Anglesey: The Concise History (University of Wales Press - by David A. Pretty

By David A. Pretty

This quantity lines the island's wealthy background because the final stronghold of the druids, via its strategic importance through the Edwardian conquest in medieval instances, Telford's significant fulfillment in construction the Menai Suspension Bridge, to the cultural and linguistic demanding situations of the past due 20th century. the concept that of ‘love of one’s zone’ has continually had a different resonance for the folk of Wales. It has encouraged poets, writers and historians during the centuries and it has enriched our appreciation and figuring out of the vibrant range of our neighborhood and neighborhood tradition and historical past. the writer has an intimate wisdom of the zone and has the facility to interpret and converse that wisdom in a full of life and concise kind to scholars, students and travelers alike.

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By mid-century two hostile groups appeared in Anglesey. On the eastern side there was the ultra-ambitious Bulkeley family determined to exercise control over political life. Ready to challenge them were the native Welsh gentry in the west of the island, together with their allies among the less wealthy English immigrant families. William Bulkeley, Llangefni, younger brother of Sir Richard Bulkeley I, sat as the first MP for the county seat in 1542. 1572), regarded as the main architect of Bulkeley supremacy.

The appearance of the English Prayer Book in 1549 meant that no part of the service would be in Latin (it was accompanied by a Welsh commentary). Doctrinal changes in a language alien to the ordinary people were now being imposed. These, and the extinction of many cherished features of traditional worship, touched off considerable resentment. As a staunch champion of the Catholic faith, the poet Siôn Brwynog, who lived in the parish of Llanddeusant, voiced popular unease in his poem ‘Y Ddwy Ffydd’ (The Two Faiths).

In the case of Llan-faes, Bulkeley, now wise with experience, had greased Cromwell’s palm with £100 in 1539 to secure the lease of the friary. The building was completely demolished in 1539–40, with most of the stone carted off to repair the town wall and quay at Beaumaris. At dissolution, the collegiate church at Holyhead – transformed following a period of reconstruction between 1480 and 1520 – was valued at £48. While the provost and twelve canons were pensioned off, the church of Saint Cybi continued as an ordinary parish church; its revenues would later be bequeathed to Jesus College, Oxford.

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