Thursday, 18 March 2010


These are pictures of Queen’s Palace, West Parade. The first image was sent by Diana & Berwyn Jones; the drawing in the middle is from Rhyl History Club Community Archive and shows the dome falling the wrong way. The third picture is from my own collection, a card postmarked 1907.

Queen’s Palace opened on August 1st 1902 and operated only during summer seasons. The ballroom on the ground floor was said to be big enough for 2,000 couples; the theatre upstairs was luxurious.

There were fun fair-style rides and sideshows in the basement and roof gardens where you might have seen Wild Man from Borneo or Saccho the Fasting Man. The latter was summonsed for not paying for meals supplied to him by a local caterer during a 'forty days fast'.

The business lasted only five years before being terminated by a fire but the building itself was not destroyed beyond repair. Eventually the ground floor and first floor came back into use under new management.

SUN 5th MAR 2017 UPDATE: Recently the following pictures came to hand showing the aftermath of the Queen's Palace fire. The first seems likely to have been taken in the shopping arcade in between the Queens Hotel and Queen's Palace.

The one below is an enigma in terms of where exactly the photographer was standing. I would guess that the alley was at rear of the Hotel.