Wednesday, 7 July 2010


A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting Liz Espley (was Roberts) and seeing a wonderful photo album that belonged to her mother who was Dilys Howell Roberts.

Dilys worked as a nurse at Royal Alexandra Hospital, Rhyl, from 1921 until she married in 1928; she is shown in the portrait below, and is the one holding the baby in the group photo.

Royal Alexandra Hospital, RhylThe following snapshot of the Alex, taken from the rear (then a garden, now a car park) captures the west wing and part of the central building.

The black-and-white picture below shows children and carers from the hospital gathered together in a High Street shop to watch a street parade. The shop was L.S. Williams’ and it was on the corner where today you would find Next shop.

My thanks to Liz Espley, who was herself a nurse in Birmingham in the 1950s, for bringing the album and joining me in tea for two.