Sunday, 29 November 2015

QUIZ QUESTION # 120


Above is a Rhyl railway photo taken we know not when (not very recently). On the far right there is a street.
The question: What is the name of the street?

Below is a plaque inscribed Glan Dyffryn photographed a few days ago by Yours Truly.


And here is a wider shot of it:


The question: What is the name of the street?

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You score 1 win for each correct answer, a maximum total of 2 wins!

You have until the end of Saturday 5th Dec 2015 to send your entry.
Second tries not accepted.
The result will be published on Sun 6th Dec 2015 around Midday.


Colin Jones / email: rhyl.colin.jones@live.co.uk

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QUIZ ANSWER # 119


Last Sunday I posted the above exterior of a Rhyl building photographed

a few weeks before by Yours Truly. The door bears the number 2.
The question: In what road/street would you find this building?
The answer: Millbank Road.
At the Vale Road end, opposite the back yard of Caskeys pub.

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Also posted was a room inside a Rhyl building photographed during or before World War 1 (1914-18).
The question: In what road/street would you find this building?
The answer: Bedford Street.
Pictured is the dining hall of the Men's Convalescent Institution which was a Red Cross Hospital during WW1:

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

Click on the card to read more easily.


Here is the exterior photographed a few days ago by Yours Truly:


Former Men's Convalescent Home, Bedford Street

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Also posted was the 1970s picture below which is NOT RHYL but not a million miles away.
The question: Where is it?
The answer: Llandrillo yn Rhos aka Rhos-on-Sea.
Just t'other side of Colwyn Bay.

Llandrillo yn Rhos

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Scoring 1 win for each correct answer: Dilys Bagnall 1, Sue Handley 1, Jane Shuttle 1, The Great Gareth 2, Richard & Ceri Swinney 2.

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This reference is added here for indexing purposes: Watkins Llanfwrog.

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Wednesday, 25 November 2015

PRESS MY HAT IN


During school days Press My Hat In is what I used to call Prestatyn which is 4 miles I mean 6 kilometres away from Rhyl and not a town I know well.

aerial view

The undated image above has a comforting Rhyl echo in the form of William Roberts coal merchants.

Click on any picture to see a bigger version.

Summer visitors tend to regard Rhyl and Prestatyn as almost the same place. From Prestatyn Holiday Camp (the one with the tower) here is a shot of the ballroom on a card postmarked 1959:

dancers

What lovely dresses and suits! Here, have a couple of badges:

badges

Recently Prestatyn High Street was shortlisted in the Great British High Street contest, in the coastal category. Below: an early picture looking up the street and a later pic looking downwards:

lower
upper

Who remembers The Royal Lido ballroom and swimming pool complex? This is a card postmarked 1974:


Anybody for Y Ffrith? The first of the following is a card postmarked 1937 and is interesting for its changing rooms/tents:


Yes I know, Rhuddlan Borough Council ruined the Ffrith. Don't start.

Since then Prestatyn has overtaken Rhyl as a regional shopping centre and the underlying rivalry has re-surfaced and made this 1995 soccer programme look prophetic:


The above was compiled by Ian Johnson. In 2000-2005, Ian and I worked side by side at Rhyl Community Agency. He was producing programmes while I was writing Rhyl history essays.

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These references are added here for indexing purposes: Prestatyn Trustee Savings Bank TSB, Prestatyn Town Football Club FC.

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WED 2nd DEC 2015 UPDATE: Dave Williams writes that Ian Johnson died about four years ago, circumstances not known.

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Sunday, 22 November 2015

QUIZ QUESTION # 119


Above is the exterior of a Rhyl building photographed a few weeks ago by Yours Truly. The door bears the number 2.
The question: In what road/street would you find this building?

Below is a room inside a Rhyl building photographed during or before World War 1 (1914-18).

The question: In what road/street would you find this building?


Click on any picture to see a bigger version.


The 1970s picture below is NOT RHYL but not a million miles away.
The question: Where is it?


Your quizmaster is feeling generous this week so you score 1 win for each correct answer, a maximum total of 3 wins!

You have until the end of Saturday 28th Nov 2015 to send your entry.
Second tries not accepted.
The result will be published on Sun 29th Nov 2015 around Midday.

Colin Jones / email: rhyl.colin.jones@live.co.uk

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QUIZ ANSWER # 118


Last Sunday I posted the photo below which was taken this month in Rhyl by Yours Truly. The question: In what road/street was I standing?


The answer: Kinmel Street.
I was looking down the alley between Edward Hughes solicitors (on your left) and the offices of Welsh Assembly member Ann Jones.

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Also posted was this photo taken not long ago by Dave Williams. Among the various markings is the phrase monitoring wellThe question: Would you find this item to the east, to the south or to the west of High Street?


The answer: To the west.
It is one of several on the footpath between Foryd Bridge and Marine Lake. In Rhyl you can't get much further west!

