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Historic County of Wales

(Sir Fôn)

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Known in Welsh as Sir Fôn.

An insular County separated from the mainland of Caernarfonshire by the Menai Straits to which it is connected by the Menai Suspension Bridge. The island is about 20 miles long, 26 miles broad.

Area 176,630 acres. 714

Population 2011 - 69 700

Admin. Headquarters Llangefni

County Flower Spotted Rock-rose - Tuberaria guttata

It is the only county in Wales that is not mountainous, the highest point being Holyhead Hill (703ft). Its northern coast is rocky and a haven for nesting seabirds. Elsewhere the coast is gentler and dotted with shingle and sandy beaches. There are many antiquities. The main rivers are the Braint and the Cefni. Holyhead is a ferry terminal for the Republic of Ireland. The most important industries are agriculture and tourism.

Places of special interest:

  • Beaumaris Castle (SH6076);
  • Bryn Celli Ddu neolithic tomb (SH5070);
  • Din Lligwy iron age village (SH4986);
  • Lynnon Windmill, Llanddeusant (SH3485),
  • Plas Newydd gardens (SH5269);
  • St Seriol's Well (SH6380);
  • South Stacks RSPB bird reserve (SH2082).

The main towns

  • Holyhead,
  • Llangefni,
  • Amlwch
  • Menai Bridge.

Other villages and settlements include

  • Cemaes,
  • Pentraeth,
  • Gaerwen,
  • Dwyran,
  • Bodedern,
  • Malltraeth,
  • Rhosneigr.

See Table of Welsh Place names (Table listing where places are in Current [Post 1974/1996] Welsh Counties/Historic Counties


Parish Map

from The Phillimore Atlas and Index of Parish Registers 1984.

For full size image see North Wales - Phillimore - open the full view and use the magnify tool.

Sources and References