An Ancient history
Within close proximity of each other you can see a cromlech – a burial chamber dating back to 2000BC, a 4th century Romano-British settlement at Din LLigwy, and a 12th century chapel, 'Hen Gapel'.
The name 'Moelfre' can be traced back to the Doomsday Book of Wales in 1306. Even earlier in 1157 Moelfre was mentioned as a focal point in a sea battle
fought between Anglesey seamen and the English fleet of Henry II. As the village grew
in the 19th century many and varied
tradesmen settled in Moelfre but it was the
sea that called most villagers, as fishermen, seamen, mariners and even ship owners.
A maritime tradition
The area has a world famous and tragic maritime history. On the coastal
path visit the monument dedicated
to the ill-fated 19th century clipper Royal Charter, and nearby the memorial bench that marks the bravery of the lifeboat crew who rescued all those aboard the Hindlea exactly
100 years to the day after the Royal Charter shipwreck in hurrcane-force winds. Look out to sea from either of them and you'll see Ynys Dulas, with its distinctive tower built in 1824 to store food and provide shelter for shipwrecked seamen.
More to explore...
See the old lifeboat house built in the
19th century at
Porth Neigwl, set in an idyllic sun-trap cove in the village of Moelfre, and the wonderful old neat
stone-built fishermen's cottages on Pen Stryd. Beautiful Ty'n Graig is an old thatched-roof cottage on the outskirts of the village, and St. Gallgo's church is where many of those who perished on the
Royal Charter shipwreck are buried. At nearby Brynrefail
is the memorial to the local 18th century Morris brothers.