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Scoring 1 win by sending correct answers to both questions: Dilys Bagnall and The Great Gareth.

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Thursday, 19 November 2015

SEEN ON THE SANDS

Bathing machines

Few people around today would remember bathing machines. They were changing rooms drawn by horses to the edge of the sea so that bathers could slip in and out of the water discreetly. Above is a card postmarked 1905 and below is a detail from it:


There were far more bathing machines on this west side of the pier, the ladies side, than on the east side where gentlemen romped.

Click on any picture to see a bigger version.

Here are postcards of the basket chairs that came afterwards. If you remember these you are older than you look:

Beach basket chairs

The artificially-coloured basket chairs pic is a view from the pier on a card postmarked 1948 (the underlying image is probably from previous decade). The black-and-white was taken looking the other way with the pier in the background; the card is postmarked 1925.

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Rhyl

These donkey scenes circa 1900 may not be Rhyl at all and they may be studio shots. Similar images were on sale in many places with the name of resort changed to suit. However, I am pretty certain that Dolly the donkey, holding court below, was a genuine Rhylite!

Beach sands donkeys

When donkey rides came to an end in Rhyl a few years ago I viewed the matter with mixed feelings. Sad to see a tradition go, but the donkeys looked in human terms to have sad faces, and I felt sorry for them. This is Old Softy speaking.

You could read about Rhyl's last donkey operator Kenneth Edward Jones who died in January 2012, in an obituary in The Journal:

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Tuesday, 17 November 2015

MR. PICKARD IS OUT


From his base in Rhyl, photographer Rae Pickard visited frequently nearby towns and villages in search of good marketable shots; he understood that a lot of Rhyl's appeal lay in its surrounding countryside.

The following pictures of Denbigh Castle and Penrhyn near Llandudno are random examples. The latter is thought to be circa 1920:


Llandudno

Click on any picture to see a bigger version.


This is a photo of High Street, Newmarket (Trelawnyd near Dyserth) on a card posted in 1927.

Of the two below taken in Dyserth, the one of the waterfall is circa 1915; the interior shot of the New Inn Dyserth is remarkable for detail:



The following is thought to be a Rae Pickard even though not signed. It is circa 1912 at what looks like a ploughing contest. All the usual Pickardian hallmarks of quality are evident in this:

horses ploughing contest

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MON 5th DEC 2016 UPDATE: A faded Pickard card postmarked 1912.


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FRI 3rd FEB 2017 UPDATE: Here is another Pickard of Newmarket (Trelawnyd) followed by his take on Highbury Avenue, Prestatyn.
The third pic is Maesydon in Llanddulas near Abergele, on a card postmarked 1918.



Abergele

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Sunday, 15 November 2015

QUIZ QUESTION # 118


Above is a photo taken this gloomy November in Rhyl by Yours Truly.
The question: In what road/street was I standing?

Below is a photo taken not long ago by Dave Williams. Among the various markings is the phrase monitoring well.
The question: Would you find this item to the east, to the south or to the west of High Street?


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To score 1 win you need the correct answers to both questions.

You have until the end of Saturday 21st Nov 2015 to send your entry.
Second tries not accepted.
The result will be published on Sun 22nd Nov 2015 around Midday.


Colin Jones / email: rhyl.colin.jones@live.co.uk

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QUIZ ANSWER # 117


Last Sunday I posted the following photo which was taken not long ago. It shows an exterior wall plaque dated 1855. The question: Where in Rhyl would you find this plaque?
The answer: Grange Hotel.
To be precise, on the east wing of the derelict Grange Hotel, East Parade. Thanks to Dave Williams for the photo.


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Also I posted a slightly-masked image of a cafe that is no longer with us. The question: Where in Rhyl would you have found this cafe?


The answer: Open Air Bathing Pool aka 'The Baths' on the prom.

The cafe (Osborne's) was at the end nearest to the pier. Nice piece of 1930s art deco. Pity it did not survive. Here is the image un-masked:


The picture is from Flintshire Record Office.


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Scoring 1 win by getting the correct answers to both questions are The Great Gareth, and George Owen MBE who is making his debut in this series of the quiz. For George the Grange question was easy because one of his ancestors, a Mr. Griffiths, lived there when it was a house named Bod Dounan.

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QUELLE SURPRISE

Last Friday evening in Paris supporters of Islamic State (IS) killed more than 120 people. President Hollande described it as an act of war. I don’t know what he would describe his country’s recent bombing of IS in Syria as an act of.

France and Britain have in common that they are countries that used to have an empire. In the past they were able to carry out acts of extreme military aggression in faraway countries without suffering retaliation, but not anymore.

When our leaders take sides in conflicts further afield because of our joint-membership of NATO with United States of America they must know that we European citizens - and possibly our future generations - become targets for revenge.

