Isle of Anglesey: Old Photos & Film

The beautiful coastline of Anglesey has long been a draw for visitors and photographers alike. But during the manufacturing boom following the Second World War, the island was also a busy centre of production and transportation.

Anglesey Through Time

Benllech – Portrait of an Anglesey Village

A photo montage accompanied by a beautiful tack, this video shows different locations around the village of Benllech in Anglesey through the past century.


Most of the black and white images in and around Cemaens Bay used in this montage were taken by local photographer O.R. Morris, between the years 1905 and 1909. Most of the images have titles.

The Isle of Anglesey In The 1930s

Menai Strait, 1930s – Film 18127

This nine minute film, part of the HuntleyFilmArchives collection, is dark and silent. But the titles announcing each segment are informative.

Repairing The Menai Bridge (1939)

After 112 years of service, the Menai Bridge needed repairs costing quarter of a million pounds. At the time, a typical house cost just a few hundred pounds.

The lack of health and safety equipment or practices in this British Pathé film is almost comical.

Repairing the Menai Bridge 1939

The Post War Island

Tubular Steel Engineering at Stewart’s and Lloyds. Archive film 5638

From the HuntleyFilmArchive, this post-war film about tubular steel engineering includes footage of a steam train passing over Robert Stephenson’s 1850 Britannia Tubular Bridge.

Anglesey, 1950s 8mm

In the 1950s, AJF West recorded scenes from Anglesey on 8mm film.

Saunders Roe, 1950s – Film 99990

A short film showing the latest aviation models from the Saunders Roe Aviation Company of Anglesey, flying over and landing on the Menai Strait.

Royal Navy Ship Building In Wales, 1950s – Film 39866

Royal Navy fast attack craft Dark Adventurer was launched on 28th October 1954, watched by a small crowd. The ship was built and launched at the Saunders Roe factory in Beaumaris. 

This silent film recorded parts of the manufacturing and engineering by the factory workmen, and the official launch.

Royal Visit To Anglesey (1958)

Queen Elizabeth II ad Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip visited the island in 1958. They met 

  • Lord-Lieutenant of Anglesey: Sir Richard Williams-Bilkeley
  • Chief Constable of Gynedd Constabulary: Lt Col Jones-Williams
  • Miss Gwersyl Pierce Jones who presets a bouquet
  • Dignitaries at Llangefni County Secondary School
  • Other dignitaries and spectators appear in their hundreds

HOLYHEAD 1961 Rail and Port action

An informative commentary explains what is happening as train and ferry services connect at the Anglesey Port of Holyhead in the age of steam.

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