Porth Wen and Cemaes Bay are the remains of Llanlleiana porcelain works which
is situated at the most northerly point in Wales. It produced porcelain
from deposits of china clay found on Dinas Gynfor nearby. The works consists
of a main building and a remote chimney, this was to direct the noxious
fumes away from the working areas. The works closed in 1920 after being damaged by fire.
Thanks to Norman Sheldrick for the above information. Further information
on the immediate area can be read here in the
form of notes by the Rev. W. Richards and written in 1923.
The works is next to the Anglesey coastal path and may be accessed by following
the path east from the church at Llanbadrig or west from Porth Wen.
This path involves some quite strenuous walking. Any further information
on this site is most welcome, please contact me here.
Some old postcard views of
Llanlleiana by kind permission of Andrew Morris
These views were all taken by
local photographer O. R. Morris who died in 1909
Llanlleiana means "church of the
nuns" and the works were built on the site of a convent. The
wall to protect the works from the sea can be seen on either side of the
flagpole. The building was also known as 'Llanlleiana Camp' as it was used
by Boy Scouts prior to the First World War.
The small quarry where the china clay was dug
is on the opposite hillside. Probably the corrugated iron roofed building
contained crushing machinery for the rock. The crushed rock would then
have been wheeled across to the works on the stone flagged path.
Cemaes bay brickworks and tramway
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