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Anglesey Archives
Anglesey Constabulary, oral history recordings

Reference code(s): GB 0221 2379

Held at: Anglesey Archives

Title: Anglesey Constabulary, oral history recordings

Short Title: Anglesey Constabulary, oral history recordings

Creation date(s): [1985] - 1985 Feb. 4

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.005 cubic metres (2 items)

Name of creator(s): Dr. H. K. Birch and Margaret H. Birch


Administrative/Biographical history: The Anglesey Constabulary was formed in 1857, to replace the existing parish constables in enforcing the law. The Chief Constable's Office was located in Llangefni. In 1950, the Anglesey, Caernarfonshire and Merionethshire police forces were amalgamated under the Police Act 1946 to form the Gwynedd Constabulary. Sergeant Hope served with with the Anglesey Constabulary between 1920 and 1948. He was born in Caernarfon in 1898. His first job was as a clerk in the County Offices. After war service, he was offered a role as a clerk in the Holyhead Police Station. By 1920, he was working as a Policeman. Eventually, he was promoted to Clerk Sergeant and then, Section Sergeant. He left the police force in 1948, at the age of 50. PC John Hughes was employed by the Anglesey Constabulary between 1921 and 1950. PC Hughes was one of many who helped to recover bodies from HMS Thetis during the salvage operations.


Scope and content/abstract: ORAL HISTORY RECORDING 1: Interview with Ex. Sergeant Hope - the only surviving member of the old Anglesey Police Force. TRACK 1 (SIDE A): Synopsis: Mr Hope recalls his time with the Anglesey Police Force (later North Wales Police) between 1920 and 1948. He remembers his time at Holyhead and Valley Stations, recalling the many incidents and colleagues he has worked with. He recounts many stories from his early days in the Force including driving a drunkard to the police station in a horse and cart; retrieving a handbag containing over £60 and getting a reward of a shilling; calling in at address in Holyhead in search of a pair of stolen shoes and finding the house full of stolen goods; a fellow Policeman being knifed by a soldier; and a thief stealing chewing gum from a vending machine in the Valley Railway Station. He also recalls the crime and tragedies that occurred during World War II in Anglesey. TRACK 2 (SIDE B) Synopsis: Mr Hope remembers The murder of PC Pritchard in 1924, and The Red Sands murder in Red Wharf Bay. He also talks about the many Colleagues he Knew. He talks about his social life as a Policeman. He had to keep record of everything he did in his notebook e.g. going to church or going to the pub all had to be recorded. His wife also had to help out e.g. answering the phone, preparing meals for prisoner in the cells and cleaning the Courtroom. All this work was done for little or no pay. ORAL HISTORY RECORDING 2: Interview with Mrs Hughes, widow of PC John Hughes. Synopsis: Mrs Hughes recalls the life and the work of her late husband PC John Hughes, who died in 1964. Mrs Hughes remembers their early married life and how she had assisted her husband with his duties. She recalls other aspects of policing, such as transport, uniforms, pay and holidays. She discusses her husband's involvement with HMS Thetis, a submarine that was grounded in Anglesey in 1939.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply

Physical characteristics: Medium: CD. WAV File format

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Archifau Ynys Môn / Anglesey Archives and the National Register of Archives. It is the policy of Archifau Ynys Môn / Anglesey Archives to catalogue in the language of the document.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been appraised and these were selected for retention.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history: These recording were copied from two tape cassettes at the Anglesey Archives in November 2011.

Immediate source of acquisition: Private deposit


Existence and location of originals: The Depositor has retained the original tape cassettes.


Note: These items can be listened to in the public searchroom. A headset will be provided for this purpose.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Hayden Burns for Archifau Ynys Môn / Anglesey Archives.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: November 2011

Police | Wales | Anglesey

Personal names
Hope , [?] , 1898 - [1980s] , Anglesey Constabulary
Hughes , John , d. 1964 , Anglesey Constabulary

Corporate names
Anglesey Constabulary
Gwynedd Constabulary

Anglesey (Wales)
Holyhead (Wales)
Llangefni (Wales)
Red Wharf Bay (Wales)

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