Thursday, 22 October 2015


Last month's post titled Rhuddlan Days brought correspondence. "I used to think of Rhuddlan as a village on the edge of Rhyl," says Dewi Roberts, "Now I think of Rhyl as a town on the edge of Rhuddlan." 

Rhuddlan Castle, St. Mary's Church on a high bank on the northwest side of River Clwyd, and Parliament House in High Street, are well documented elsewhere. So is the bridge over the river - which once was the only way to get from Rhyl to Abergele.

Here are five less ancient sights from my own own collection:

Above: High Street. On your left the Vicarage Lane turning. On your right Victoria Buildings on corner of Princes Road; the shop with a conical shape over a bay window is eternally - for me - Marsden's. The building still exists and still catches the eye.

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Below:The colour photo shows the Children's Pool at Sun Valley Holiday Camp; the camp was and still is in Marsh Road, Rhuddlan.
The black-and-white shows Pleasant View Camp in Abbey Road, currently known as Pleasant View Park.

Below is another old shot of Pleasant View Camp. The modern building far right is Rhuddlan Primary School now known as Ysgol y Castell:

Below: Pengwern Hall near Rhuddlan, The building is in Sarn Lane, the road that leads to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, Bodelwyddan. In 1930s it was a private school for girls; these days it is a care home / college for young people with disabilities.

aerial view

Here is the company Corbett-Williams aka Corbett, Williams & Son, Ltd. exhibiting circa 1920 (possibly in Cardiff). The company made agricultural equipment at Rhuddlan's iron works / foundry near River Clwyd:

FRI 17th FEB 2017 UPDATE: The following image, captioned 'Munition Workers – Rhuddlan Iron Works 1915' and featuring Capt. Francis Corbett, is from a 2016 book titled The John Williams Story: Phoenix Ironworks Rhuddlan near Rhyl, North Wales.

World War 1, World War One, First World War, The Great War

The author of this book is Gwynfor Williams and it is available from Amazon UK:


SUN 6th MAY 2018 UPDATE: Recently up for auction on Internet was this cast iron badge about 10 inches wide of the kind you would find on agricultural machinery.

A.E. Williams is not the Williams of Corbett-Williams and seems to have been a subsidiary of, or agent for, M. Croft & Son of Kendal in Cumbria, makers of agricultural implements.