Anglesey Through TimeAnglesey Through Time

Warren Kovach

Anglesey is an island steeped in history. Situated off the North Wales coast, Anglesey (known as Ynys Môn in Welsh) has seen many peoples come and go. Prehistoric standing stones and burial chambers dot the landscape alongside Iron Age and Roman era settlements, medieval churches, seaside fishing villages, Victorian towns and modern industrial sites. Anglesey Through Time documents this rich history 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. The high streets of towns such as Llangefni, Beaumaris and Menai Bridge are pictured with their modern shop fronts alongside black and white images of their old, simpler facades, complete with horse-drawn carts. The Menai and Britannia Bridges are shown with their older chain and tubular structures compared to their current refurbished forms. Ports like Amlwch are pictured teaming with sailing ships in the old days and with their current complement of fishing boats and pleasure cruisers.

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This book will be an excellent companion to those who are discovering the island for the first time, as well as long-time residents who have wondered what their area looked like in their grandparents’ days.

A list of the places illustrated is given below, along with an interactive Google map showing exactly where each modern photograph was taken.

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About the Author

Warren Kovach is the author of the popular website, which highlights many aspects of the island’s history, supplemented by many of his own photographs. Born and raised in Ohio, USA, he moved to Anglesey in the early 1990s and soon set about exploring its history and landscape. He has a Ph.D. as a researcher in biology, ecology and palaeontology, but later moved to developing scientific computer software. He is also a keen photographer and has had his photos published in many national newspapers, books and magazines around the world. He is also a trustee of the Menai Bridge Community Heritage Trust. You can follow him on Twitter at @AngleseyHist or on the Anglesey History Facebook page.

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Book details

Format: Paperback, 235 x 165 mm
Pages: 96
Images: 184, colour and sepia
Publisher: Amberley Publishing Plc, October 2013
ISBN-10: 1445616521
ISBN-13: 978-1445616520


If you have already purchased the book and you want to know where the photographs were taken, you can find them on this Google Map:

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Places illustrated in the Anglesey Through Time book

  • Menai Suspension Bridge
  • Britannia Tubular Bridge
  • Nelson’s Statue, Menai Strait
  • Anglesey Column, Llanfairpwllgwyngyll
  • Holyhead Road, Llanfairpwllgwyngyll
  • Llanfairpwllgwyngyll Post Office
  • Llanfairpwllgwyngyll toll gate
  • W. & O. Pritchard shop, Llanfairpwllgwyngyll
  • Church Island, Menai Bridge
  • Uxbridge Square, Menai Bridge
  • Dale Street, Menai Bridge
  • Nant Terrace & High Street, Menai Bridge
  • Liverpool Arms, Menai Bridge
  • Glyn Garth, Menai Strait
  • Beaumaris Castle courtyard
  • Castle Street, Beaumaris
  • Beaumaris West End
  • Wexham Street, Beaumaris
  • St. Mary & St. Nicholas Church Beaumaris
  • Llangoed Bridge
  • Penmon Priory
  • Puffin Island and Penmon lighthouse
  • Pentraeth Square
  • Ship Inn, Red Wharf Bay
  • Siloam Chapel, Talwrn
  • Tynygongl Post Office
  • Benllech Bay
  • California Inn, Brynteg
  • Moelfre harbour
  • Lligwy burial chamber
  • Llangefni High Street
  • Bulkeley Square, Llangefni
  • Golden Eagle Establishment, Llangefni
  • Gwalia Bakery, Llangefni
  • St Cyngar`s Church, Llangefni
  • County School, Llangefni
  • Capel Moreia and Shire Hall, Llangefni
  • Capel Cildwrn, Llangefni
  • Melin Wynt-y-Craig windmill, Llangefni
  • London Road, Gwalchmai
  • Bodffordd village
  • Market Square, Llanerchymedd
  • Bridge Street, Llanerchymedd
  • Llanerchymedd High Street
  • St. Mary’s Church, Llanerchymedd
  • St. Eilian Church, Llaneilian
  • Parys Mountain windmill
  • Amlwch Harbour
  • Mona Street & Manchester House, Amlwch
  • Chapel Street, Amlwch
  • Bull Bay
  • Cemaes High Street
  • Cemaes Bay Breakwater
  • Llanbadrig Church
  • Griffith Reade Coffee House, Llanfaethlu
  • Melin Llynon windmill, Llanddeusant
  • Crown Hotel, Bodedern
  • London Road, Bodedern
  • Llangaffo High Street
  • Newborough High Street
  • Prichard Jones Institute, Newborough
  • Malltraeth village
  • Bodorgan Railway Station, Bethel
  • Meyrick Arms Hotel, Bethel
  • Aberffraw Bridge
  • Llewellyn Street, Aberffraw
  • Bodorgan Square, Aberffraw
  • Melin y Bont windmill, Bryn-Du, Llanfaelog
  • Rhosneigr Beach
  • Rhosneigr High St.
  • Maelog Lake Hotel, Rhosneigr
  • Trearddur Bay Hotel
  • Valley
  • South Stack lighthouse
  • South Stack suspension bridge
  • St Cybi’s Church, Holyhead
  • Stanley St., Holyhead
  • Boston St., Holyhead
  • Market Street, Holyhead
  • Eagle and Child, Holyhead
  • Station Hotel, Holyhead
  • The Breakwater, Holyhead
  • RMS Munster from Holyhead Breakwater
  • Llandegfan Water Mill

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This is a web site developed by Dr Warren Kovach to celebrate the history of the Isle of Anglesey, North Wales.


Copyright © 1995- Warren Kovach, Anglesey, Wales. All Rights Reserved. The photographs and text on these pages may be downloaded and viewed for your own interest, but you MAY NOT distribute them, reproduce them on other web sites, or use them in any form for any commercial purpose without the express permission of the copyright holder.

Last modified 1 September, 2023