Books about Anglesey



Anglesey in 50 Buildings

A-Z of the Isle of Anglesey - Warren Kovach, 2020
"A-Z of the Isle of Anglesey" is a new book by the author of this web site, Anglesey-History.co.uk. It picks out the places and people that make Anglesey special in 26 chapters, ranging from people like Christmas Evans and Kyffin Williams, to topics such as lighthouses, nature reserves and industry.

Anglesey in 50 Buildings

Anglesey in 50 Buildings - Warren Kovach, 2017
"Anglesey in 50 Buildings" explores the history of the island through 50 of its most iconic buildings.It is well illustrated by the author with photographs of all the buildings.

Anglesey Through TimeAnglesey Through Time - Warren Kovach, 2013
"Anglesey Through Time" 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.

Walking GuideA Walking Guide to the Menai Strait Bridges - Bob Daimond and Warren Kovach, 2015
This book describes a self-guided tour of the historic bridges over the Menai Straits, Thomas Telford’s Menai Suspension Bridge and Robert Stephenson’s Britannia Bridge. The guide points out features of interest and explains their history and their engineering and social significance. It is richly illustrated with historical images from the Menai Heritage archives as well as modern photos showing the main points of interest. Available from the Menai Heritage online shop.

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The Rise of Benllech as a Seaside Village - Emyr Roberts, 2020
Benllech, in Anglesey, Wales, was a ‘poor straggling village’ with a few small cottages by the beach for most of the 1800s. Yet, by the turn of the century, it had become a fashionable seaside resort. While the First World War impacted greatly on the community, its popularity continued to increase afterwards as more people arrived by train, car and bus. This book charts the rise of Benllech during the golden era of British seaside holidays up until the Second World War. It describes the community in the nineteenth century, its ‘discovery’ by curious travellers, and its subsequent growth. This is a fascinating account of the development of a seaside village and is illustrated with many photographs from the period.

A Prism for his Times: Late-Tudor Anglesey & Hugh Hughes of Plas Coch - Robin Grove-White, 2020
Through the life and career of Hugh Hughes of Plas Coch, a previously-unknown Anglesey landowner-lawyer, fresh light is thrown on the island’s evolution and governance across the late-Tudor period, a time of turbulence and opportunity – of the first Welsh-language Bible, the Spanish Armada and William Shakespeare. How were the island’s MPs chosen in Tudor times? How were the Welsh and the English getting on? Who looked after the poor in north Wales? Who enforced the law in Elizabethan Anglesey? This study uses one man’s life to reconsider some settled assumptions, with echoes for present-day discussions of Welsh identity. The book can also be purchased from the Anglesey Antiquarian Society's website.

Bro Goronwy - Hanes Plwyf Llanfairmathafarneithaf 1870-1914 - Emyr Robert, 2020
Yn ystod y bedwaredd ganrif ar bymtheg plwyf anial a thlawd oedd Llanfairmathafarneithaf, ar ochr ddwyreiniol Sir Fôn - yn ddibynnol ar amaethyddiaeth ac 'yn bell o bobman o bwys'. Ac eto, roedd yma gymuned Gymraeg werinol, ddiwyd a diwylliedig, ac roedd y capeli ar eu hanterth. Erbyn dechrau'r ganrif newydd, roedd traeth y Benllech yn denu ymwelwyr yn eu miloedd. Roedd yno ysgol lewyrchus, tai crand, gorsaf reilffordd a dau gapel yn y steil mwyaf diweddar. Cynhaliwyd dadleuon, cyngherddau ac eisteddfodau nodedig yno, ac roedd yr ardal yn brysur drawsnewid o'r hen ffordd o fyw i'r byd newydd, modern. Mae'r llyfr hwn yn dilyn datblygiad Llanfairmathafarneithaf yn ystod yr 'Oes Aur' honno, cyn cyflafan y Rhyfel Byd Cyntaf.

Revivals in Anglesey - Iolo Wyn Griffiths, 2020
Wales has often been referred to as a Land of Revivals, and Anglesey is no exception. This book traces the history and impacts of the series of revivals that touched Anglesey from the 18th century to the most recent one, which was in 1905. Some of these revivals were local, touching individual villages and their vicinity, while others were part of a more widespread move of God.

The Anglesey Murders: What Happened to Rachel? - Conrad Jones, 2020
A gritty and atmospheric thriller with more twists and turns than a hangman's knot. Rachel Evans, a selfie queen and social media superstar went to school and never came home. DI Alan Williams and his team launch a desperate investigation to find her. As the country is plunged into lockdown, the price of narcotics skyrockets, causing friction between rival dealers. As the bodycount rises, the investigation focuses on several teenagers, who are victims of Criminal Exploitation, used by organised crime families to sell drugs in rural areas. Was Rachel involved or was her disappearance linked to something much darker.

BookMenai Suspension Bridge – The First 200 Years - Bob Daimond, 2019
This world famous bridge was a marvel of its age, by far the largest suspension bridge yet built, celebrated as a thing of beauty as well as a triumph of engineering. The full story of the bridge is told in this book. It takes you from the formation of the strait 5,200 years ago, through early designs for a bridge, to the Parliamentary struggles to get approval for construction. Details of how the challenges posed during construction were overcome, and the way the masonry and ironwork work together to span the Strait, are discussed, and the use and refurbishment of the bridge through the centuries are highlighted. Available from the Menai Heritage online shop.

Secret Anglesey - Geraint Wyn Hughes, 2019
Reveals the often hidden history of Anglesey, exploring the less well-known episodes and characters in the story of the island through the centuries. With tales of often tucked away places and unusual characters, fully illustrated with photography, the book will appeal to all those with an interest in the history of this island in northwest Wales.

Crossing the Menai Strait - Iolo Wyn Griffiths, 2019
The story of the ferries and bridges linking Anglesey and the Welsh mainland. Crossing the Menai Strait, a narrow arm of sea, little wider than a large river, had for centuries carried some special hazards. This present book traces the history of the ferries, a vital link in the communications route, with a wider importance in linking London and Ireland, which were later replaced by two great bridges, and the challenges faced by these in turn.

