Wednesday, 30 March 2016

WORLD TOUR OF ABERGELE # 2


Abergele & Pensarn share the railway station shown above. The train is travelling from Llandudno to Chester. [The station opened 1848 the same year as Rhyl and on the same Chester-Holyhead line.]


Pensarn is a coastal suburb of Abergele. Pensarn beach is sometimes referred to as Abergele beach. Below: an early shot of the main road (looking westwards) followed by a seaside card postmarked 1920.


Abergele

Abergele

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The charm of the place was that it was a less busy than either Rhyl or Colwyn Bay; the downside was that it failed to develop much.
By the 1960s when the following cards were produced Pensarn was not much to write home about:

Abergele

Abergele

The North Wales Holiday Camp in Pensarn, is well remembered by locals. Here is a snap of the camp shop:

Abergele

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Nestling on a hillside the far side of Abergele is Gwrych Castle, a Grade 1 Listed country house built in the 1800s. 

Abergele

Pictured below are Gwrych Castle's Italian marble stairs, followed by a popular feature decades ago: the miniature railway aka model railway.

Abergele

Abergele

The above card of the train ‘Belle of New York’ at Gwrych Castle Station came up for sale recently on Internet, hence the seller’s logo in the middle of the picture.

Gwrych Castle on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gwrych_Castle


Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust: http://gwrychtrust.co.uk/

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