Sunday, 27 March 2016


Pier Hotel, Belvoir Hotel

Last Sunday I posted the above Rhyl image from a card dated 1904. The question: What is the name of the building nearest to camera?
The answer: Pier Hotel.
It was in East Parade on corner of Church Street, on opposite corner to the Westminster. The Pier Hotel's previous names had been Family Hotel (probably) and then Belvoir Hotel (certainly).


Also posted was a picture of a keyring.The question: What Rhyl attraction does it advertise specifically (2 words)?
The answer: Knights Caverns.
Here is the picture re-angled and with name restored:

Knights Caverns was/were part of the Palace Fun Centre, 38-45 West Parade  just to your right of Edward Henry Street. The photo below was taken this month by Yours Truly and it reveals changes:

The caverns have been replaced by a Lazer Zone - whatever that is.

Scoring 1 win for the Pier Hotel and/or 1 win for Knights Caverns:
Dilys Bagnall 1, Jane Shuttle 1, The Great Gareth 1 and Sue Handley 1. 

Sue says: "How the price of parking has gone up! We now pay £1 for 4 hours in Brighton Road car park. After 1st April it will be £1 for 1 hour - that is a rise of 75p an hour. Makes my blood boil!"


Thyme Out the cafe that opened during December 2015 in White Rose Centre has branched out and is now operating outside Superdrug as well. This photo was taken yesterday by Yours Truly:

Superdrug, Thomas Cook

Clintons Cards of 53-55 High Street have gone and Bill Ellis noted that they took their fascia. This revealed the name of a former business Fosters which Bill thinks was a menswear shop. Photo taken yesterday by Yours Truly:

Clintons Cards

TUE 4th APR 2017 UPDATE: On the subject of Knights Caverns in the Palace Fun Centre, the following card has landed here at Jones Towers by supernatural means.

Click on the card to read small print.

This name is for indexing purposes: John Jones Publishing Ruthin.

WED 6th JUN 2018 UPDATE: Further to the above reference to the old Pier Hotel (originally Belvoir Hotel), its distinctive bay windows are about to bite the dust in this amateur snapshot dated 1984.

The building was demolished to make way for part of the White Rose Centre development.

Below is a rarity, a 2-inch diameter powder-and-mirror compact for carrying in a handbag. It advertises the Pier Hotel when Fred Henson was proprietor; Mr. Henson was around in 1950s so the compact is perhaps more retro than vintage.

powder-and-mirror compact for handbag

The compact is about 2-iches in diameter and made of an early form of plastic called bakelite.
Another name for bakelite is polyoxybenzylmethylenglycolanhydride (not many people know that).