HISTORY

Rhoscolyn has a fascinating history, with its patron saint, Gwenfaen, first making her home and church here in 630 AD. Some say that the druids’ last stand against the Romans, who invaded Mona (Anglesey) in 60 or 61 AD, was at Cymyran, the inland sea between Mona and Holy Island and the open sea, south of Four Mile Bridge.  Anglesey itself also has a very interesting history.

Maes y Gwyddau then
Maes y Gwyddau then

This picture came to us from Jacqui Wild, via Huw Jones. It was rebuilt it in the 1960’s by the Hamilton family:

Maes y Gwyddau being rebuilt
Maes y Gwyddau rebuilt

We have featured Maes y Gwyddau before, having always known it as the Hoopsii House as it was where our cat Hoopsii was found, having disappeared just before we left Rhoscolyn after our Summer holidays. Perhaps it was Jacqui’s family who found him and passed him to the Reverend Banks who parcelled him up and put him on a train to Euston for my mother to pick up!

Gwyddau translated means geese, so Huw tells us. So Maes y Gwyddau is Goose House. Presumably years back somebody kept geese there.

Susan Hanbury, who also remembers the cottage in the old days, thinks the pictures are 1968/69. She remembers Sam and Mary Williams (Godparents to her and her sister, Mary) living there before moving to Holyhead (perhaps they it was who found Hoopsii for us). She also remembers (as do I) Huw lleurad living there and blowing the roof off changing a gas bottle. Which, as she says, could explain the state of the roof in the first photograph above!