Anglesey at Work
People and Industries Through the Years
Series: At Work
- Geraint Wyn Hughes
15th February 2023
The island of Anglesey, lying off the coast of North West Wales, has experienced waves of invasions over the centuries. Its inhabitants have worked on the land, surrounding waters and local industries through the many changes that have taken place on Anglesey up to the present day. Agriculture has played an important role on the island, but its natural resources have also been exploited and harnessed, from copper and coal mining, iron extraction, stone quarrying, to wind and tidal mills and the now-decommissioned nuclear power station at Wylfa. Maritime activities have included shipbuilding, fishing, whaling, lighthouses and lifeboat stations and the island has also been an important militarily as home of the Catalina factory and RAF Valley. The port of Holyhead has long been important for travellers between Britain and Ireland, with roads, railways and bridges been built on the island from Telford and Stephenson in the Industrial Revolution onwards, which also facilitate the tourism which is a significant element of Anglesey’s economy today.
Anglesey at Work explores the working life of this island in North Wales and its people, and the industries that have characterised it. The book will appeal to all those with an interest in the history of Anglesey.