Gwynedd Archaeological Trust

Ymddiriedolaeth Archaeolegol Gwynedd

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The Menai Straits 2000 years of history

Menai Ferries

The ferries were no incidental operation.

The crossings and their stretch of water were a jealously guarded resource, in the hands of the great lords and landowners of Anglesey in the Middle Ages.

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Abermenai and Dinlle Marsh

The Bridges

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Talyfoel, Y Foel and Caernarfon

Ferry Inns

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Porthaethwy after the ferries

Llanidan and Llanfairisgaer


Main Source

Davies, H R. 1942, The Conway and Menai Ferries

Selected sources

Carr, A D. 1982, Medieval Anglesey, Anglesey Antiq. Soc.

Eames, A. 1973, Ships and Seamen of Anglesey

Provis, W.A. 1828, ‘An Historical and Descriptive account of the Suspension Bridge constructed over the Menai Strait in North Wales’


Collins, G. 1693, Great Britain’s Coasting Pilot.

Morris, Lewis. 1730s, Manuscript Surveys of Conwy Bay and the Menai Straits (Anglesey Record Office)

Morris, Lewis. 1748, Plan of Harbours, Bays and Roads in St George’s Channel.

For a more detailed bibliography, click the link.

Moelydon and Felinheli


Porthaethwy origins, Porthaethwy landing, Carreg yr Halen


George Hotel (Bangor Ferry)


Porthesgob: Gorad y Git, Garth Point, Cadnant, Borthwen


Llanfaes, Beaumaris and Lafan Sands; Gallows Point

Menai Straits web project: David Longley

Gwynedd Archaeological Trust Ymddiriedolaeth Archaeolegol Gwynedd

Many thanks to friends and colleagues working on similar projects, for support and access


A part of this project was made possible by grant-aided support from Cadw

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