Austin, 2011
This is the latest volume of tales of the paranormal by the Anglesey based author. I'm not a believer in ghosts but I enjoyed reading this. She takes the kernel of a story of a spooky experience, as related to her by local people, and expands it with local and historical knowledge. She writes of the Roman legionary at Din Lligwy, the many ghosts of Tre-Ysgawen Hall, and Old Jessie of Parco. This is well worth a read.

Anglesey Ghosts - Bunty Austin, 2009.
A collection of ghost stories from Anglesey.

Haunted Anglesey - Bunty Austin, 2005.
A collection of ghost stories from Anglesey.

The Mabinogion - Anonymous, trans. Jeffery Gantz, 1976
The classic collection of Welsh legends, in one of the most popular translations. Includes the tale of Branwen.

Archaeology/Historic places

A Corridor Through Time: The Archaeology of the A55 Anglesey Road Scheme - Richard Cuttler, Andrew Davidson & Gwilym Hughes, 2011
This presents the results of archaeological investigations undertaken prior to the construction of the A55, a dual-carriageway which extended the North Wales Expressway to Holyhead. This detailed examination of a 32km corridor across Anglesey provided a rare and significant opportunity to delve into one of the richest archaeological landscapes in Britain.

The Buildings of Wales: Gwynedd - Richard Haslam, Julian Orbach & Adam Voelcker, 2009.
One of Pevsner Architectural Guides, this 800 page book, with 120 illustrations, describes buildings of historic and architectural interest throughout the historic counties of Anglesey, Caernarfon and Merioneth.

Windmills of Anglesey - Barry Guise, George Lees, 2010.
Excellent and comprehensive discussion of the old windmills around Anglesey, with lots of photographs and a narrative of the reconstruction of Llynnon Mill. Used copies of the earlier 1992 edition are also available.

Anglesey Churches - Geraint Jones, 2006

Gwynedd: A Guide to Ancient and Historical Wales - Frances Lynch, 1995
A guidebook to ancient and medieval sites on Anglesey and the rest of northwest Wales. Written by one of the prominent archaeologists in the area, it describes places ranging from Neolithic burial chambers and Iron Age hill forts to medieval churches and castles and gives directions on how to find them.

Mynydd Parys - Gwyn Makin & Steve Parry, 1990

Trefignath and Din Dryfol: The Excavation of Two Megalithic Tombs in Anglesey - C.A. Smith, F.M. Lynch, 1987

Natural History

The Rocks of Anglesey's Coast - Jack E. Treagus and Susan H. Treagus, 2013
This book describes the geology around the coast of Anglesey, highlighting 25 excursions of different complexity and easy access. For each, the colourful rocks and their features are clearly explained and illustrated.

Sea Fishing Venues In Wales - Anglesey - James P Hindley, 2012
Full descriptions of 28 sea fishing venues around the coast of Anglesey.

Anglesey Sea Zoo - David Lea-Wilson, 1986

Birds of Anglesey (Adar Mon) - Peter Hope Jones and Paul Whalley, 2004.
A comprehensive description of the bird life on Anglesey, in both Welsh and English.

Cefni Salt Marsh, Anglesey, and Its Recent Development - John R. Packham, M.J. Liddle, 1980

County of Anglesey : Soils and Agriculture - E. Roberts

The Flowering Plants and Ferns of Anglesey - R.H. Roberts, 1982.

Geologists' Association Guides: No.40: Anglesey - D.E.B. Bates, J.B. Davies, 1981
Gives an overview of the complex geology of Anglesey, then describes ten excursions to areas where these features can be seen.

New Natural History of Anglesey - W.Eifion- Jones, 1991
A collection of essays on the birds, plants, insects, geology, etc. of the island, each authored by a local expert.

Rivers of Wales - D. Dudley Williams & Catherine Duigan, 2009.
A collection of chapters by leading scientists about rivers from all around Wales, including Anglesey. See web site.

Walks/Sightseeing

Llwybr Arfordirol Môn/The Anglesey Coastal Path - Steven Jones, 2010
Twenty one walks around the island, illustrated by the paintings of the author.

Anglesey Best Walks - Osian Pennant Hughes, 2012
Descriptions of walks around the island, including maps, photos and heritage notes.

Walking the Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path - Official Guide: 200km/125 Miles of Superb Coastal Walking - Carl Rogers, 2010.
This Official Guide has been designed to provide all the information needed to plan and walk the coastal path and includes: Information on accommodation, public transport, seasonal closures and tidal restrictions. Twelve day-walk chapter sections with detailed route descriptions and full Ordnance Survey mapping.

All Terrain Pushcahir Walks: Anglesey and Lleyn - Zoe Sayer, 2006
This book contains 30 tried-and-tested routes, all ATP-friendly, around the unspoilt beauty of this popular North Wales region.

Anglesey (Birds, Boots and Butties) - Ruth Miller, 2009
A walking and birdwatching guide to Anglesey

Anglesey Coast Walks - Cecil Davies, 1998

Anglesey Rambles: A Bedside Traveller - Ian Skidmore, Celia Skidmore, 1991
A "personal ramble" round some of their favourite places by the well known local writers & broadcasters. Gives lots of interesting historical background to sites around the island.

Circular Walks on Anglesey - Dorothy Hamilton, 1998
Subtitled "Walks with History", this book describes a number of walks of varying length, with notes about the historical importance of sights along the way.

Coastal Walks Around Anglesey: Twenty Two Circular Walks Exploring the Isle of Anglesey AONB - Carl Rogers, 2008

Family Walks on the Isle of Anglesey - Laurence Main, 1993

Gwynedd - Anglesey - M. Hitches, 1992

Holiday Cycling Around Anglesey and Caernarfon - Lyn Goodkin, et al, 1995

North Wales Walks on the Level: Snowdonia and Anglesey - Norman Buckley, 2001.
A guide geared towards gentle walking rather than more strenuous climbing.

