Wednesday, 25 February 2015


Elwy Street

These two images were sent by email from a reader on behalf of somebody who wished to remain anonymous. The picture at the top (Young Women’s Christian Association Home, Rhyl) was dated 1912.
The picture underneath (Swanswell House, Tel. Rhyl 691) was undated.
I didn't know these buildings - or thought I didn't!

Jane Shuttle has identified the one at the top as being in Elwy Street, adjacent to the dentists'; it may still have a Christian connection because the name is Holyrood House.
Jane has identified the other as part of East Parade Apartments, 46-48 East Parade, flats belonging to Haigh Properties. 

Jane was joint-winner of our quiz last time and will be a formidable participant in the new series. We had better all get our act together including me.

Colin Jones / email:

MON 27th APR 2015 UPDATE: A note by the late Glyn Rees says that in the 1930s the Young Women's Christian Association was at Bron Haul, Brighton Road, which is now a care home.
In more recent times YWCA was at 17 Bedford Street which is no longer used for that purpose. At present the organisation does not have a base
in Rhyl.

MON 5th DEC 2016 UPDATE: Confirmation that Bron Haul was indeed a YWCA Hostel. See lower part of the following image.

Bron Haul, Brighton Road

The upper part, a photo of ladies with a fox terrier dog is unrelated to the building's time as a hostel. It would be later, care home days (1950s?)