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    Part Two .....

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    Meanwhile, while everyone was beating everyone else up, and saying “My God is more powerful than your God”, the traders quietly slipped in. In the area now known as Parys Mountain, rich veins of Copper had been discovered, the excavation of which can be traced back to the Bronze Age 4000 years ago.

    Technology had come a long way, until by 1764, a resurgence came about, partly due to the British Navy’s discovery that “Copper bottomed” ships were faster through the water, as the metal thwarted the build-up of barnacles and such on the hulls.

    As the Copper deposits at Parys Mountain were still close the surface, the mine flourished, together with the close by “Mona” mine. After various disputes between the two mines over the exact position of their shafts, the two joined forces and copper quickly flowed from Amlwch, the nearest port. In its day, Amlwch had a population larger than New York, and a corresponding ratio of “beer houses” per head of population quickly escalated to one to every four people — the port even had its own Tobacco brand.

    With this rate of expansion of the Copper trade, they had to do something to enlarge the harbour for bigger ships, eventually blasting 20,000 tons of rock out of the way to improve access - Amlwch History. (There’s some fascinating reading on the site if you get the time).

    Meanwhile, the mine had its own currency — the Anglesey Halfpenny, and the Anglesey Penny — pure copper, and still out there somewhere …….

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    However, all good things must come to an end, and with the eventual demise of the Copper trade, the fate of the mine, and also the port, was sealed.

    We live close to the legacy of both — the Copper Mountain now some kind of “nature trail” — only marred by the “precipitation ponds” into which the original workers would put great lumps of pig iron to tease out the Copper as the water carried it away, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parys_Mountain - the only problem with that, is that the water often reaches a PH of about 2 — highly acidic — which doesn’t do your boots (or your bike) any favours.

    Nice scenery though ….

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    The port itself has fared slightly better, and is still in use by various charter boats, and also the pilot boats that still take shipping in and out of Liverpool.

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    It’s come a long way since the days of sail — wish I could say the same for a lot of things ……..

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    (More later) …….
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    Part Three ......

    Part Three ….

    Anglesey has a long history of sea faring, ships, and the inevitable ship-wrecks that go with these shores. There are wrecks just about everywhere and some big ones too. Vessels still wait to enter Liverpool dock off-shore from Anglesey, until they can pick up the pilot boats and a favourable wind and tide.

    Back in the day, a lack of weather prediction, bad compasses, and anchoring up in fog took its toll upon many ships. They would often drop anchor in poor visibility, mistake the lights for somewhere else, and then the gales would start, resulting in many a ship dragging its anchor as it frantically tried to stay off the rocks that appeared through the mist.

    There are over a hundred documented wrecks off Anglesey, and before records were kept, countless others now lost to history. This has resulted in the many Life Boat stations and Pilot Boats the Island now hosts, together with the helicopter rescue unit based in RAF Valley, and a network of Light Houses to keep shipping out of trouble. Call outs are still frequent, but mostly for small craft now and stranded holiday makers — we have some big wide beaches here, and even bigger tides to catch out the unwary.

    In order of appearance — South Stack — North Stack — Penmon Point — and Port Lynas

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    Not bad for an Island that’s only 20 miles by 22…..

    Some further reading on the wrecks of the last century can be found on the following links — perhaps the most unusual yet tragic one being the “Royal Charter” - remnants from the cargo of gold it was carrying still gets washed ashore from time to time.

    ANGLESEY SHIPWRECKS
    Sinking of the Royal Charter
    John Wheatley, Writer: SHIPWRECKS OF ANGLESEY

    Meanwhile, we also have a history of Piracy along the coast, with many Irish, Welsh, and French ships in play. Operating on a mixture of duplicity and bare faced cheek, it’s hard not to grin when you hear of the tales …..

    https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=...%20man&f=false
    | Piracy and smuggling Over The Waves

    Eventually, they settled down to smuggling which was much more lucrative, and less risky, often stashing goods in Ireland and the Isle of Man until the heat was off, and the price was right.

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    Purple, you have a rather good talent for conveying the history of your new home in the land of the "Gogs". Fascinating stuff. Anxiously awaiting chapter 4 to learn more of the rich legacy of your Anglesey island home.
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    This thread is so cool and great pitchers too!

