Thursday, 3 September 2009


Here is another gem from the collection of Gaynor Williams. The photograph was taken in 1904 during a visit to Rhyl by the National Eisteddfod. It shows a choir rehearsal and it gives a rare glimpse inside Rhyl Palace. This was the main hall and theatre of the failed Winter Gardens attraction that opened in 1876.

By 1904 most of the land had been sold off for residential development but Rhyl Palace, which stood in Wellington Road between Palace Avenue and Butterton Road, outlived the gardens.