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Saints alive Perched on the headland overlooking Cemaes Bay, Llanbadrig Church owes its name to a famous visitor. Legend has it that St Patrick was shipwrecked near here in AD440. He survived his ordeal by sheltering in a nearby cave with its own freshwater spring, before founding the church to express his gratitude (Llanbadrig literally translates as ‘Church of St Patrick’). More adventurous visitors can even tackle the rocky descent to Patrick’s former shelter, now known as Ogof Padrig. Top gear There’s history with horsepower at Tacla Taid Transport and Agriculture Museum near Newborough. This collection of classic cars, bikes, trucks, tanks and tractors is a petrolhead’s playground. Among its 100-plus vehicles you’ll see the unmistakable shape of an early Land Rover. This world-famous wheeled workhorse is something of a local hero – it was dreamt-up and designed on a farm just a short distance from the museum. Open house Get a real feel for Anglesey life in days gone by at Swtan Heritage Museum in Church Bay. This 17th-century thatched cottage and outbuildings have been restored to how they were at the beginning of the last century, when their occupants lived off the land. Venture inside and you’ll find a compact space where the family once ate, cooked and slept in close proximity. There’s much more history and heritage on Anglesey than we have room for here. Turn to pages 50–53 or head to the Visit Anglesey website for more past masters. What’s in a name? We have the Vikings to thank for our island’s English name. In Old Norse, an -ey ending indicates an island named after a particular person, meaning that Anglesey probably derives from a long forgotten visitor called Ongl or Ongli. We don’t know who he was, but he definitely left his mark. The Welsh name Ynys Môn (‘The Isle of Môn’) is equally mysterious. Some say it is comes from an ancient princess called Mona, but the truth is lost in the mists of history. www.visitanglesey.co.uk www.discoveranglesey.com 33


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