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Anglesey Archives
Laird (Anglesey) Ltd, photographic records

Reference code(s): GB 0221 WDAA

Held at: Anglesey Archives

Title: Laird (Anglesey) Ltd Photographic Records

Short Title: Laird (Anglesey) Ltd, photographic records

Creation date(s): 1942-[c. 1978]

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.103 cubic metres

Name of creator(s): Laird (Anglesey) Ltd


Administrative/Biographical history: The engineering company Laird (Anglesey) Ltd was formed c. 1968, incorporating the Beaumaris and Llangefni factories of Saunders-Roe (SARO) and the Birkenhead shipbuilders Cammell Laird. SARO originated as a boatbuilding company and became involved in aircraft manufacture during the Second World War as part of the Gloster Aircraft company. At this time the company opened a factory at Fryars in Llanfaes, Anglesey, converting and maintaining Catalina flying boats and launching them onto Fryars Bay. The company later moved into other military hardware and civilian vehicles. SARO and Laird contracts included amphibious and other marine craft, tanks, radar equipment, bridges, trackways, buses, tankers, containers, railway wagons, refuse collection vehicles, and masts for the Festival of Britain in 1951. The company, which is now (2003) known as FAUN Municipal Vehicles Ltd, took and collected a considerable number of photographs to record its activities.


Scope and content/abstract: Photographs, 1942-[c. 1978], of people, products, sites and activities connected with Laird (Anglesey) Ltd and especially SARO and Cammell Laird (Anglesey), together with related notes and a number of photographs of the Beaumaris regatta, the suspension bridge at South Stack, and other Anglesey scenes, including the engraved stone coffin of Joan (Siwan; d. 1237), the wife of Llywelyn ab Iorwerth, which was found near the Beaumaris factory.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: the firm (personnel; sales promotion; social events; the works premises); products (aircraft passenger gangways; amphibious craft; bridges; buses; containers; marine craft and equipment; marine equipment; Festival of Britain masts; funnel for ventilation shaft in a tunnel in Scotland; radar equipment; Royal Air Force bogies; 'Shark' refuse collection vehicles; tankers; tanks; 'toeing' [machine] in Shop 4; track layers; trackways; miscellaneous); miscellaneous photographs of Anglesey.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: No copies to be made without the written permission of the depositors (or their successor bodies).

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Archifdy Ynys Môn/Anglesey County Record Office, the National Library of Wales and the National Register of Archives. It is the policy of Gwasanaeth Archifdy Ynys Môn/Anglesey County Archives Service to catalogue in the language of the document.

Language codes: eng


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: Unknown

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by Laird (Anglesey) Ltd, 1979.


Related material: Further records are in Archifdy Ynys Môn/Anglesey County Record Office, WSM 505.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by David Moore for the ANW project. The following sources were consulted in the compilation of this description: Archifdy Ynys Môn/Anglesey County Record Office, Catalogue, Laird (Anglesey) Ltd Papers; British Defence Equipment Catalogue (BDEC) website (, viewed July 2003.

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2 and LCSH.

Date(s) of descriptions: July 2003

Catalina (Seaplane) | Photographs
Photograph collections | Wales | Anglesey
Vehicles | Wales | Anglesey | Photographs
Vehicles, Military | Wales | Anglesey | Photographs

Personal names

Corporate names
Cammell Laird Shipbuilders Ltd
Laird (Anglesey) Ltd
Saunders Roe Limited

Anglesey (Wales)
Beaumaris (Wales)
Llangefni (Wales)

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