The Anglesey Murders: Unholy Island - Conrad Jones, 2019
DI Alan Williams is called to the recovery of two bodies from the sea at Trearddur Bay, during a storm. The lifeboat crew suspect they're fishermen, washed away by a wave but they’re wrong. Alan and his detective sergeant, Kim Davies, realise the men were beaten and tied together before they entered the water. Two miles along the headland at Porth Dafarch, a third victim is found but there are no obvious links. As the number of victims increases, a major investigation team battles to unravel a deadly puzzle which, appears to have links to a series of historic murders from the 90’s.

The Anglesey Murders: A Visit from the Devil - Conrad Jones, 2019
DI Alan Williams is faced with the most brutal murder scene he's witnessed; the ritual killing of an elderly widow. Evidence at the scene indicates that the murderer is close and the investigation runs at breakneck speed in the hunt to stop them from striking again. Meanwhile, the busy port of Holyhead is being used by unscrupulous traffickers, who are embroiled in a violent turf war. With resources stretched, DI Williams is facing a case that could break him.

The Anglesey Murders: Dark Angel - Conrad Jones, 2019
Find out what happens to Fabienne Wilder and the niners following, Deliver us from Evil and A Visit from the Devil and A Child for the Devil. An author's life is destroyed by an insidious cult, who have framed him for murder and tried to kill him. Forced to go on the run, hunted by the police and the cult members, he has no choice but to stay beneath the radar and try to find their leader, the evil Fabienne Wilder. The story is tense and dark and hurtles towards the electrifying finale at a hundred miles an hour. Set in Snowdonia and Anglesey, the settings are familiar, beautiful and remote. A must read for lovers of The Anglesey Murders series.

Countryside Dog Walks: Anglesey & The Lleyn Peninsula - Seddon Neudorfer, 2019
This attractive and cleverly structured guidebook gives dog walkers access to 20 of the finest walks in the stunningly beautiful Anglesey & Lleyn Peninsula countryside. With clear information, an introduction for each walk, and simple,easy-to-read maps, this beautiful book will appeal to all who want toventure out into the countryside with their dogs, locals and visitors alike. The walks in the book are for all levels of fitness and abilities. From short walks to the more challenging hill walks. Having no stiles ensures a hassle free walk for both dog and owner.

Dog Friendly Pub Walks: Anglesey & The Lleyn Peninsula - Seddon Neudorfer, 2019
This is the only book of its kind. It is packed with stunning photography and is beautifully designed. With humour and specific information about the pubs along each walk, this book will appeal to those planning their holidays or planning a day trip. The simplicity of the guides and mapscaters for all and will appeal to anyone living in, or intending to visit the Anglesey and Lleyn Peninsula region. Attractive and cleverly structured, this guidebook gives dog walkers access to 15 pubs and 15 great walks in the Anglesey & Lleyn Peninsula area. With clear information, an introduction for each walk, and simple, easy-to read maps. This beautiful book will appeal to all who want to venture out into the countryside with their dogs. The walks have no stiles ensuring a hassle free walk for both dog and owner.

Anglesey Flowering Plants and their Habitats - Gareth Rowlands, 2018
This unique book features 183 superb colour photographs and a clear, user friendly text describing the coastal and inland habitats of the island and plants typically found there. Also included is a description of the adaptations of plants to their habitats together with an explanation of the principles of classification and flowering plant reproduction. For selected plants reference is made to the origin of the Latin or common name and any culinary or medicinal uses. Fascinating and informative, the guide is an invaluable aid to the enthusiast in the identification of selected wild flowers and their various habitats on the island of Anglesey.

A Pocket Guide To Anglesey Coastal Flowering Plants - Gareth Rowlands, 2018
This pocket guide will help you explore the beautiful coastline of Anglesey - the island's wild flowers found in a variety of habitats, from cliffs and heathland, sand dunes and shingle beaches to mud flats and salt marshes. Organised according to plant families with selected flowering plants allocated a single page with a brief description of characteristics such as leaf arrangement and flower anatomy. Also included are descriptions of medicinal and culinary uses together with any other interesting information. In addition to Latin names, Welsh and English common names of plants are included. This handy pocket size book will act as an invaluable accessory to plant identification which is no easy task and only comes with practise and experience.

Anglesey: Myths, Legends and Other Tales - Ifor Jackson, 2018
This book is just what the title says. You will find quite a miscellany in these pages, including excursions into local history. Anglesey has many tales to tell, tales from the distant past and the Mabinogion, stories of saints in the dark ages, nineteenth century ghosts, witches, a dragon and dark deeds all find a place; even Jack the Ripper makes an appearance.

History of Amlwch - Iolo Wyn Griffiths, 2018
The history of the town of Amlwch in northern Anglesey, which in the wake of the discovery of large deposits of copper on Parys Mountain in the 1760s, became a flourishing industrial centre and a busy port, with the associated prosperity and social problems. The cultural, religious and educational life is also covered.

A Cycling Tour of Anglesey: A staged approach to touring the island, either using the main road or by following the tranquil perimeter lanes - Dave Peart, 2018
The island of Anglesey is the perfect size for cycle-touring and offers the choice of both a shorter and faster route around the main routes or a longer and more scenic tour around the perimeter lanes. The shortest main-road circuit of the island measures 102km; whereas a much longer figure-of-eight route along back roads and gravel tracks measures 310km. This book divides the island into five perimeter stages and four island-crossing stages, enabling you to pick and mix a route accordingly from the options of main roads, back roads and gravel tracks. All the notable hills are detailed within each stage and practical information is included such as nearby train stations, bike shops, hotels, pubs and cafés. Detailed route maps are included and all the routes are available for free-download for navigation purposes.

Anglesey Cycle Routes: A collection of 30 stunning routes from 25-100km - Dave Peart, 2018
Anglesey offers fantastic cycling over a diverse range of terrain, ranging from remote rural landscapes to stunning coastal views. Some parts of the island are fairly flat, whilst others hosts some of the steepest climbs in the UK.The routes in this book start from six different locations around the island, namely: Benllech, Beaumaris, Newborough, Rhosneigr, Trearddur Bay and Cemaes Bay. Each location has four local routes of 25, 30, 40 and 50km, and each location is included twice in a series of six longer routes (80-100km), thus providing a total choice of six routes for each location.Detailed stage maps are included and all the routes are available to download for navigation purposes. Practical information is also included such as nearby train stations, bike shops and cafés.

