Crossing the Menai

£19.99

Crossing the Menai
An illustrated history of the ferries and bridges of the Menai Strait

Reg Chambers Jones
Illustrated, 144pp, 8pp colour plates, case bound, sewn. 190 x 245mm
ISBN 978-1-84494-074-5
£19.99

The Menai Strait, separating the island of Anglesey from the mainland, has historically been a major obstacle to communication in north-west Wales. From the earliest recorded crossing by the forces of the Roman general Suetonius Paulinus in 61AD, to the completion of Thomas Telford’s suspension bridge in 1826, this narrow stretch of water caused travellers to take their lives in their hands. Crossing the Menai chronicles the story of the various ferries that operated for hundreds of years and the two bridges that were hailed as marvels of nineteenth-century civil engineering. Profusely illustrated, in both colour and monochrome, this book examines both the people (ferry operators and passengers) and the boats that crossed from Bangor to Beaumaris and Porthaethwy, Y Felinheli (Port Dinorwic) to Moel-y-Don and Caernarfon to Tal-y-Foel, Aber Menai and Aber. Two chapters are devoted to the construction of the Menai and Britannia Bridges and a final chapter examines the pleasure steamers that made the longer journeys from Liverpool to Llandudno, Beaumaris, Bangor, Menai Bridge and Caernarfon.

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