Get off the beaten track and discover hidden Anglesey. With ancient tombs, ghostly gaols and a famous false leg, our island is packed A legendary leg When Henry William Paget, later the Marquess of Anglesey, was hit by cannon fire at the Battle of Waterloo, his reaction was pure British stiff upper lip. ‘By God sir, I’ve lost my leg!’ he is reputed to have said, to which the nearby Duke of Wellington responded, ‘By God sir, so you have!’ Following his return from the war, the Marquess was fitted with a wooden replacement. Hinged at the knee and ankle, it was the most sophisticated prosthetic of its time and came to be know as the ‘Anglesey leg’. This famous limb is now on display at the National Trust’s Plas Newydd, former home of the Marquess. Regal remains Walk in the footsteps of Welsh kings at Llys Rhosyr near Newborough. One of around 20 courts maintained by Llywellyn the Great during the early part of the 13th century, this is the only one that has ever been found. Llywellyn ruled the Kingdom of Gwynedd that covered most of Wales until the arrival of Edward I in 1282. The conquerors destroyed the courts, all but erasing a huge part of Welsh history. Exploring these remains is a true one-of-a-kind Anglesey experience that no time-traveller should miss. Stone age See some real old-timers on the craggy coastline of South Stack. The rocks here date back about 600 million years, making them among the oldest in the country. Thought to have formed in the Precambrian period, these stony superstars are twisted into a series of spectacular folds. You can get a great look at these fantastic formations as you negotiate the 400 steps down to the famous lighthouse that sits at South Stack’s highest point. A pop pilgrimage South Stack is a rock star in its own right, but it really hit the charts when it was featured on the cover of Roxy Music’s 1975 album Sirens. The iconic image of model Jerry Hall was taken directly beneath the bridge linking South stack to Holy Island. The location was picked by the band’s lead singer Bryan Ferry after he saw a TV documentary about Anglesey’s geology. It seems that music wasn’t the only rock he was interested in. Visit yourself and you’ll quickly see why the place caught his eye. with unusual things to see and do.
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