BookThe Piers and Piermasters of Menai Bridge - Julie Stone, 2017
Located on the shores of the Menai Strait, Menai Bridge town (also known as Porthaethwy) has always had a close connection with the sea. Before the Menai Suspension Bridge was opened in 1826 it was the landing place of one of several ferries across the Strait. Afterwards, as the town grew, increasing numbers of ships began landing, first carrying imported goods, then growing numbers of tourists. The book The Piers and Piermasters of Menai Bridge tells the story of the development of the pier. Available from the Menai Heritage online shop.

Rhosyr: Its History and Topography in the Age of the Welsh Princes - Mary Aris, 2017
This book is about a medieval settlement that disappeared. Rhosyr existed many centuries before the foundation of Newborough in the south-eastern sector of Anglesey. It was a place of great importance, a royal township, hosting one of the major courts of the Welsh Princess of Gwynedd. Yet in little more than a century after Newborough was established, this settlement had decayed and vanished leaving no trace.

History of Holyhead - Iolo Wyn Griffiths, 2017
The story of the town of Holyhead in Anglesey, from its origins as a 6th century monastic settlement, to a small port and fishing village. Its importance and growth as a port and town owed much to its strategic position on the route between Dublin and London. The town is now a port of call for cruise liners, and surrounding areas merit exploration.

My Anglesey Notebook - Ifor Jackson, 2017
A look at some of the places and people of the Isle of Anglesey. History, geography and some humour. The author also looks at some of the place names.



Isle of Anglesey - Top 10 Walks: Circular walks along the Wales Coast Path (Top 10 Walks: Wales Coast Path) - Carl Rogers, 2018
With clear information, an overview and introduction for each walk, expertly written numbered directions, enhanced OS mapping, eye-grabbing panoramic photographs, and interpretation of points of interest along the way, these guides set a new standard in reliability, clarity and ease of use. Featured walks include Ynys Llanddwyn, Aberffraw, Rhoscolyn, Holyhead Mountain & South Stack, Carmel Head, Cemlyn, Cemaes Bay, Point Lynas, Moelfre and Red Wharf Bay.

The Gentry of North Wales in the Later Middle Ages - A. D. Carr, 2017
This is a study of the landed gentry of north Wales from the Edwardian conquest in the thirteenth century to the incorporation of Wales in the Tudor state in the sixteenth. This book describes the development of the gentry in one part of Wales from an earlier social structure and an earlier pattern of land tenure, and how the gentry came to rule their localities. 

Strait Stories - Margaret Hughes & J.C. Davies, 2017
Menai Straits Explored - from Caernarfon to Beaumaris explores the narrow strip of water which divides Anglesey (Ynys Môn) from mainland Wales. Although it is only twenty kilometres long, it boasts beautiful scenery, many colourful characters and events of interest.


Man of Iron: Thomas Telford and the Building of Britain - Julian Glover, 2017
An excellent biography of Thomas Telford, builder of the Menai Suspension Bridge and the London-Holyhead road road across Anglesey, as well as numerous pioneering works around Britain.


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



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A-z of the Isle of Anglesey

A-Z of the Isle of Anglesey - Warren Kovach, 2020
""A-Z of the Isle of Anglesey" is a new book by the author of this web site, Anglesey-History.co.uk. It picks out the places and people that make Anglesey special in 26 chapters, ranging from people like Christmas Evans and Kyffin Williams, to topics such as lighthouses, nature reserves and industry

 

 

Anglesey in 50 Buildings

Anglesey in 50 Buildings - Warren Kovach, 2017
"Anglesey in 50 Buildings" explores the history of the island through 50 of its most iconic buildings.It is well illustrated by the author with photographs of all the buildings.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Walking GuideA Walking Guide to the Menai Strait Bridges - Bob Daimond and Warren Kovach, 2015.
Describes a self-guided tour of the historic bridges over the Menai Straits, Thomas Telford’s Menai Suspension Bridge and Robert Stephenson’s Britannia Bridge. The guide points out features of interest and explains their history and their engineering and social significance. It is richly illustrated with historical images from the Menai Heritage archives as well as modern photos showing the main points of interest. Available from the Menai Heritage online shop.

 

 

The Rise of Benllech as a Seaside Village - Emyr Roberts, 2020
Benllech, in Anglesey, Wales, was a ‘poor straggling village’ with a few small cottages by the beach for most of the 1800s. Yet, by the turn of the century, it had become a fashionable seaside resort. While the First World War impacted greatly on the community, its popularity continued to increase afterwards as more people arrived by train, car and bus. This book charts the rise of Benllech during the golden era of British seaside holidays up until the Second World War. It describes the community in the nineteenth century, its ‘discovery’ by curious travellers, and its subsequent growth. This is a fascinating account of the development of a seaside village and is illustrated with many photographs from the period.

A Prism for his Times: Late-Tudor Anglesey & Hugh Hughes of Plas Coch - Robin Grove-White, 2020
Through the life and career of Hugh Hughes of Plas Coch, a previously-unknown Anglesey landowner-lawyer, fresh light is thrown on the island’s evolution and governance across the late-Tudor period, a time of turbulence and opportunity – of the first Welsh-language Bible, the Spanish Armada and William Shakespeare. How were the island’s MPs chosen in Tudor times? How were the Welsh and the English getting on? Who looked after the poor in north Wales? Who enforced the law in Elizabethan Anglesey? This study uses one man’s life to reconsider some settled assumptions, with echoes for present-day discussions of Welsh identity. The book can also be purchased from the Anglesey Antiquarian Society's website.

Bro Goronwy - Hanes Plwyf Llanfairmathafarneithaf 1870-1914 - Emyr Robert, 2020
Yn ystod y bedwaredd ganrif ar bymtheg plwyf anial a thlawd oedd Llanfairmathafarneithaf, ar ochr ddwyreiniol Sir Fôn - yn ddibynnol ar amaethyddiaeth ac 'yn bell o bobman o bwys'. Ac eto, roedd yma gymuned Gymraeg werinol, ddiwyd a diwylliedig, ac roedd y capeli ar eu hanterth. Erbyn dechrau'r ganrif newydd, roedd traeth y Benllech yn denu ymwelwyr yn eu miloedd. Roedd yno ysgol lewyrchus, tai crand, gorsaf reilffordd a dau gapel yn y steil mwyaf diweddar. Cynhaliwyd dadleuon, cyngherddau ac eisteddfodau nodedig yno, ac roedd yr ardal yn brysur drawsnewid o'r hen ffordd o fyw i'r byd newydd, modern. Mae'r llyfr hwn yn dilyn datblygiad Llanfairmathafarneithaf yn ystod yr 'Oes Aur' honno, cyn cyflafan y Rhyfel Byd Cyntaf.

