Newborough, Anglesey, North Wales

Newborough village is the gateway to one of Anglesey's most dramatic corners - Newborough Beach and Forest leading onto the most romantic island of all, Llanddwyn Island, named after the Welsh patron saint of Lovers St Dwynwen. The forest is home to red squirrels, a nature reserve and a fantastic range of walks, running trails and cycle routes.

Newborough was formerly Rhosyr, an important place in Medieval Wales, as it was thought to be the royal seat for Menai land estate. Remains of the royal court at Llys Rhosyr lie just outside the village.

Newborough was named as it was just that - a new borough for the rebellious Welsh ousted by Edward I when he moved the port from Llanfaes to Beaumaris. It was previously home to a thriving marram grass industry, which was used for ropes and nets and a wonderful restaurant just outside the village sports the Marram Grass name.

Newborough also has the Pritchard Jones Institute - a tudor building and 6 cottages gifted to the village from apprentice draper John Pritchard Jones, who hailed from the village, and whose career took him to become chairman of Dickins and Jones in London. The regent street store was the first acquisition of Harrods and still trades today under the House of Fraser banner.

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