Trearddur


Trearddur or Trearddur Bay (Welsh: Bae Trearddur) is a village, seaside resort and community south of Holyhead on the west coast of Holy Island off the north-west coast of Anglesey in Wales. The community includes the small settlement of Penrhosfeilw.

Trearddur Bay
Trearddur Bay
Location within Anglesey
Population1,686 (2011)
Community
  • Trearddur
Principal area
Ceremonial county
CountryWales
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townHolyhead
Postcode districtLL65
PoliceNorth Wales
FireNorth Wales
AmbulanceWelsh
List of places
UK
Wales
Anglesey
53.283°N 4.617°W / 53.283; -4.617

Name


Historically the bay on which the village sits was known as Porth y Capel (Welsh: bay of the chapel) and the nearby dunes as Towyn y Capel (dune of the chapel). The village name is recorded variously as Treffyarddr, Tre Iarthur and Trefarthur with Trearddur first recorded in 1749. All versions signify the settlement of Iarddur, a key figure in the Middle Ages.[1]

History


At the centre of the beach lies an ancient burial ground known by the old names[clarification needed] and which was excavated in 2003.

At the 2001 census, the community had a population of 1,858,[2] reducing to 1,686 at the 2011 census.[3]

As with many places on the Welsh coast Trearddur is quite Anglicized with 44% of the population born in England.[4]

Amenities


There are two general shops in the centre of the village, along with a garage, two golf courses, one 18-hole (Holyhead Golf Club), and one small 9-hole, and two hotels including a large hotel, Trearddur Bay Hotel, which overlooks the beach. There is also a number of self-catering holiday cottages, many with views of the sea and easy access to the beaches.

On the two beaches — Porth Diana and the main beach — there are some shallow scuba diving sites, and the main beach is one of the tourist hotspots of Anglesey. There is excellent sea fishing in the area. Boat trips and fishing trips are available from the beach. Horse riding is available, as is kayaking and sailing. The seas around Holy Island provide some of the best kayaking in the world. Trearddur Bay Sailing Club (founded in 1919) has over 1000 members but, unusually, operates only in the month of August. Visitors can walk along the Anglesey Coastal Footpath towards neighbouring Rhoscolyn or in the other direction towards Porth Dafarch and on to South Stack and the RSPB Reserve and lighthouse.

Near the beach is a play area and a football pitch where Trearddur Bay United F.C. play.

The village has had a lifeboat station since 1967.[5]

The village hosts the Anglesey Oyster & Welsh Produce Festival.

Governance


Until 2012 an electoral ward existed of the same name. The ward included the community of Rhoscolyn with a total population of 2,228.[6] Following the Isle of Anglesey electoral boundary changes Trearddur became part of a larger Ynys Gybi ward, which includes part of Holyhead.[7]

At the local level, the electorate of Trearddur are represented by twelve community councillors on Trearddur Community Council.[8]

References


  1. Owen, Hywel Wyn; Morgan, Richard (2007). Dictionary of the Place-names of Wales (First ed.). Llandyssul, Ceredigion: Gomer Press. pp. 463–4. ISBN 9781843239017.
  2. "Parish Headcounts: Isle of Anglesey". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 20 March 2013.
  3. "Community population 2011". Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  4. UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Trearddur statistics (W04000874)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  5. "RNLI: Trearddur Bay". Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  6. "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  7. "Isle of Anglesey (Electoral Arrangements) Order 2012" (PDF). legisaltion.gov.uk. The National Archives. Retrieved 2 December 2017.
  8. "About Us". Trearddur Community Council. Retrieved 31 March 2019.