Revivals in Anglesey - Iolo Wyn Griffiths, 2020
Wales has often been referred to as a Land of Revivals, and Anglesey is no exception. This book traces the history and impacts of the series of revivals that touched Anglesey from the 18th century to the most recent one, which was in 1905. Some of these revivals were local, touching individual villages and their vicinity, while others were part of a more widespread move of God.

Secret Anglesey - Geraint Wyn Hughes, 2019
Reveals the often hidden history of Anglesey, exploring the less well-known episodes and characters in the story of the island through the centuries. With tales of often tucked away places and unusual characters, fully illustrated with photography, the book will appeal to all those with an interest in the history of this island in northwest Wales.

Crossing the Menai Strait - Iolo Wyn Griffiths, 2019
The story of the ferries and bridges linking Anglesey and the Welsh mainland. Crossing the Menai Strait, a narrow arm of sea, little wider than a large river, had for centuries carried some special hazards. This present book traces the history of the ferries, a vital link in the communications route, with a wider importance in linking London and Ireland, which were later replaced by two great bridges, and the challenges faced by these in turn.

History of Amlwch - Iolo Wyn Griffiths, 2018
The history of the town of Amlwch in northern Anglesey, which in the wake of the discovery of large deposits of copper on Parys Mountain in the 1760s, became a flourishing industrial centre and a busy port, with the associated prosperity and social problems. The cultural, religious and educational life is also covered.

BookThe Piers and Piermasters of Menai Bridge - Julie Stone, 2017
Located on the shores of the Menai Strait, Menai Bridge town (also known as Porthaethwy) has always had a close connection with the sea. Before the Menai Suspension Bridge was opened in 1826 it was the landing place of one of several ferries across the Strait. Afterwards, as the town grew, increasing numbers of ships began landing, first carrying imported goods, then growing numbers of tourists. The book The Piers and Piermasters of Menai Bridge tells the story of the development of the pier. Available from the Menai Heritage online shop.

Rhosyr: Its History and Topography in the Age of the Welsh Princes - Mary Aris, 2017
This book is about a medieval settlement that disappeared. Rhosyr existed many centuries before the foundation of Newborough in the south-eastern sector of Anglesey. It was a place of great importance, a royal township, hosting one of the major courts of the Welsh Princess of Gwynedd. Yet in little more than a century after Newborough was established, this settlement had decayed and vanished leaving no trace.

History of Holyhead - Iolo Wyn Griffiths, 2017
The story of the town of Holyhead in Anglesey, from its origins as a 6th century monastic settlement, to a small port and fishing village. Its importance and growth as a port and town owed much to its strategic position on the route between Dublin and London. The town is now a port of call for cruise liners, and surrounding areas merit exploration.

My Anglesey Notebook - Ifor Jackson, 2017
A look at some of the places and people of the Isle of Anglesey. History, geography and some humour. The author also looks at some of the place names.



The Gentry of North Wales in the Later Middle Ages - A. D. Carr, 2017
This is a study of the landed gentry of north Wales from the Edwardian conquest in the thirteenth century to the incorporation of Wales in the Tudor state in the sixteenth. This book describes the development of the gentry in one part of Wales from an earlier social structure and an earlier pattern of land tenure, and how the gentry came to rule their localities. 

Strait Stories - Margaret Hughes & J.C. Davies, 2017
Menai Straits Explored - from Caernarfon to Beaumaris explores the narrow strip of water which divides Anglesey (Ynys Môn) from mainland Wales. Although it is only twenty kilometres long, it boasts beautiful scenery, many colourful characters and events of interest.



A History of Beaumaris – Iolo Wyn Griffiths, 2016
The history of the town of Beaumaris in Anglesey from its origins as an English settlement and castle. As the county town for Anglesey it was a great centre for justice, administration, education and of society in general, as well as an important sea port. Nowadays it is a small tourist resort but has a rich and varied history

Anglesey Towns and Villages - Geraint Jones & Gwenllian Jones Rowlinson, 2015
Illustrated by both modern and archive photographs, Anglesey Towns & Villages explores the fascinating development of the island's many settlements. Discussing aspects such as education, religion, notable figures and places, this is a must for anyone who knows and loves this island.


Anglesey's Islands - Margaret Hughes, 2015
A well-photographed, entertaining volume tracing fascinating details about various islands off the shore of Anglesey over the centuries. Here are stories about Celtic saints and churches, shipwrecks, lighthouses and lifeboats, pig drovers and fishermen, bridge builders and bird watchers.


The A-Z of Anglesey - Margaret Hughes, 2015
A highly readable collection of 26 chapters, each dealing with a particular aspect of life on Anglesey, past and present, the colourful personalities, interesting places and formative historical events. 26 black-and-white photographs.


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Menai Bridge – A Pictorial History - John Cowell, 2014
The latest in John Cowell’s series of pictorial local histories, this book focuses on Menai Bridge town. It deals with the growth of the town following the construction of Telford’s bridge and its rise as a popular tourist attraction, ending with later developments that completely altered the physical appearance of the town. Available from the Menai Heritage online shop.

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.

Anglesey Villages - Margaret Hughes, 2013
An interesting compendium of facts, legends, events and people from various villages around Anglesey.



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.



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.

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.

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.

Anglesey: A Megalithic Journey - Neil McDonald, 2010.
The extraordinary wealth of ancient and historical sites on the Welsh island of Anglesey represents a microcosm of British history, from the deep Neolithic past to the Roman occupation, through the rise of the Welsh princes to the heyday of the Victorian resort of Beaumaris. It was on Anglesey that the ancient Druids took their last stand against the Roman invaders. Neil McDonald is an expert on the mythic and historical geography of Anglesey. In this fascinating book, he explores the island's heritage and countryside, providing vivid descriptions and rich historical backgrounds for its landmarks and culture. Anglesey, A Megalithic Journey combines clear writing with excellent historical understanding, the perfect guide to your own tour of the island.

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.



Anglesey Lighthouses and Lifeboats - Margaret Hughes, 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.



Anglesey: the Island's Story - Michael Senior, 2007
A short but good tour through the high points of the island's history, from prehistoric to modern times.



