The Menai Bridge was the first iron suspension bridge in the world. Built by Thomas Telford, work began in 1819 and was completed and the bridge opened in 1926. Up until then the only crossing was a dangerous one by boat.
Just to the middle-ish left of the picture, just about visible, is a tiny church, tucked away at the base of the hill.
I must find the way down there.
And looking as though it’s almost under the bridge is a house which, if I’m not mistaken, was featured in the TV programme, George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces.
You might wonder who in their right mind would have built houses in the middle of the Strait when it’s liable to such flooding as below. This stretch of the Strait is called The Swellies for obvious reasons and it’s situated between the two bridges – The Suspension Bridge and The Britannia Bridge.
But…there was method in the madness as the next photo explains.
It does seem an extreme way to fish although it worked very well as a fish trap and I imagine the catch was worth it. In the late 19th century when the island was acquired by a private buyer, a herring/whitebait business was developed. Due to an increase in tourism in the 20th century, it became fashionable for people to visit the island and enjoy (?) a Gorad Whitebait Tea. They would follow a footpath to shore where a bell was placed for the purpose of summoning a boat from the island to transport them across.