Wednesday, 8 July 2009


Melba CafeLast Wednesday I posted the photograph above (TOP, left) and asked where in Rhyl you would find the building. The answer is 56 Water Street on a corner of Crescent Road.

First correct answer came from regular contributor Gaynor Williams who went the extra mile and provided the black-and-white picture. It was taken about 1905 when the building was young and it was the home of Wadsworth pianos & music shop.

 (I’m obliged to Mr. Colum McCormack of Dyserth Road, Rhyl, for pointing out that the date 1903 appears on the back of the building.)

Mr. Arthur Jones of Vale Road, Rhyl, remembers the upper part of the corner being occupied by the Melba Cafe. Later there was a Welsh souvenir shop on that corner and quite recently offices of Clwyd Alyn Housing Association, which may account for why the clock isn’t working. Only joking!!