Môn Mam Cymru/The Guide to Anglesey - Philip Steele & Robert Williams, 2006.
The third edition of this English-language guidebook to Anglesey - the only one of its kind. 264 pages and more than three hundred full-colour illustrations. A fold-out map is included. There are three parts to the book - an introduction sets the scene, a detailed gazetteer covers every part of the island, and a directory section presents a classified listing of things to do and places to see. There are many inset features, including a series of profiles of the island's notable people and its natural history. Three longer articles summarise Anglesey's seafaring history, its architecture and its cultural heritage.

Anglesey: The Concise History - David A. Pretty, 2005
A new overview of the history of Anglesey, written by a prominent local historian. Traces the island's rich history as the last stronghold of the druids; through its strategic significance during the Edwardian conquest in medieval times; Telford's major achievement in building the Menai Suspension Bridge, to the cultural and linguistic challenges of the late twentieth century.

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.



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.



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.


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.


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



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

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. With its raffish ports of Beaumaris and Holyhead, busy market towns, productive copper mines and rich fields of corn and cattle, Anglesey was thriving in the 18th century. This book draws on letters, diaries and family documents to provide a vivid picture of life on the island at the time: the mansions of the rich and the cottages of the poor; recreations such as hunting and cockfighting; education; crime and punishment; and illness, with its often horrific remedies.

Anglesey Air Accidents: During the Twentieth Century - Roy Sloan, 2001.
Aviation accidents on or over Anglesey in North Wales before, during and after World War II. The book chronicles the most serious accidents in detail with a large section of B/W photographs included.



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



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



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.



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.



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.


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.

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.

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.

Ynys Mon : Isle of Anglesey - Philip Steele, 1996
Most books of Anglesey's history show the island's ancient monuments, its castles and churches. However, this book of over 180 old photographs, reveals a more recent past when the romantic pictures produced by the engravers had been replaced by the more realistic images of the photographers. Their cameras captured the instant moment and those everyday events that historians rarely record. We see children running to hear the organ grinder, a band playing at an eisteddfod, an open-air revivalist preacher, sea captains and crews, threshing machines and all the fun of Ffair y Borth. Some will still remember these days, but to a younger generation these pictures will bring the past alive. By understanding yesterday, they will be better able to understand the island and its culture today.

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



Anglesey in Old Photographs - M. Hitches, 1992



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 Secret Bridge - Robin Richards, 1991
The stories of the people of Menai Bridge and their internationally important suspension bridge.



The day before yesterday: Anglesey in the nineteenth century - E. A. Williams, 1988
Translation of the 1929 Welsh book Hanes Môn, this is a comprehensive book describing life on the island during the 19th century.


The Whalers of Anglesey - Alun Owen, 1987.
The story of the many Anglesey men who joined whaling fleets travelling to the Antarctic in the 1930s.



Menai Bridges: Pontydd Menai - 1981

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



Atlas of Anglesey - Melville Richards (editor), 1972
An atlas containing numerous maps of Anglesey and accompanying text describing everything you would want to know about Anglesey, ranging from the geology and climate, through prehistoric settlements and medieval land divisions, to 19th century and modern life and industry.




Fiction & Poetry

The Anglesey Murders: What Happened to Rachel? - Conrad Jones, 2020
A gritty and atmospheric thriller with more twists and turns than a hangman's knot. Rachel Evans, a selfie queen and social media superstar went to school and never came home. DI Alan Williams and his team launch a desperate investigation to find her. As the country is plunged into lockdown, the price of narcotics skyrockets, causing friction between rival dealers. As the bodycount rises, the investigation focuses on several teenagers, who are victims of Criminal Exploitation, used by organised crime families to sell drugs in rural areas. Was Rachel involved or was her disappearance linked to something much darker.

The Anglesey Murders: Unholy Island - Conrad Jones, 2019
DI Alan Williams is called to the recovery of two bodies from the sea at Trearddur Bay, during a storm. The lifeboat crew suspect they're fishermen, washed away by a wave but they’re wrong. Alan and his detective sergeant, Kim Davies, realise the men were beaten and tied together before they entered the water. Two miles along the headland at Porth Dafarch, a third victim is found but there are no obvious links. As the number of victims increases, a major investigation team battles to unravel a deadly puzzle which, appears to have links to a series of historic murders from the 90’s.

The Anglesey Murders: A Visit from the Devil - Conrad Jones, 2019
DI Alan Williams is faced with the most brutal murder scene he's witnessed; the ritual killing of an elderly widow. Evidence at the scene indicates that the murderer is close and the investigation runs at breakneck speed in the hunt to stop them from striking again. Meanwhile, the busy port of Holyhead is being used by unscrupulous traffickers, who are embroiled in a violent turf war. With resources stretched, DI Williams is facing a case that could break him.

The Anglesey Murders: Dark Angel - Conrad Jones, 2019
Find out what happens to Fabienne Wilder and the niners following, Deliver us from Evil and A Visit from the Devil and A Child for the Devil. An author's life is destroyed by an insidious cult, who have framed him for murder and tried to kill him. Forced to go on the run, hunted by the police and the cult members, he has no choice but to stay beneath the radar and try to find their leader, the evil Fabienne Wilder. The story is tense and dark and hurtles towards the electrifying finale at a hundred miles an hour. Set in Snowdonia and Anglesey, the settings are familiar, beautiful and remote. A must read for lovers of The Anglesey Murders series.

The Anglesey Murders: Nearly Dead - Conrad Jones, 2017
The renovation of a remote farmhouse on the island of Anglesey uncovers a chamber of horrors but the crimes are historical. DI Alan Williams must sift through the evidence to identify both the victims and the perpetrators, while trying to dismantle the dangerous drug gangs that plague the North Wales coastline. Part of the Anglesey Murders series and also the prequel to The Child Taker, this book is a must for fans of the Alec Ramsay series.

