Thursday, 18 February 2010


A new contributor Mrs. Sandra Williams (was Roose) is studying her family history and has sent these pictures of her grandfather Thomas Watkins Roose, Rhyl’s last official town crier. Later town criers were not in the same sense official.

Sandra says, “Thomas Watkins Roose was born in Greenfield in 1863 and moved to Rhyl in his teens with his three brothers. I’m not sure of the dates when he was town crier but I do know that he died in 1929. I have his bell; it could be an old ship’s bell – his father was a Master Mariner.”

There are more of Sandra’s pictures to come.