Allt Goch, Red Hill, Beaumaris
by Al Ginnelly
Whenever I vist Anglesey I stay in Beaumaris and have got to know the area quite well, one street name that has me curious is Allt Goch, or Red Hill.
I looked up the origins of the name and found three trains of thought on why it was named this.
The oldest version is connected with the Roman Invasion of Anglesey, possible but to my mind unlikley as I was always taught the Romans crossed the straits in the vicinity of Brynsiencyn from Caernarfon.
The second possibility I found was, that there was resistance to the removal of the people of the village of Llanfaes in the time of Edward the 1st, this was to prevent an uprising of the Welsh against the new Beaumaris castle.
They were moved to a new borough to the west of the Island (Niwbwrch?). The resitance supposedly resulted in a river of blood flowing down the hill. Again, I find this unlikely as the villagers moved, had there been resistance I doubt anyone from the village would have been allowed to survive.
The third possibility is that it was named after the blood spilt during Siege of Beaumaris in the English Civil War in 1648, the commander was General Thomas Mytton (A parliamentarian)
I have no clue as to which of these is correct but I'd be more inclined to go with the Civil War version as it is most recent and a viable option.
If anyone has more accurate local knowledge could they please put me out of my misery?
I'd be interested to hear any other possible origins as well.
Intersting question, Al.
Give me a moment or two to think about this.
By the way, please send me a picture or two of Beaumaris or even of yourself. In the UK or better still, Santiago, Chile.
Thanks for getting in touch again. Much appreciated.