Thursday, 10 December 2009


The larger picture is from the collection of Gaynor Williams and was probably taken in the 1950s. It shows the shop F. Matthews, jeweller, silversmith and clock/watch repairer at 32-32a Water Street.

I wonder who the chaps in enlarged detail are. Does anybody know? Please send an email to:

[The shop's main claim to fame according to Bill Ellis is that in 1964 he bought an engagement ring there - and he still has the receipt.]

Details on the far right of the larger picture indicate the shop is next door to the left of the present Citizen's Advice Bureau. For a long time this shop belonged to Orama Radio & TV operated by Paul & Christine Sumner who retired a couple of years ago.


WED 1st JUL 2015 UPDATE: Sad to note here that Paul Sumner passed away in August 2012 after a probable heart attack. This year I have seen Christine and can report she is bearing up reasonably well under the circumstances and continues to reside at their family home in St. Mary's Court, Rhyl.

WED 26th JUL 2017 UPDATE: The following pic dated 1964 shows Orama located on the opposite side of Water Street. Left to right: Post Office, then T.H. Griffiths bakers, and then Orama.