Once the most populated part
of Anglesey with more than 1,000 ale houses, the
fortunes of Amlwch rose and fell with the copper
industry of nearby Parys Mountain. Although the
Neolithic Ordovices tribe and the Romans
extracted copper ore from the mountain, it
wasn’t until the 18th century that extraction
reached an industrial scale and Amlwch became
a key trading port.
Later faced with strong international competition, though, Amlwch returned to its role as a fishing port. Our Lady Star of the Sea is an unusual 1930s church built from reinforced concrete. Its ribs represent an upturned boat complete with round portholes.