Laird (Anglesey) Ltd. Photographic Records

Scope and Content

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.

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.


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.

Access Information

Dim cyfyngiadau/ No Restrictions

Acquisition Information

Adnau preifat / Private deposit.


Os gwelwch yn dda archebwch y dogfenau gan ddefnyddio y rhif cyfeirnod amgen (lle ddarperidd) / Please order documents using the alternative reference number (where provided)

Other Finding Aids

Mae copiau clawr caled o`r catalogau ar gael yn Archifau Ynys Môn ac yn y Gofrestr Cenedlaethol Archifau. Polisi Archifau Ynys Môn yw catalogio yn iaith y ddogfen./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.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Cyflwr da /Good condition

Archivist's Note

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

Appraisal Information

Mae'r holl gofnodiadau sy'n cydymffurfio â pholisi casglu Swyddfa Gofnodi Cyngor Sir Ynys Môn wedi eu cadw /All records which meet the collection policy of the Anglesey Archives have been retained.

Custodial History

Deposited by Laird (Anglesey) Ltd, 1979.


Mae croniadau yn bosibl/Accruals are possible

Related Material

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