Friday, 27 February 2015


Rhyl is not usually associated with heavy industry. From before the town existed there was ship-building at the Foryd and, by 1848 when Rhyl got its railway station, we had a brick making industry too. There were brickworks at Cefndy Road to the south and at Tynewydd to the east. The images below are from a unique 2-volume set of information about Rhyl brickworks compiled by Diana Hannam who has a brickworks family background.

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This sepia photograph shows a competition winner in the 1924 May Day celebrations.

To add to her collection Diana Hannam would like to hear from anybody that may have some unpublished material relating to Rhyl brickworks. Meanwhile, as a former town and county councillor and former Mayor of Rhyl, she is an Independent candidate in the forthcoming by-election in Rhyl South West ward which is where she lives. Polling day is Thursday 19th March 2015.


SUN 15th MAR 2015 UPDATE: From files of the late Glyn Rees here

is a cutting from the Jan 18th 1978 edition of Rhyl Journal.
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TUE 17th MAR 2015 UPDATE: Diana Hannam reports that the crusher was offered for sale to Rhuddlan Borough Council to stay on site as an ornament for their forthcoming aquapark (a proposed redevelopment that never reached fruition). The council declined the offer, the crusher went to Rhydymwyn but didn’t survive – it was scrapped.