The area of Lligwy, near Moelfre, as well as being a popular holiday area with a fine beach, has three very interesting archaeological sites. From the Neolithic era, 3000BC, there is the Lligwy Dolmen, possibly a burial chamber. From the Roman era, about 300AD, the Din Lligwy Hut Circle which is an ancient fortified village site. From the medieval period, Hen Capel or Old Chapel, built at Lligwy in the first half of 12th century. Further information on each one of these can be found by following the links.
On the 26th of August, 1859, the “Royal Charter”, a steam and sailing ship travelling from Australia to Liverpool, was wrecked in a fierce storm on rocks near Moelfre. Many of the 452 passengers were miners bringing gold home to England. Only 41 people survived. One of the crew swam ashore with a rope and 28 men from Moelfre formed a human chain to help survivors. 147 of the victims are buried in St Galgo’s churchyard where a number of our Williams ancestors are buried.
About 3 miles south of Moelfre is the beautiful Benllech Beach, and overlooking the beach, Benllech Isaf, the big grey house with the white cottage built onto the side, in the centre of the picture above. For many years this was the home of Margaret (Percival) Jones who ran the house as a guest house. Her son Joe lived in the cottage. Maggie was my great aunt and many happy family holidays were spent there in the 1940s, playing on the beach, riding horses at Hewitt’s stables and helping Joe with the boats in the creek.
In 60AD, the Romans invaded Anglesey to defeat the Celts and their Druids in one of their last strongholds of resistance. The Roman general Gaius Suetonius Paulinus attacked the island using swimmers and small boats. The island was again invaded in 77AD by another Roman general Gnaeus Julius Agricola who was the Governor of Roman Britain from 78 to 84AD.