Thursday, 18 June 2009


At the top of the hill in Rhuddlan Road, on corner of Pen y Cefndy, there used to be a pair of water towers. They are pictured above (TOP) during a rare snowfall.

The towers served Rhyl from 1897 as part of a system which pumped water to the whole Rhyl district from the Dolwen Reservoir in Llannefydd. The smaller tower was older and the first to disappear; the big one was demolished in 1982.

The colour picture is a view from Rhuddlan Road showing Bibury Lodge at the foot of the big tower. In the 1940s and ‘50s the house had beautiful gardens with ponds, an orchard, glass houses and grapevines; it was demolished shortly after the big tower.

My thanks to readers George Owen and Angela for sending a goodwill message, both pictures and all the information.