Historical Descriptions

Beeton’s British Gazetteer 1870

Situation of Anglesey
Situation of Anglesey

ANGLESEY, or ANGLESEA, an island and county of Wales, in the Irish Sea, separated from the mainland by a narrow channel called the Menai Strait, across which there is a suspension-bridge of the same name, and the Britannia Tubular Bridge, which forms a part of the Chester and Holyhead Rail way. (See MENAI STRAIT.) Desc. It may be described as triangular in form ; the land for the most part is not divided into fields by walls or hedges, but it is well cultivated, and yields the usual corn crops. The coasts abound with fish. Rivers or Streams. The principal are the Alam, Braint, Cefni, Fraw, and Dulas. Manf. Trifling; but its copper and lead mines, from the time of their discovery in 1768 to 1800, were the most important in the kingdom. Since that period they have declined. Towns. Beaumaris, Amlwch, and Holyhead. This island is the Mona of Tacitus, and was the last stronghold of the Druids, of whose works it has many remains. Curious stone tables are to be seen in it; and there are several remains of architectural and monumental antiquities on the coast and in the interior. Coins, implements, and arms, both Roman and British, are still occasionally found. Ext. 20 miles long and 17 broad. Area, 193,453 acres, or 302 square miles. Pop. 54.609
Source: Beeton’s British Gazetteer 1870. Ward, Lock & Tyler, Paternoster Row, London.

Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Anglesey in North Wales, is separated from Caernarvonshire by the Menai Strait, and on the other side bounded by the Irish Sea; about 24 miles long, and 18 broad. It is divided into six Hundreds — Llyfon, Maltreath, Menai, Talybolion, Turcelyn, and Tyndaethwy. It has four Market-Towns; and is in the Province of Canterbury, the Diocese of Bangor, and in the Northern Circuit. Population, 50,891.
Source: Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales; Second Edition; C. W. Leonard, London; 1850.

Anglesey Parishes



  • Beaumaris
  • Bodedern
  • Bodewryd
  • Bodwrog


  • Ceirchiog
  • Cerrigceinwen
  • Coedana


  • Gwredog


  • Heneglwys
  • Holyhead


  • Llanallgo
  • Llanbabo
  • Llanbadrig
  • Llanbedr-goch
  • Llanbeulan
  • Llanddaniel-fab
  • Llanddeusant
  • Llanddona
  • Llanddyfnan
  • Llandegfan
  • Llandrygarn
  • Llandyfrydog
  • Llandysilio
  • Llandewen
  • Llaneilian
  • Llaneugrad
  • Llanfachreth
  • Llanfaelog
  • Llan-faes
  • Llanfaethlu
  • Llanfair Mathafarn Eithaf
  • Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll
  • Llanfair-yng-Nghornwy
  • Llanfair-yn-Neubwll
  • Llanfair-yn-y-cwmwd
  • Llanfechell
  • Llanffinan
  • Llanfflewin
  • Llanfigel
  • Llanfihangel-Tyn-Sylwy
  • Llanfihangel Esceifiog
  • Llanfighangel yn Howyn
  • Llanfinangel Tre’r-beirdd
  • Llanfwrog
  • Llangadwaladr
  • Llangaffo
  • Llangefni
  • Llangeinwen
  • Llangoed
  • Llangristiolus
  • Llangwyfan
  • Llangwyllog
  • Llanidan
  • Llaniestyn
  • Llannerch-y-medd
  • Llanrhyddlad
  • Llanrhwydrys
  • Llansadwrn
  • Llantrisaint
  • Llanwenllwyfo
  • Llanynghenedl
  • Llechgynfarwy
  • Llechylched


  • Newborough


  • Penmon
  • Penmynydd
  • Penrhosllugwy
  • Pentraeth


  • Rhodogeidio
  • Rhosbeirio
  • Rhoscolyn
  • Rhosmynach


  • Tal-y-llyn
  • Trefdraeth
  • Tregaian
  • Trewalchmai

Books About Anglesey

Anglesey Through Time by Warren Kovach (Author)

Anglesey is an island steeped in history. Situated off the North Wales Coast, Anglesey (Ynys Mon in Welsh) has seen many people come and go. Prehistoric standing stones and burial chambers dot the landscape alongside Iron Age and Roman era settlements, medieval churches, fishing villages, Victorian towns and modern industrial sites. Towns such as Llangefni and Beaumaris are pictured with their modern shopfronts alongside images of their old, simpler facades. The Menai and Britannia Bridges are shown with their older structures compared to their current refurbished forms. Seaside towns are pictured teeming with sailing ships in the old days and pleasure cruisers today. This book aids those who are discovering the island for the first time, as well as residents wondering what it looked like in their grandparents’ days.


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