The Anglesey Murders: A Child for the Devil - Conrad Jones, 2017
Find out what happens to Fabienne Wilder and the niners following, Deliver us from Evil and A Visit from the Devil. When an author is asked to help the police with the investigation into a double murder by identifying occult symbols, which had been carved into the victims, he is plunged into nightmare and forced to go on the run. Hunted by law and a powerful cult, he has to stay one step ahead to survive

Anglesey Blue: The Tudor Manx Mysteries - Dylan H. Jones, 2016
It’s not the homecoming Detective Inspector Tudor Manx was expecting, but solving the case is just the start of his problems. Recently transferred from the London Met to the North Wales Constabulary, Detective Inspector Tudor Manx has come to Island of Anglesey hoping for a quiet life. But his hopes are dashed when a brutally mutilated body is found crucified to the bow of a fishing boat sending shockwaves through the peaceful community. Manx’s faces pressure to solve the case quickly equipped with an inexperienced team. Is the body a message or a premonition of more murders to come?  Adding to his mounting problems, Manx’s troubled past returns to haunt him. Manx left the island after the disappearance of his younger sister, Miriam; a cold case that still remains unsolved. Can Manx solve the case before the body count rises? How will he cope when he is forced to choose between his family and his duty as a police officer?

Gwenllian Ferch Gruffydd: The Warrior Princess of Deheubarth - Laurel A. Rockefeller, 2016
Fictionalized account of Gwenllian ferch Gruffydd, wife of Gruffydd ap Rhys, Prince of Deheubarth and daughter of Gruffudd ap Cynan, Prince of Gwynedd.



Where Rowans Intertwine - Margaret Grant, 2015
HIstorical fiction based on the Celts of Anglesey. After the death of her grandmother, young novice priestess and healer, Ceridwen, is faced with the daunting responsibility of ministering to her Celtic tribe, at a time when spiritual leadership is most needed. It is over two hundred years since Roman invaders attempted to annihilate the Druids on the shores of the Island of Mona (Anglesey in North Wales). Is now is the time for healing and forging a future from that hateful carnage?

Crimson Shore - Gillian E Hamer, 2014
A half-naked woman dead in a ditch. A disappearing pathologist. A teenager run off the road. For a peaceful island, Anglesey is experiencing abnormal levels of crime. What's the connection? DS Dara Brennan has women problems. His boss, Amanda Gold, is embroiled in office politics and his wife thinks he's a disappointment. And then there's DS Kelly Jones. As missing-person cases become murder enquiries, Dara must put aside his personal life and focus on the killer's trail. The only tenuous link between the victims is an abandoned children's home. What happened there, twenty years ago? And who is hell-bent on revenge? Dara is keeping his eyes on the road. But he forgets to look in the mirror. Crimson Shore is the first novel in The Gold Detectives series set along the North Wales coast.

Complicit - Gillian E Hamer, 2013
'On the beach stood the adverse array (of Britons), a serried mass of arms and men, with women flitting between the ranks. In the style of Furies, in robes of deathly black and with dishevelled hair, they brandished their torches; while a circle of Druids, lifting their hands to heaven and showering imprecations ...' When Roman historian, Cornelius Tacitus, recorded the invasion of the small island of Mona Insulis off the North Wales coast in 60AD - the beginnings of a propaganda war against the Druidic religion began. Two thousand years later, that war is still being fought. For two millennia, descendants of a small sect of Anglesey Druids have protected their blood lineage and mysterious secrets from the world. Until members of this secret society are murdered one by one. Detective Sergeants Gareth Parry and Chris Coleman, along with new girl, DC Megan Jones, must stop this killer at all costs. What they discover will shock the whole police team and leave consequences which have an impact like no crime in the history of the force. Set along the dramatic Menai Straits, Complicit is a story of greed, loss and obsession.

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



The Charter - Gillian E Hamer, 2012
Sarah Morton hopes discovering the truth about the 1859 wreck of the Royal Charter will silence the demons of her past. But,tormented by visions and threats on her life, Sarah fears the ship may claim her as its final victim.


Closure - Gillian E Hamer, 2012
Helen West is coming to terms with her husband's death and trying to cope with her six-year-old son's grief. Jake suffers from nightmares, and visions of what he calls his 'other life'. He talks about a boy called Jacob and a place known only as 'the island'. Helen's journey to find the source of Jake's torment leads them to North Wales, where the university town of Bangor is in lockdown following a series of student abductions. When Jake's nightmares start to mirror the abductions, Helen begins to believe her son might have second sight. But what could Jake's 'island' possibly have to do with these crimes? And how can they help without putting their own lives in danger? It seems that decision will be Jake's alone.

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.

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. Also 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

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



Art, Photography

Photographing North Wales: A photo-location guidebook - Simon Kitchin, 2015
Comprehensive photo-location guidebook including: Snowdonia National Park, the Isle of Anglesey, the North Wales Coast, Llyn Peninsula, Llangollen and the North East.



'It Was the Most Beautiful Day": The Work of the Massey Sisters / The Wild Flowers of Anglesey - Maureen Lazarus and John Smith, 2014.
The story of the sisters Edith and Gwenddolen Massey, botanical artists from the Cornelyn estate in Llangoed. The large format book is richly illustrated with examples of their exquisite floral paintings.



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. Also available from the Holyhead Maritime Museum, the Oriel Ynys Mon shop, and other local outlets.

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.


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.



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.



Oriel Ynys Mon (Anglesey Art Gallery)



Myths and Legends

Anglesey: Myths, Legends and Other Tales - Ifor Jackson, 2018
This book is just what the title says. You will find quite a miscellany in these pages, including excursions into local history. Anglesey has many tales to tell, tales from the distant past and the Mabinogion, stories of saints in the dark ages, nineteenth century ghosts, witches, a dragon and dark deeds all find a place; even Jack the Ripper makes an appearance.

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.
Published in a handy A-Z format, here you will find accounts of well known haunting, as well as many previously undiscovered locations. The author also attempts to provide fresh knowledge and personal accounts of new and traditional stories. Bunty Austin has always been fascinated by ghosts and on a trip to Anglesey years ago she was overwhelmed by the wealth of ghost stories associated with the area. Ghost stories had been passed down from generation to generation, stories about haunted houses and ghost sightings were collected together to form a wealth of folklore over the years; from the lady of Park Lodge to the haunted lane. Anglesey Ghosts invites you to join Bunty Austin on a ghostly tour of the area.

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

Darganfod Tai Hanesyddol Eryri: Discovering the Historic Houses of Snowdonia - Richard Suggett & Margaret Dunn, 2014
This book presents the results of a successful project to establish the date and social context of some of the earliest houses in Snowdonia. This partnership project between the Dating Old Welsh Houses Group and the RCAHM involved many householders and about 200 local people in an ambitious exercise in community archaeology. It includes some examples from Anglesey.

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.

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.


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.



