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posted 02-28-2001 01:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for AJR     Edit/Delete Message
Have posted a picture of this castle on the Photo Archive. I cannot find any reference to it in any of my books. Can anyone shed any light on its history ? I suspect that it is a modern tower, but cannot be sure.
Many thanks.

The broken stones, the ruined walls,
'Tis few who know where hist'ry falls.

Philip Davis
posted 02-28-2001 10:44 AM           Edit/Delete Message
The Roman fort of Caer Gybi has been suggested as a medieval fortification (Some of the roman walls have medieval repairs) but is rarely described as a castle and your picture clearly isn't Caer Gybi. The RCAHMW database has no listing of a Llanfawr castle in Anglesey and Llanfawr appears to be a place in inland Angelesey some way from Holyhead. The RACHMW database does list a folly at Soldier's point on the coast, close to Holyhead, but I can't find a picture and the map doesn't quite match with your photo. I see there is a Holyhead site at http://www.holyhead.com/index.html with a message board so perhaps you could post there.

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A Knight
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posted 03-01-2001 01:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for A Knight   Click Here to Email A Knight     Edit/Delete Message
Looks like a modern (19th Century Tower) to me.
I've looked at the RCAHM Inventory for Anglesey. No mention of Llanfawr Castle - but from the map there is a location next to a small bay about 1 mile east of Holyhead called Llanfawr - possible location? - no tower shown on map.

Andy Knight

Philip Davis
posted 03-01-2001 04:20 PM           Edit/Delete Message
A further look at the 1891 map has shown me there is a place called Llanfawr just east of Holyhead (actually looks like a large house with an avenue of trees and a lodge) Perhaps the castle was a folly for this house, and in a vunarable position on the coast and probably built fairly cheaply I can well imagine that it has long been destroyed. You can find the 1891 map online at http://www.old-maps.co.uk/oldSite/10angle411/HTML/fs_41011NE1o.htm

Please let us know what you do find out, if anything, from the people of Holyhead themselves.

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posted 03-02-2001 01:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for AJR     Edit/Delete Message
I had an e-mail this morning from the Holyhead website (thanks Philip) - the site is apparently known locally as Peibio Castle. The local historian is currently away, but I have been told that he will provide information regarding its history next week. Will keep you informed.

The broken stones, the ruined walls,
'Tis few who know where hist'ry falls.

[This message has been edited by AJR (edited 03-02-2001).]

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posted 03-02-2001 06:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for AJR     Edit/Delete Message
Philip, I checked out that old map. Although it may just be coincidence, there is a headland called "Ynys Pibio", which may be the position for the tower. Will let you know.

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posted 03-22-2001 02:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for AJR     Edit/Delete Message
Have just received details regarding this site.
Apparently, Peibio (or Llanfawr) Castle was built because of the threat of the French invasion in 1802. The Royal Navy had a team of men runners known as Sea Fencibles (possibly local fishermen / ex Royal Navy personnel). Peibio Castle and Salt Island would have been used as sea defences.
Other than this, I am told that history on this place is hard to find. Thanks for the link Philip, which, as usual, has turned up trumps.

Many thanks

Philip Davis
posted 03-22-2001 05:00 AM           Edit/Delete Message
Ah a sort of martello tower then. Nice that it had some defensive function to justify the castle name.

Peter Scott Roberts
posted 11-16-2001 04:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Peter Scott Roberts   Click Here to Email Peter Scott Roberts     Edit/Delete Message
I am currently researching the history of two fortifications situated at each side of a beach called Penrhos Beach (the older name was Borthwen). I am not sure who suggested that it was one of the sea fencibles`s fortifications but I would be very grateful if you could put me in touch. So far I have been unable to find anything to support this claim. I have delved into the records at Kew but sadly there only appears to be a few pay sheets regarding the Holyhead branch of the Cambrian Sea Fencibles. Although the castle seen in the photogaph appears to be old, I doubt very much that it is genuine.
I used to play on this castle as a boy and I remeber it being intact. with two arches to the left hand side. I am certain that I have a photograph taken sometime in the fifties shoeing it in fairly good condition.
The proper name for the castle is Peipio Castle and is situated on `Ynys Peibeio` (Peibio Island). This is on land that was owned at one time by the LLanfawr Estate.
I am not too sure but I think the last owner was Lady Kathleen Stanley. At one time the estate was in turn part of the Penrhos Estate who`s land on the opposit side of the bay stands the other larger fortification.

Kind Regards Peter Scott Roberts

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posted 11-20-2001 05:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for AJR     Edit/Delete Message
You probably won't believe this, but I've LOST the piece of paper with the person's e-mail details. I'm packing to move, so that's my excuse. Anyhow, I left a message on the "Holyhead" website listed by Philip Davis in the second posting on this topic, and received an answer from someone called Ann. You may wish to do the same. Sorry that I cannot be of any help, but if I ever find that piece of paper, I make a note of it on this topic.

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