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Bradshaw’s Guide

Beaumaris Bay. Taken between ca. 1890 and ca. 1900. Original: Library of Congress


Beaumaris, the capital of Anglesea, is beautifully situated at the entrance to the Menai Straits, about 4 miles from Bangor. It has remains of a castle, built in the thirteenth century by Edward I. The chapel and the great hall, 70 feet long, in which Queen Victoria (then princess) with the Duchess of Kent, her mother, attended an Eisteddfod or Bardic meeting in 1832, are still in a state of preservation. Baron Hall is the fine seat of Sir R. B. W. Bulkeley, Bart; in the grounds is the curious stone coffin of King John’s daughter, Joan, named Llewellyn ap Jorworth, who founded a priory, of which there are remains at Llanvaes. Further on are Penmon Priory and the Mona (Mon is the Welsh name for Anglesea) Marble Quarries. Then Puffin Island Light, near which the Rothesay Castle steamer was wrecked in 1831, and 100 lives lost. Further on to the west there is a fine view from a large camp called Bwrdd Arthur or Arthur’s Round Table.

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Places nearby

  • Anglesea : Holyhead

    Holyhead, so called from a monastery founded by St. Gybi in the sixth century, is the chief packet station for Ireland, and stands on Holy Island, on a bay between it and the west side of Anglesea, 64 miles from Dublin.