From The Neolithic To The Sea: A Journey From The Past To The Present


53° 21′ 12.64″ N 4° 14′ 8.16″ W

  • History
  • Gallery
Moelfre is a small village on the north-east coast of the Isle of Anglesey in Wales.

The village is clustered around a small sheltered harbour protected from the north by a large headland and the rocky island of Ynys Moelfre. The community area covers the village and harbour, and several smaller, dispersed settlements. It includes six scheduled Iron Age hut groups and many other sites of archaeological interest. The village had no street lights in until after the Second World War, when they were installed as a memorial to the village's war dead.

The harbour was formerly a local fishing port and a RNLI lifeboat station has been based in Moelfre since 1854. The station has a distinguished history, including the Hindlea rescue in 1959, when all the crew were rescued. The lifeboat station is open to the public for most of the year, and houses the Tamar-class lifeboat Kiwi and the inshore inflatable D-class lifeboat (IB1) Enfys.

Among many shipwrecks off the coast was that of the Royal Charter in 1859, when it was nearing the end of its voyage from Australia to Liverpool. A memorial on the headland and an obelisk in Llanallgo Churchyard commemorate the 400 lives lost. Another is the wreck of the Princess Amelia in 1868 on Lligwy beach, and the Kate which caught on fire off Moelfre harbour in 1933. Many ships, like the Royal Charter and, 100 years later, the Hindlea II, ended up driven by autumn or spring gales onto the shore. On the 500m of coast south of Moelfre there are the wrecks of the Brothers 1826, the Sarah Davison 1881, the Riviera 1882, the Dart 1888, the Alexandrina 1890, the Margaret Elizabeth 1906, the Dinas 1907, the Jewess 1910 and the William Henry 1915.

On July 30, 1862, the screw sloop Enrica, soon to be commissioned as the Confederate States of America warship CSS Alabama, sheltered in Moelfre Bay while evading both British customs authorities and the USS Tuscarora, which had been sent to capture or sink her.

A statue of Richard Evans, lifeboat man, was unveiled in 2004 by Prince Charles, outside the Seawatch Museum, which is close to the lifeboat station. It presents information relating to the area and the history of the lifeboats associated with Moelfre.