Thursday, 13 August 2009


Recent mention of The Swan Inn, Russell Road, triggered a fast response from regular contributor George Owen who supplied the picture above.

George says, “Here is a nice shot of the pub taken in the 1920s and showing a garden in front; it was taken before the bay windows were put in. The big 1920s Swan over the door is different from the smaller one in your previous picture, and recently the barmaid told me that the Swan over the doorway was once nicked and had to be replaced.” (What? In Rhyl? Surely not! – Ed.)

George continues, “Incidentally The Swan was, until recently at least, the only Rhyl pub to be featured in the UK Good Pub Guide. In 2007 the publicans Noel and Amanda and staff won the Thwaites Brewery Best Staff Award. This year Noel and Amanda bought the tenancy from the brewery.”

As an implacable enemy of the alcohol industry, I have to admit that The Swan building looks jolly nice. In terms of appearance it is a credit to the town centre – and there are pictures of old Rhyl inside.

FRI 25th NOV 2016 UPDATE: The following advert is said to be from 1920s. The proprietor Joseph Jones ran the pub from 1911 until his death in 1944. Then his son Joseph William (J.W.) Jones the local historian took over until 1958.

The following references are added here for indexing purposes: Wilderspool brewery, Warrington brewery, Bass brewery.

TUE 10th JAN 2017 UPDATE: Joseph Jones senior appears in this photo taken at a Fire Brigades conference, London, circa 1937.
Lieutenant Joseph Jones of Rhyl, publican and volunteer fireman, is 6th from your right wearing a light-coloured trilby hat.

In the detail below, Mr. Jones is under the red dot:

Swan Inn

SAT 20th JAN 2018 UPDATE: From a 2017 Internet auction – a rare and unaffordable postcard of the Swan Inn.