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This week Jones Towers received quite a varied batch of correspondence including an email about a Parliamentary child trafficking ring‏ of the 1990s and a Christmas card. Life goes on.

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Thursday, 12 November 2015

WHAT'S TO DO?


Here are some sights that greeted me this week as I walked into town. Firstly, in Kings Avenue: a notorious litter hot spot has flared up again opposite the G.P.'s surgery:


A couple of hours later when I passed the pile was even higher. When such problems recur in same places, the same people are likely to be responsible. I would support the idea of police detection methods being used to trace them and then maximum penalties applied - including a prison sentence if necessary.

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In Wellington Road: the window has been kicked in at KFC only yards from the police station. From time to time other businesses suffer the same fate:

KFC

Whatever the circumstances in this case, alcohol is very often a factor in these incidents. The stuff is too cheap and too easy to obtain. Councils and governments should clamp down on the alcohol industry.

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In High Street: a beggar outside the White Rose Centre. He is one of several regulars on the mooche.


Persistent begging is compulsive behaviour and not based on need. Projects in and near Rhyl town centre have been set up in support of problematic people. These projects draw in more of the same kind of clients and they need to be closed down.


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It gives me no pleasure to publish pictures like these, but for a long time I've been watching the town committing suicide by lousy housing policies and dubious 'community' strategies. Rhyl is failing. 

The message to our elected representatives is: GET TOUGHStop your pandering to litter louts, vandals and tramps. You won't restore the social balance, business confidence or the town's dignity by letting things carry on this way.

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Colin Jones / email: rhyl.colin.jones@live.co.uk

See my Rhyl videos on YouTube:
Only the videos marked RhylTime are mine!

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Tuesday, 10 November 2015

PETER ADAMS' PIX


Recently through the good offices of my pal Diane Heirene I visited Val Adams of Epworth Road to look through albums of pictures collected by her late husband Peter.

Peter Adams was a Londoner and a big fan of Rhyl and the town’s history. Here are just a few examples of what I found among his pix:


Above: George Hotel on corner of Queen Street and Sussex Street. I would date this image as circa 1905 and it may well commemorate a renovation; The George existed further back in time.

[The publican's name if given as F.P. Arthur. I wonder if that could be the Frank Arthur whose newsagents shop carried the name for many decades and eventually became High Street News.]

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The George can be seen in the background of the following shot of a cart belonging to Williams & Co. bakers and grocers of No.2 Queen Street. Funny how horses always look elegant even when standing at ease.

horse cart

Click on any picture to see a bigger version.

On your right in the horse-and-cart picture is the furniture store Rhydwen Jones & Davies whose main branch was in Llandudno; also the company had a store in Colwyn Bay.

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A later period piece is this shot of a delivery van belonging to Roberts Queen Street bakery - same premises as above? The van looks decked out for a May Day parade:

May Day

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Now for for a Royal discovery. Cinema Royal, opened in 1920, was Rhyl's first purpose-built cinema (as distinct from existing buildings converted to cinema use). Pictures of Cinema Royal are not plentiful - I have never seen this one before:

High Street

Here is a detail from the above:


We are looking at the corner of High Street and East Parade some time after 1939 when the cinema closed, and before 1954 when the building was demolished to make way for Woolworths (now B&M).

At that time Cinema Royal was owned by Rhyl Entertainments Ltd; hence the posters for two of their other businesses: Queens Theatre and Plaza Cinema. Interesting to see traces of an old sign for a previous incarnation of F.W. Woolworth & Co.

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The late Peter Adams who collected these photos was a volunteer on Rhyl Lifeboat. Paul Frost MBE, who is the present Deputy 2nd Coxswain and Lifeboat Press Officer says, "Peter was my mentor when I started with the lifeboat in 1968, and I owe all my skills to Peter with regard to the RNLI. We went shrimping together for many years."

Peter lives on through his albums. It was a very interesting afternoon's visit. My thanks to his widow Val for her hospitality. After I left she found a couple of albums I had not seen, so I would hope to make a return visit in due course.

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These references are added here for indexing purposes: Nectar tea, Queen Street cycle shop, Golden Crust bread, bread for energy, Ashalls fashion corner.

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Colin Jones / email: rhyl.colin.jones@live.co.uk

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Sunday, 8 November 2015

QUIZ QUESTION # 117


The following photo was taken not long ago by Dave Williams. It shows an exterior wall plaque dated 1855.
The question: Where in Rhyl would you find this plaque?


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Here is a slightly-masked image of a cafe that is no longer with us.
The question: Where in Rhyl would you have found this cafe?


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To score 1 win you need the correct answers to both questions.

You have until the end of Saturday 14th Nov 2015 to send your entry.
Second tries not accepted.
The result will be published on Sun 15th Nov 2015 around Midday.


Colin Jones / email: rhyl.colin.jones@live.co.uk

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