Anglesey Churches - Geraint Jones, 2006
After the departure of the Romans in the fifth century AD, Wales was gradually Christianised by the Celtic saints. COmparitively little is known about most of them, but many of Anglesey's towns and villages bear the names of these early Christians and this reflects their great activity and influence. They established a large number of religious sites throughout Wales and many of Anglesey's historic churches are built on such sites. This volumne details all of Anglesey's Anglican and Roman Catholic churches.

Anglesey: A Guide to the Ancient Monuments on the Isle of Anglesey - M. J. Yates & David Longley, 2001.
After an introduction that surveys the history and architecture of Anglesey from prehistory to the end of Middle Ages, this full-colour guidebook presents three tours that together take the visitor to 22 Cadw sites on the island. (Beaumaris Castle is treated in a separate guidebook.) The sites range from the Neolithic burial chambers at Barclodiad y Gawres and Bryn Celli Ddu, through Bronze Age monuments, like the standing stones at Penrhos Feilw, and Roman remains, such as the coastal fortification at Caer Gybi, Holyhead, to the medieval monastic complex at Penmon. Like all Cadw guidebooks, this 48-page book is fully illustrated with a combination of stunning photographs, reconstruction drawings, historical documents, maps and plans

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.


Prehistoric Anglesey - Frances Lynch, 1991
Comprehensive study of the archaeology of Anglesey by one of the most prominent archaeologists in the area. The island of Anglesey has a rich record of prehistoric life, from the hunters and strand-lopers of the Palaeolithic to the sophisticated Celtic cultures of the Iron Age. Expert, authoritative and extensively illustrated, this definitive study is nevertheless written with the general reader in mind. This revised second edition contains a new introduction discussing current interpretations of prehistory, and a section describing the discoveries of recent excavations. An index arranged by parish allows the book to be used as a guide. 

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

Anglesey Flowering Plants and their Habitats - Gareth Rowlands, 2018
This unique book features 183 superb colour photographs and a clear, user friendly text describing the coastal and inland habitats of the island and plants typically found there. Also included is a description of the adaptations of plants to their habitats together with an explanation of the principles of classification and flowering plant reproduction. For selected plants reference is made to the origin of the Latin or common name and any culinary or medicinal uses. Fascinating and informative, the guide is an invaluable aid to the enthusiast in the identification of selected wild flowers and their various habitats on the island of Anglesey.

A Pocket Guide To Anglesey Coastal Flowering Plants - Gareth Rowlands, 2018
This pocket guide will help you explore the beautiful coastline of Anglesey - the island's wild flowers found in a variety of habitats, from cliffs and heathland, sand dunes and shingle beaches to mud flats and salt marshes. Organised according to plant families with selected flowering plants allocated a single page with a brief description of characteristics such as leaf arrangement and flower anatomy. Also included are descriptions of medicinal and culinary uses together with any other interesting information. In addition to Latin names, Welsh and English common names of plants are included. This handy pocket size book will act as an invaluable accessory to plant identification which is no easy task and only comes with practise and experience.

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.


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.

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.



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.



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.

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

 

The following geology books are available exclusively from the GeoMôn web site:

Footsteps Through Time - The Rocks and Landscape of Anglesey - Stewart Campbell, Margaret Wood & Brian Windley
Soils in the Welsh Landscape - John Conway
Tywyn Niwbwrch - Terry Beggs
The Watch House View of Port Amlwch - Terry Beggs
Anglesey Geology - Jack Treagus
Rocks and Landscapes of the Anglesey Coastal Footpath - John Conway



Walks/Sightseeing

Countryside Dog Walks: Anglesey & The Lleyn Peninsula - Seddon Neudorfer, 2019
This attractive and cleverly structured guidebook gives dog walkers access to 20 of the finest walks in the stunningly beautiful Anglesey & Lleyn Peninsula countryside. With clear information, an introduction for each walk, and simple,easy-to-read maps, this beautiful book will appeal to all who want toventure out into the countryside with their dogs, locals and visitors alike. The walks in the book are for all levels of fitness and abilities. From short walks to the more challenging hill walks. Having no stiles ensures a hassle free walk for both dog and owner.

Dog Friendly Pub Walks: Anglesey & The Lleyn Peninsula - Seddon Neudorfer, 2019
This is the only book of its kind. It is packed with stunning photography and is beautifully designed. With humour and specific information about the pubs along each walk, this book will appeal to those planning their holidays or planning a day trip. The simplicity of the guides and mapscaters for all and will appeal to anyone living in, or intending to visit the Anglesey and Lleyn Peninsula region. Attractive and cleverly structured, this guidebook gives dog walkers access to 15 pubs and 15 great walks in the Anglesey & Lleyn Peninsula area. With clear information, an introduction for each walk, and simple, easy-to read maps. This beautiful book will appeal to all who want to venture out into the countryside with their dogs. The walks have no stiles ensuring a hassle free walk for both dog and owner.

Isle of Anglesey - Top 10 Walks: Circular walks along the Wales Coast Path (Top 10 Walks: Wales Coast Path) - Carl Rogers, 2018
With clear information, an overview and introduction for each walk, expertly written numbered directions, enhanced OS mapping, eye-grabbing panoramic photographs, and interpretation of points of interest along the way, these guides set a new standard in reliability, clarity and ease of use. Featured walks include Ynys Llanddwyn, Aberffraw, Rhoscolyn, Holyhead Mountain & South Stack, Carmel Head, Cemlyn, Cemaes Bay, Point Lynas, Moelfre and Red Wharf Bay.

Walking the Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path - Official Guide: 200km/125 Miles of Superb Coastal Walking - Carl Rogers, 2018.
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.

A Cycling Tour of Anglesey: A staged approach to touring the island, either using the main road or by following the tranquil perimeter lanes - Dave Peart, 2018
The island of Anglesey is the perfect size for cycle-touring and offers the choice of both a shorter and faster route around the main routes or a longer and more scenic tour around the perimeter lanes. The shortest main-road circuit of the island measures 102km; whereas a much longer figure-of-eight route along back roads and gravel tracks measures 310km. This book divides the island into five perimeter stages and four island-crossing stages, enabling you to pick and mix a route accordingly from the options of main roads, back roads and gravel tracks. All the notable hills are detailed within each stage and practical information is included such as nearby train stations, bike shops, hotels, pubs and cafés. Detailed route maps are included and all the routes are available for free-download for navigation purposes.

