Photo Album-North Wales
|...is situated on
a small island off the north western tip of Anglesey. It is, of course, an important
port for boats to and from Ireland. It has an eclectic selection of shops, some of which
I am featuring here, either for their humour, colour or character.
||Not everybody knows this, but Pinewood
studios seem to have upped sticks from London town and removed to this
corner of Anglesey.
||The local house of God is on a somewhat
grander scale. A good friend of mine (Tony Escott) who used to work on
Television Outside Broadcasts in Wales saw the picture of the chapel
alongside and had some chilling memories of the occasion when he worked
there in 1963:
"I lit that chapel for a Songs
of Praise and it was not my most favourite memory. I remember that the
Producer Ifan O. Williams wanted to see every corner, and it's a big
chapel so it meant 100 amps per phase, and a huge generator.
I remember Holyhead as a `dry` place on Sunday
(in 1963) when it was impossible to get a beer. I was there in December
and had to go by train because of the snow and stayed with the caretaker
of the chapel who woke me in the middle of the night because the cold
water pipes had burst in the kitchen attached to the chapel. In a dressing
gown I found the break and was sprayed with freezing water on opening a
I remember hammering the lead pipe flat to stop the
leak whilst being dowsed with icy water. Happy days!"
Brian Charlton helps to solve the mystery...
Thank you for taking the time to put your
photos of Holyhead and Holy Island on the web and your kind comments about
our Town & Island...
As a Holyheadian myself, I laughed at
your pictures of Holyhead and their accompanying descriptions. However,
there's no such peninsula as Llaingoch, as you say in a description as
South Stack - it used to be a street, then it got a pub, a shop, a few
chapels, a school, and turned into a village. Now it's a suburb, if
Holyhead can be said to even have such things...
just discovering my Welsh roots, and was looking at your pictures and
something about the inside of the church at Holyhead, the one with the
angels and beautiful stained glass windows really got to me. I could just
sit and stare out those windows and feel peaceful within that beauty. A
small church that packs a big punch. So small, yet so beautiful.
Thanks so much and I enjoyed your pictures. You have a good eye, and your
pictures reflect that.
by the way, our first ancestor John Jenkins, was born in Wales (don't know
where yet) in 1716
This bank dates from just
before Queen Victoria (circa 1836). Many local banks were set up in the
18th and 19th century and used to issue their own notes because of the
danger of transporting bank notes from London (highwaymen, etc). Several
banks of this type collapsed and their promissory notes became worthless.
If you are fortunate to have a North and South Wales Bank white fiver then
you would be worth a small fortune - apparently they are now very rare and
The bank became a public
company in early 20th Century and was amalgamated (or taken over) as part
of the Midland Bank and latterly HSBC.
Don't why it got the name
North and South Wales Bank - it was a local bank with branches in far off
places such as Porthmadog and the furthest east it went was the England
Border (Mold?). The notes from such banks were only ever meant to be used
locally and the banks were often owned by single or groups of local
I must lift up my eyes the
next time I'm in Holyhead!
Interesting site - anybody
going to do an article on the new bridge (what bridge I hear someone say?)
got another e-mail from Brian:
bridge? The pedestrian link being built at the ferry port from the
station to the town centre - Celtic Gateway or something - I was
expecting something enormous and imposing for the £2 million plus that
it's costing - apparently if you blink you'll miss it!