Newborough, Anglesey

Newborough (Welsh: Niwbwrch) is a village in the south-western corner of the Isle of Anglesey in Wales; it is in the community (and former electoral ward) of Rhosyr, which has a population of 2,169,[1] increasing to 2,226 at the 2011 census.[2] the village itself having a population of 892 with 68% born in Wales.[3]

Location within Anglesey
Population2,226 (2011)
OS grid referenceSH425655
  • Rhosyr
Principal area
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Historic county
  • Anglesey
Postcode districtLL61
Dialling code01248
PoliceNorth Wales
FireNorth Wales
UK Parliament
Senedd Cymru – Welsh Parliament
List of places
53.16479°N 4.35900°W / 53.16479; -4.35900


In medieval Gwynedd, Rhosyr was the royal demesne (Welsh: maerdref) and seat of governance for the commote of Menai.[4] The ruined court buildings of Llys Rhosyr ('Rhosyr Court') lie on the outskirts of the present village. Their precise nature is uncertain, but archaeologists at Gwynedd Archaeological Trust consider them to have been a royal home and have established an exhibition of their findings in the village's Pritchard Jones Institute.

Modern Newborough was founded by citizens of Llanmaes in eastern Anglesey who were evicted by Edward I in 1294 in order to promote his new port of Beaumaris. It was, literally, established as a "new borough" and gained its charter in 1303. In the 16th century, Newborough was the county town of Anglesey. It was home to a thriving marram grass industry, used for producing matting, nets and rope. From 1541 to 1553 the constituency of Newborough returned a member to the English Parliament. John Morgan, a blind musician living around 1740, played the crwth in the village.

Newborough is the home of the Prichard Jones Institute, considered an exceptional example of an early 20th-century public institution. The Institute and the six single-storey cottage homes that accompany it were a gift to the village by Sir John Prichard-Jones, who was born in Newborough. Sir John served an apprenticeship as a draper, eventually rising to become chairman of the Dickins & Jones department store in London, to which he gave his name. The Institute was designed by Roland Lloyd Jones and completed in 1905 at a cost of £20,000. The neo-Tudor style two-storey building, complete with clock tower, is an unusually lofty design for a location often buffeted by strong south-westerly winds. The Institute appeared on the BBC2 programme, Restoration, in 2006.

The Welsh name 'Niwbwrch' (pronounced as: nɪʊbuːrx) is a corrupted form of the English; 'Newborough' with the silent letters 'gh' mistaken for the Welsh letter 'Ch' which is pronounced aloud with the Voiceless velar fricative [x], akin to how the Welsh surname 'Goch' mutated into the anglicised spelling 'Gough'.


The village and its environs provides walking opportunities for visitors, including at Newborough Warren, one of the largest areas of sand dunes found in the British Isles, and Newborough Forest, a 2,000-acre (8 km²) woodland. Much of the area around Newborough has been declared a nature reserve, making it popular for those interested in geology, botany, birds and other wildlife.

Newborough with Snowdonia in background

There is an expansive sandy Blue Flag beach at Llanddwyn, which provides access to Ynys Llanddwyn, a mile-long rocky promontory. The remains of the 16th-century church of Dwynwen, the Welsh patron saint of lovers, is located on the island.

Traeth Llanddwyn is a popular kitesurfing location.

Newborough has a primary school, Ysgol Gynradd Niwbwrch, which has 63 pupils on roll. 71% of those pupils come from Welsh-speaking homes.[5]

Just outside the village, on the B4419 towards Llangaffo, is Tacla Taid, the Anglesey Transport and Agriculture Museum, which is the largest of its kind in Wales.

Sons and daughters of Newborough

  • Sir John Prichard-Jones
  • William Jones (1842–1907), master mariner, industrialist and civic leader

Movies & Television filmed in Newborough

Photos of Newborough


  1. Office for National Statistics : Neighbourhood Statistics : Census 2001 : Isle of Anglesey
  2. "Ward/Community population 2011". Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  4. Lloyd, John E. A History of Wales from the Earliest Times to the Edwardian Conquest, p. 232. Longmans, Green, & Co. (London), 1911. Accessed 20 Feb 2013.
  5. "Ysgol Gynradd Niwbwrch | Estyn". Retrieved 14 March 2017.