Wednesday, 6 May 2015


Here is a quartet of Rhyl postcards featuring the sea. It is the town's biggest friend and potentially our biggest enemy. Maybe one day Rhyl shall be a new Atlantis, and deep sea divers might find the Children’s Village and decide it must have been some sort of temple.

Two of these cards are from the collection of the late Glyn Rees and two from Yours Truly. They are unposted and undated except the first one, a view from the pier, which is postmarked 1908:

The following shows what a hive of activity Foryd Harbour used to be. Look at all the workshops on your right! One such would have been Charles Jones timber merchants.

Next is a pre-World War 2 image of the sea, the pier and Rhyl Pavilion with colour added later:

Donkeys. Can’t go wrong with a donkeys picture!

Back to the Foryd for a calm scene with  in the background left to right – West Parade, Ocean Beach Fun Fair, Schooner pub, and in the distance the gasometers in Westbourne Avenue overlooking Marine Lake.

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