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    Hey Admiral, you found a sandy beach!
    Island isn't all rock after all
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    Part Four .....

    Part Four …..

    Present day: To a large extent, the Island is now regarded as largely being dependant on tourism, but once you live here, there’s much more to it than that. While the main (and only stable) industry is farming, the many caravans on fields in the area tell the truth – life here still goes on, not just in the holiday season.

    Bank holidays and school holidays the locals stay indoors, well away from the city dwellers congesting the roads and beaches. We wait for them to go home, then re-claim the Island, until all that’s left is a distant statistic. The pace of life here is “relaxed” to say the least, whereas the tourists don’t seem to understand why the locals do 40mph in a 60mph zone – until they meet a tractor round a bend. Like I said, we just stay indoors and let them get on with it - it’s safer.

    But while the tourists go for the “hot spots” – much of the Islands history goes unnoticed. For instance, while everyone flocks to the castle at Beaumaris, there’s another one just up the road - Anglesey Heritage Treftadaeth Môn - Aberlleiniog: The Ultimate Hidden Gem .

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    Until recently inaccessible, it’s starting to open up thanks to the work of various voluntary associations - still not a sign post in sight, but perhaps that’s the charm of the place. Whilst the first of its purposes has been well documented, there is still some confusion over the stone work.

    But if you really want to dig into the history of that place, you have to go a bit deeper – how did they get stuff in and out of there ? With a bit of research you can find the clues – and with the help of some old maps, you can find the location - an old safe haven for up to three boats on the coast. Follow the river down to the sea, and it’s still there, slightly to the south of the marked picnic spot.

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    Aberlleiniog Castle also suggests another motte and bailey close to the beach. There’s a big pool in that spot, about 6 feet deep, with stone works still in place that are older than I care to think about – the “step stone” alone is 2ft by 2ft, and 10ft across – no need for concrete in those days, they used what was around them. A long forgotten place, but still there to be found by those inclined to really explore the Island. The road it’s on leads to Penmon Point - “Oooh, there’s a lighthouse with a bell up there” – completely missing the centuries old remnants of a by-gone age on the way. There are many places like that on Anglesey, it would take a life time to discover them all, and even then you’d miss some.

    In modern times, industries have come and gone – the Octel Bromine plant in Almwch, relied on trade with the leaded petrol giants – the site is now deserted

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    Shell used to off-load tankers to a marine terminal off Amlwch, then pump it to tanks on the Island – all gone

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    The site recently sold for 3m to a developer, who plans to build temporary housing for the workers at Wylfa B, an-add on to the nuclear plant that recently closed – though now even that, (Wylfa , is in doubt. “A second plant named Wylfa Newydd (previously referred to as Wylfa has been proposed, in part to provide for the needs of the Anglesey Aluminium smelter located in Holyhead. The Anglesey Aluminium plant was shut down on 30 September 2009” - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wylfa_..._Power_Station
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    But Anglesey will survive, and still give up its ancient stone monuments to those who look for them .

    To this day, the Bi-Annual Viking festival comes to town (Amlwch again, go figure) — “Viking volunteers required, apply in person down the pub every other week, (bring your own gear)” - I kid you not - http://www.wales-tourist-information..._Festival.html

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    Apparently the Viking boat is sighted coming in over the horizon from Moelfre, giving the town of Amlwch plenty of time to get well and truly pissed and ramped up in the local pubs in time for their arrival — at which point history usually repeats itself, but this time we’re more gentle with them — it’s a bit like having an old “chew toy” coming to town.

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    Amlwch Viking Festival 1 : the battle - Dyxum

    This is why I love the place — so much to discover — so much to explore — often down 6ft 6 access roads with grass growing down the middle, with dirty great tractors coming the other way filling the whole width of the road. Run the TW up the verge or into the mud at the side of the road, wave the tractor through with a grin (usually returned), and it’s live and let live.

    Embrace the land and its people, the way of life, and the speed it’s lived at — and they will embrace you in return.

    Besides, who else would “twin” a town with Sankwia in Gambia ……

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