Snowdonia, Anglesey and the Lleyn Peninsula Walks - Ordnance Survey, Conduit

The Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path - Carl Rogers, 2006

Walks Around Anglesey: Ynys Mon - David Berry, 2009

Walking the Anglesey Coast - Jan Harris, et al, 1991

Walking the Anglesey Coast: a 150-mile Circular Route: Bilingual Edition: Welsh / English - Jan Harris, et al, 1991

Walking Anglesey's Shoreline (Walks with History) - Dafydd Meirion, 2008

Transportation

Anglesey Railways Through Time - Mike Hitches, 2014
Prolific railway author Mike Hitches turns his attentions to the Anglesey railways. In a similar format to my Anglesey Through Time book above, he illustrates the various bridges and stations with old and modern photographs, along with numerous pictures of the various classes of trains that crossed the island. It also includes a sizeable section on the ships that carried passengers between Holyhead and Dublin.

Anglesey and Lleyn Shipwrecks - Ian Skidmore, 1979

Anglesey Railways - Geraint Jones, 2005.
Describes the development of the railway lines, their history, their subsequent decline, and what remains of them.

Conway and the Menai Ferries - Henry Rees Davies, 1942

Cruising Anglesey and Adjoining Waters - Ralph Morris, 2012
A guide to cruising the seas around Anglesey and from Porthmadog to Liverpool.

Cruising Guide to Anglesey and Menai Strait - R. Kemp, 1979

Fferiau i Fon : Ferries to Anglesey - Thomas Meirion Hughes, 1996
A history of the ferries across the Menai Strait, from the earliest days to the last journey in 1954.

Holyhead-Dun Laoghaire - Car Ferry to HSS - Miles Cowsill, 1996

Anglesey Branch Lines Amlwch & Red Wharf Bay: 21: Scenes from the Past, Railways of North Wales, 2nd edition- W.G. Rear, 2012

Shipwrecks Around Anglesey - Tom Bennett

Ships and Seamen of Anglesey 1558-1918 - Studies in Maritime and Local History - Aled Eames, 2011

Biography

Across the Straits - Kyffin Williams, 1974 (reprinted 1993)
An interesting autobiography by the well known Anglesey-based painter, Sir Kyffin Williams RSA.

A Wider Sky - Kyffin Williams, 1991
The second volume of Sir Kyffin's autobiography. This covers his travels around the world, concluding with his return to Anglesey.

The Rhosneigr Romanticist: W.D.Owen and the Stories of Elin Cadwaladr and Madam Wen - W.D. Owen, 2009.
This is a biography of local author W.D. Owen, together with English translations and reviews of his works. His two romantic stories are based on Anglesey. Madam Wen is about the legendary Anglesey highway-woman whose exploits both thrilled and terrorised the inhabitants of the 'Lakes' area north west of Rhosneigr. Elin Cadwaladr is an earlier romance, also principally set around Rhosneigr and the parish of Llanfaelog, which Owen parodies as 'Bryn Siriol'. Within the growing popularity of the new holiday village he weaves a tale amongst petty parochialism, national politics and the relentlessness of tuberculosis, from which he himself eventually died.

One Leg : The Life and Letters of Henry William Paget : First Marquess of Anglesey 1768-1854 - Marquess of Anglesey, 1996
The story of the one of the most prominent landowners on Anglesey, owner of Plas Newydd and second in command to Wellington at the Battle of Waterloo. Written by his great-great-grandson, the current Marquess.

Diary of a Privilege: Anglesey Housewife's Story of Her Battle Against Cancer - Joan Stockdale, 1986

Wandering Orphan: From Hardship in an Anglesey Village to Success in the Big City - A Rags to Riches Autobiography Spanning 75 Years - Grace Jones, Mike Brown, 1995

The Copper King: Thomas Williams of Llanidan - J.R. Harris, 2003.
This is the story of Thomas Williams, one of the leading 18th-century industrialists, who established a Welsh monopoly on the world supply of copper metal from Parys Mountain.

The Stanleys of Alderley,1927-2001: A Politically Incorrect Story - Thomas, the 8th Lord Stanley of Alderley, 2004.

Maps/Geography

Enwau Lleoedd Mon : Place Names of Anglesey - Gwilym T. Jones, Tomos Roberts, 1996
Describes the derivation and origin of the names of many villages, rivers, coastal areas, etc. Includes many items of historical interest.

Street Atlas Anglesey, Conwy, and Gwynedd - Philip's Street Atlases, 2010.
Detailed atlas of the three counties, listing and indexing all streets, roads and major public buildings.

Snowdonia and Anglesey Tourist Map

Landranger maps (1:50,000)

A single topographic map covering the whole island.

Map 0114: Anglesey - Ordnance Survey, 2009

or choose the weather-proofed Active version; ideal for walkers:

Map 0114 Active: Anglesey - Ordnance Survey, 2009

Explorer Maps (1:25,000)

A series of two maps, more detailed than the above, covering the whole island.

Map 0262: Anglesey West - Ordnance Survey, 2005

Map 0263: Anglesey East - Ordnance Survey, 2005

or choose the weather-proofed Active versions; ideal for walkers:

Map 0262 Active: Anglesey West - Ordnance Survey, 2006

Map 0263 Active: Anglesey East - Ordnance Survey, 2006

Cassini Historical Maps

Historical Ordnance Survey maps reproduced in the same format as the modern Landranger maps. Excellent for exploring the historical landscape of the island

Anglesey 1839-1841

Anglesey 1903-1910

Anglesey 1922

Set of all three maps


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