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"BEAUMARIS, a parish, market town, seaport, and municipal and parliamentary borough in the hundred of Tyndaethwy, in the island county of Anglesey, North Wales, 3 miles to the N. of Bangor, and 238 miles from London by the Holyhead railway. It is the county town of Anglesey, and is situated on the north-western shore of the beautiful bay of Beaumaris, near the north-eastern entrance of the Menai Strait. A town existed on this spot at a very early period, and was called Porth Wgyr, and afterwards Bonover. It attained considerable importance as a seaport. On the invasion of the island by Egbert, in the 9th century, a severe conflict between the Welsh and the Saxons took place near the town. The English, headed by the Earls of Chester and Shrewsbury, captured the town in 1096, and held the island in subjection till the arrival of a Norwegian force, under Magnus, compelled them to withdraw." [From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson 2003]



A guide to Bangor and Beaumaris : with notices of the isle of Anglesea. Manchester [etc.] : Abel Heywood & Son [etc.], [1902]

Adshead, Joseph. A circumstantial narrative of the wreck of the Rothsay Castle steampacket, on her passage from Liverpool to Beaumaris, August 17, 1831 ... London, Hamilton, Adams, and Co., 1834. 322p

Ambrose, John W. Beaumaris and its environs. 1859. 24p

Beaumaris : 16 photographic views. Frith's series. Roberts, 189-?. 16 leaves

Crean, Patrick J. Sir William Dai : a life of the Venerable William Davies, Catholic martyr executed in North Wales, at Beaumaris, 1593. London : Catholic Truth Society, 1985. 56p

Heywood, John. John Heywood's Illustrated guide to Bangor and Beaumaris. 1891. 32p

Llwyd, Richard. Beaumaris Bay : the shores of the Menai, and the interior of Snowdonia, ... Chester : London : J. Parry for the author ; H. Hughes, 1832. 68p

Morris, Jeff. The history of the Penmon and Beaumaris lifeboats. Coventry : Lifeboat Enthusiasts Society, 1997. 49p

Pughe, David W. History of Beaumaris Castle and the isle of Anglesey. Carnarvon : Printed and published by H. Humphreys, [1848?]. 42p

Raban, Denys. A note on Beaumaris parish register, 1649-1659, 1658-1723. Transactions of the Anglesey Antiquarian Society (1986), p. 79-85.

Steele, Phillip. Beaumaris : the town's story : hanes y dref. Porthaethwy : MAGMA, c1996. 48p

Taylor, A J. Beaumaris Castle (Castell Biwmares). Cardiff : H.M.S.O., 1980. 50p

The burgess roll of the burgesses of the borough of Beaumaris, in the county of Anglesey, entitled to vote in the choice of the councillors and auditors of the said borough, between the 1st day of November, 1894, inclusive, and the 1st day of November, 1895, exclusive. Beaumaris : E. Thomas, Printer, 1894. 13p

Thomas, J Hugh. English Presbyterian Church Beaumaris : centenary 1870-1970. 1970.  12p

Williams, John. Hen blas (the old palace) in Beaumaris, with illustrations. Holyhead : Printed by Enoch Jones, 1869. 8p

Williams, John. David Hughes, M. A., and his free grammar school at Beaumaris : an historical essay. Bangor : Printed by J. K. Douglas, 1864.  30p

Business and Commerce Records

Bulkeley Arms Hotel, Beaumaris, papers 1854-1984 - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales

Church History

Church and chapel data from The Religious census of 1851 : A Calendar of the returns relating to Wales, Vol 11, North Wales. Ed. by Ieuan Gwynedd Jones, UWP,   1981. The names given towards the end of each entry are those of the informants.

Beaumaris Parish and Borough; Statistics; Area 1220 acres; Population 1200 males, 1265 females, total 2465


Rees, Thomas & John Thomas   Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru (History of the Welsh Independent Churches), 4 volumes (published 1871+). The Beaumaris section (in Welsh) has been extracted - with translation by Eleri Rowlands (Aug 2014)

Church Records

Joyce Hinde has supplied a list of Parish Registers held at Anglesey Record Office.

Beaumaris English Presbyterian Church records  1870-1937 - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales

Held at Anglesey Records Office (NRA)

Description and Travel

Welcome to Beaumaris - a tourist site

Beaumaris Castle - photographs and articles on the Castle Wales site

Beaumaris Castle - on wikipedia

Beaumaris - on Flickr



Archives Network Wales   have details of extant records of the following (use on-site search box);

Land and Property

Held at University of Wales, Bangor (NRA)

Held at Anglesey Records Office (NRA)


View maps covering the area of this parish and places within its boundaries

Gwynedd Family History Society  have a diagram of the ecclesiastical parishes of Anglesey (under Publications)

Merchant Marine

Beaumaris Lifeboat

Held at Anglesey Records Office (NRA)

Details of extant records are on Archives Network Wales for the following material (use on-site search box);

Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

Bangor and Beaumaris Workhouse

Bangor and Beaumaris Poor Law Union Records 1828-1945  - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales

Public Records

Details of extant records are on Archives Network Wales for the following material (use on-site search box);

Held at Anglesey Records Office (NRA)

Held at University of Wales, Bangor (NRA)


Details of extant records are on Archives Network Wales for the following material (use on-site search box);

Held at Anglesey Records Office (NRA)

Social Life and Custom

Beaumaris Brass Band - including its history


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