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"HOLYHEAD, a parish, market town, seaport, and parliamentary borough, on Holy Island, in the hundreds of Llyfon and Tal-y-Bolion, county Anglesey, 24 miles W. by N. of Beaumaris, and 260 from London by road, or 264 by the London and North-Western and the Chester and Holyhead railways, which latter has an extensive terminus here. The distance from the station to the pier is about a mile, although the rails are carried, for the convenience of the mails and through traffic for Ireland, to the very end of the pier, near the side of the harbour, where the Dublin Company's mail steamers lie, which leave Holyhead twice, and sometimes oftener, every day for Kingston, doing the distance of 63 miles in less than four hours, and thus reducing the time between London and Dublin to eleven hours by the mail train. " [From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson 2003]


A catalogue of the books and rules for the management of the Holyhead Parochial lending Library and Reading Room : established January 1st, 1849. Holyhead : Jones, pr, 1849. 16p

Baughan, Peter Edward. The Chester & Holyhead Railway. Newton Abbot : David and Charles, 1972. 324p

Cowell, John. Holyhead and the Royal Mail : a postal history. Caernarfon : Gwynedd County Council Library Service, 1990. 27p

Elis-Williams, M. Packet to Ireland : Porthdinllaen's challenge to Holyhead. Caernarfon : Gwynedd Archives Service, Gwynedd County Council, c1984.  147p

Harper, Charles George. The Holyhead road: : the mail-coach road to Dublin. London : Chapman & Hall, 1902.

Hornsey, Brian. A cinema miscellany : Wales and borders. Part 16,; Aberdare, Barry, Chepstow, Holyhead, Kington (Herefordshire) picture house, Monmouth, Pontypool. Stamford : Fuchsiaprint, 2001. 40p

Jackson, Thomas. The visitor's hand-book for Holyhead, comprising a history of the town, the antiquities and sublime scenery of the mountain, with a full description of the wonders of South Stack and the gigantic new harbour : also, information respecting the steam packets, railways, &c., and other objects of interest in the town and neighbourhood. London : Smith and Sons, 1853. 71p

Lloyd Hughes D. and Dorothy M. Williams. The Story of a Port - Holyhead. 1967

Morris, Jeff. The story of the Holyhead Lifeboats. [Poole?] : Royal National Lifeboat Institution, 1989.

Owen, Alun. Holyhead : images of an island. Holyhead : Holy Island, 1990. 47p

Owens, Edwin R. The Holyhead breakwater and quarries. Holyhead : E.R. Owens, 1987. 73p

Owens, Edwin R. Mynydd Twr = Holyhead Mountain. Holyhead : Edwin R. Owens, 1989. 171p

Pearsall, A W H. The Holyhead steamers of the L.N.W.R. [London] : London & North Western Railway Society, [197-?]. 33p

Photographic views of Holyhead. Holyhead : E.J. Williams, Bookseller, [190-?]

Rowlands, Eryl Wyn. ' - for want of schooling - ' : church education in Holyhead 1748-1998 : a brief history. Caergybi : [S.l.] : Ysgol y Parchedig Thomas Ellis ; 250 Group, 1998. 28p

Rowlands, John. Holyhead - people, prosperity and poverty. [Caernarfon] : Gwynedd Library Service, 1989. 34p

Scott Roberts, Peter. The Ancestry, Life and Times of Commander John Macgregor Skinner R.N.   Holyhead Maritime Museum, 2007

Stanley, Arthur P. A record of St. Cybi's church, Holyhead : and the sermon preached after its restoration, 1879. London : Nopps and Tarrant, [18--?] 40p

Stanley, Wiliam O. Memoirs on remains of ancient dwellings in Holyhead Island,mostly of circular form, called Cyttiau'r Gwyddelod : explored in 1862 and 1868 ... London : Printed for the author, 1871.

Stretton, Clement E. The history of the Holyhead Railway Boat Service : a paper read on the ... jubilee of the railway companies' working, August 1st, 1898. Leeds : Goodall and Suddick, Printers, 1901. 19p

Business and Commerce Records

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;


Joyce and Douglas Hinde have provided a transcript of the 1851 Census of Holyhead (Surname order and Address order).

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.

Holyhead Parish and Borough; Statistics; Area 6988 acres; Population 4594 males, 4269 females, total 8863



Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales  for the following;


Rees, Thomas & John Thomas. Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru (History of the Welsh Independent Churches), 4 volumes (published 1871+). Here is the entry from this book for Y Tabernacl Newydd, Caergybi chapel (in Welsh) - with translation.     Also Caergybi chapel (no translation).   Also Tabor - translation by Eleri Rowlands (Nov 2013)

Church Records

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

Held at Anglesey Record Office (NRA);

Description and Travel

Holyhead - Ann Roberts' site with lots of local data and photographs

Baker-lite's Holyhead page of pictures

Welcome to Holyhead site

Holyhead - on wikipedia

Caergybi - on



Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales  for the following;

Land and Property

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

Held at Anglesey Record Office (NRA);


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

Merchant Marine

The Maritime History of Holyhead - on the site

Holyhead Lifeboats - history and pictures

Port of Holyhead site

Holyhead Maritime Museum - access details

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

Held at Anglesey Record Office (NRA);

Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

Holyhead Workhouse - on the Peter Higginbotham site

Held at University of Wales, Bangor (NRA)

Held at Anglesey Record Office (NRA);

Public Records

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

Held at Anglesey Record Office (NRA);


Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;


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