Sunday, 4 October 2015


Last Sunday I posted the above, a Rhyl cul-de-sac photographed last month by Yours Truly.

The question: What is its name?
The answer: Bridge Street.
If it were not a cul-de-sac, Bridge Street would lead to Ellis Avenue.

Also I posted the trio of Rhyl buildings shown below and said that one was never a school.
The question: Is the one that was never a school at the top, in the middle or at the bottom?
Click on any image to see a bigger version.

Marine Hydro, Arcville College, The Grange

The answer: At the top:
The building is a purpose-built hotel named the Marine Hydropathic or Marine Hydro which included a sea water spa. Later it was renamed Marina Hotel, and currently it a block of flats named Marina Apartments.
The picture is from Trefor Thompson's book 'Old Rhyl' and originally from the Harry Thomas Collection.

In the middle is Arcville College, a private school for girls in Russell Road. That may be Grosvenor Road on the left side. 
Eventually the school moved to 87 Russell Road (now Dolanog care home).
This picture is from Trefor's book and originally from Clwyd Record Office.

At the bottom is The Grange, East Parade, which now lies in ruins after a fire a few years ago. Well, back in the days when the building was named Moranedd it hosted for a while Blencathra School.
The pic is circa 1960s when called The Grange Private Hotel and is from my own collection.

Also posted was the photo below, showing an exterior wall plaque on a Rhyl building, taken last month by Yours Truly. The plaque refers to Mr. Robert Jones, a ship builder at Foryd Harbour.
The question: What is the name of the building?
wall plaque

The answer: Salem Chapel or Salem Centre, Warren Road. The plaque is to your right of the main door. The building is now under the wing of Ahmadiyya Muslim Association: 

Their slogan is Love for All, Hatred for None. I'll raise my glass of rosehip tea to that, and it would help if countries - including UK - stopped bombing Arab nations, creating chaos and lawlessness, giving rise to more terrorist and revenge groups, and helping to promote civil wars that cause torrents of refugees.

Scoring 1 win for any two correct answers, or 2 wins for all three are:
Richard & Ceri Swinney 2, The Great Gareth 2, Jane Shuttle 2.


I felt sorry but not surprised to hear that Clarks Shoes is or are about to move from White Rose Centre, High Street, Rhyl, to Parc Prestatyn following in the footsteps of Marks & Spencer. Shops that target families of similar income tend to to cluster together.

As soon as key areas near the centre of Rhyl were allowed to fill up with comparatively poor people from the cities the writing was on the wall for our "retail offer". New and more carefully-balanced housing policies are needed to restore the town's social diversity.