Anglesey Cycle Routes: A collection of 30 stunning routes from 25-100km - Dave Peart, 2018
Anglesey offers fantastic cycling over a diverse range of terrain, ranging from remote rural landscapes to stunning coastal views. Some parts of the island are fairly flat, whilst others hosts some of the steepest climbs in the UK.The routes in this book start from six different locations around the island, namely: Benllech, Beaumaris, Newborough, Rhosneigr, Trearddur Bay and Cemaes Bay. Each location has four local routes of 25, 30, 40 and 50km, and each location is included twice in a series of six longer routes (80-100km), thus providing a total choice of six routes for each location.Detailed stage maps are included and all the routes are available to download for navigation purposes. Practical information is also included such as nearby train stations, bike shops and cafés.

Walks Around Anglesey: Ynys Mon - David Berry, 2017
42 Walks. The Isle of Anglesey - Ynys Mon, is renowned for its stunning coastal scenery and maritime history. Most of the coastline falls within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) covering nearly one third of Anglesey - the largest in Wales - and including Holyhead Mountain, Anglesey's highest point. In addition North Anglesey, Holyhead Mountain and Aberfraw Bay carry Heritage Coast status. The 42 linked circular walks in this NEW REVISED EDITION explore the beautiful diverse landscape of the AONB and its fascinating history. The routes, which range from a 2.5 mile Copper Mine Trail to a 10.5 mile exploration of Holy Island, are well within the capability of most people. Many routes contain shorter walk options. A key feature is that individual walks can easily be linked with others to provide longer and more challenging day walks if required. They follow public rights of way or permissive paths, and cross Open Access land.

Coastal Walks Around Anglesey: Twenty Two Circular Walks Exploring the Isle of Anglesey AONB - Carl Rogers, 2016
Coastal Walks Around Anglesey contains 22 circular walks which sample just about everything the island's coastline has to offer and have been chosen with all walkers in mind - from those looking for a casual half day walk to add variety to a holiday, to the more ambitious who may complete two or more routes, perhaps as a less strenuous alternative to Snowdonia. Those not familiar with the island will find the book useful as a guide to some of its most scenic and unspoilt locations.

Anglesey Hidden Gem - William Jones, 2015
Anglesey Hidden Gem - The world is bigger, more interesting and much more profound when you can attach a name and a story to a place. With that thought in mind, I welcome you to my fully illustrated book about Anglesey, My Hidden Gem. This is very much my book, my stories – amusing, eccentric and quirky - because it’s all about My journeys and My island home. Allow me to share and guide you.

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



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



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



Walking Anglesey's Shoreline (Walks with History) - Dafydd Meirion, 2009



All Terrain Pushchair 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.



The Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path - Carl Rogers, 2006



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



Anglesey Coast Walks - Cecil Davies, 1998



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.

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

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

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.

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

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

 



Transportation

BookMenai Suspension Bridge – The First 200 Years - Bob Daimond, 2019
This world famous bridge was a marvel of its age, by far the largest suspension bridge yet built, celebrated as a thing of beauty as well as a triumph of engineering. The full story of the bridge is told in this book. It takes you from the formation of the strait 5,200 years ago, through early designs for a bridge, to the Parliamentary struggles to get approval for construction. Details of how the challenges posed during construction were overcome, and the way the masonry and ironwork work together to span the Strait, are discussed, and the use and refurbishment of the bridge through the centuries are highlighted. Available from the Menai Heritage online shop

The Story of the Irish Mail - William Davies, 2016
The story of 'The Irish Mail', the train which has travelled from London to Ireland via Holyhead for almost two centuries. 100 black-and-white photographs, maps and diagrams.



Cruising Anglesey and Adjoining Waters - Ralph Morris, 2016
A guide to cruising the seas around Anglesey and from Porthmadog to Liverpool. Latest update to a guide first published 20 years ago; now includes full colour charts and photographs.



On Tour with Thomas Telford - Chris Morris, 2015
Born into poverty in the Scottish Border country in 1757, Thomas Telford rose to become a towering figure of the Industrial Revolution in Britain and the pre-eminent engineer of his day. Incorporating material from the author's earlier book Thomas Telford's Scotland, this new edition is a visual celebration of Telford's architectural and engineering legacy, from the mighty Menai Bridge to the harbours, manses and chapels of the remote Scottish Highlands.

Anglesey Railways Through Time - Mike Hitches, 2014
Prolific railway author Mike Hitches turns his attention to the Anglesey railways. In a similar format to my Anglesey Through Time book, 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 Branch Lines Amlwch & Red Wharf Bay: 21: Scenes from the Past, Railways of North Wales, 2nd edition- W.G. Rear, 2012

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



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


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 and Lleyn Shipwrecks - Ian Skidmore, 1979

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

Conway and the Menai Ferries - Henry Rees Davies, 1942

Shipwrecks Around Anglesey - Tom Bennett



Biography

Man of Iron: Thomas Telford and the Building of Britain - Julian Glover, 2017
An excellent biography of Thomas Telford, builder of the Menai Suspension Bridge and the London-Holyhead road road across Anglesey, as well as numerous pioneering works around Britain.


Thomas Telford Through Time - John Christopher, 2016.
Contrasting old and new images, John Christopher examines Thomas Telford’s principal works to highlight his diverse, but often overshadowed, achievements. These include not only the Menai Bridge, of course, but also the other masonry and iron bridges, the Ellesmere Canal with its aqueducts at Pontcysyllte and Chirk, the Caledonian Canal slicing though Scotland’s Great Glen, and the A5 road running between London and Holyhead.

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.

The Ancestry, Life And Times Of Commander John Macgregor Skinner RN - Peter Scott Roberts, 2006
A biography of the American naval captain who moved to Holyhead to become master of the packet ships crossing the Irish Sea to Dublin. The book is available from the Holyhead Maritime Museum.


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

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.


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.

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

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.


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



Maps/Geography

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

Geological Map of Anglesey - British Geological Survey
Solid with Drift Geology Map (1: 50 000 Series Geological Maps (England & Wales))

Landranger maps (1:50,000)

A single topographic map covering the whole island.

Map 0114: Anglesey - Ordnance Survey



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

Map 0114 Active: Anglesey - Ordnance Survey

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



Map 0263: Anglesey East - Ordnance Survey



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

Map 0262 Active: Anglesey West - Ordnance Survey

Map 0263 Active: Anglesey East - Ordnance Survey

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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