Tuesday, 21 July 2009


Above (TOP) is a postcard from the batch supplied by Ann Hayes of Ruthin. It shows Wellington Road near the turning for Kings Avenue.

Ann says, ‘This card was posted in June 1911 between Vancouver and Blanchard City, both in Canada. It says on the back that the sender's children are at school in the house marked with a cross. Under the street sign for Kings Avenue there is an advertisement for Allendale Boarding Establishment and on the fence below a notice for Tennis Lawn Glanmorfa, both with arrows pointing down the avenue.’

The other picture was taken today by Yours Truly. The shop with the blue fascia is Lloyds Pharmacy and on the opposite corner, behind the wall is Kings House Surgery (Dr. Landon). Buildings on the right-hand side of the road are houses of multiple occupation comprising flatlets and bedsits, some of which seem to be in poor condition.

SAT 18th FEB 2017 UPDATE: Further to the phrase Tennis Lawn Glanmorfa above, here is an advertising card dated 1914. It shows the rear of the Glanmorfa building and tennis court which, in today’s terms, would be in Plas y Brenin.


The premises were eventually taken over by the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) as a hostel and conference centre. Here are shots of the exterior and interior:

SAT 10th MAR 2018 UPDATE: Below is Glanmorfa as viewed from Kings Avenue. (The houses furthest right are in Wellington Road):