Sunday, 22 October 2017


A request has flooded in from John W. Davies for additional Rhuddlan pix. As a Rhuddlan boy myself, Mr. Davies, I am only too delighted to present a few more images including Parliament House:

The image above dates from before World War 1. Exterior plaque says:

This Fragment
Is the Remains of the Building
Where King Edward the first
Held his Parliament
A.D. 1283
In which was passed the Statute of Rhuddlan
To the Principality of Wales
Its Judicial Rights
And Independence

The plaque has been renewed since then. The words remain the same but their layout is more straightforward.

Below: This Raphael Tuck postcard published in 1930 is captioned Bridge End, Rhuddlan, which makes me wonder what the other end of the bridge was called.

On the far side is Gittins' Garage and Marsh Hotel, Lower High Street which became Marsh Warden, Station Road (demolished in 2014).

The following photo was taken from the opposite direction. It is on a card postmarked 1961:


Above: Nice example of an image created in a studio for use far and wide with the name of the location superimposed. Somebody must have thought Rhuddlan was a seaside resort. This is a card postmarked 1934.

Below: Hylas Lane, Rhuddlan, in late 1960s/early '70s. The white cottage on your right is Hylas Bach which may be associated with (or a downsized version of) Hylas-fawr which appears on old maps.

Hylas Bach

Round the corner on same side of road is Rhuddlan Primary School which opened in 1935, expanded to include infants in 1954 and changed name to Ysgol y Castell in 1972.


Above: Eisteddfod Genedlaethol = National Eisteddfod of Wales. The 1985 event is listed as having been in Rhyl.
This modest paperweight is a reminder that - not for first time - it was actually in Rhuddlan at The Showfield aka Brookes' Field, south of the Rhyl town boundary.
Y Rhyl a'r Cyffiniau = Rhyl and surrounding area.

Below: Despite the black-and-white format, this image of The Parish Church of St. Mary, Rhuddlan, is probably less than 20 years old. The church was founded way back in the 13th century, i.e. 500-600 years before the town of Rhyl was invented.

Doan forget, Rhuddlan Local History Society has its own website:

MON 5th MAR 2018 UPDATE: On the subject of National Eisteddfod 1985, this china commemorative mug is a collector's item:

SUN 4th NOV 2018 UPDATE: Another vintage pic of Rhuddlan. The photo below is dated 1907. It was taken in High Street near junction with Princes Road. You will see on your left that the Black Hotel offers good stabling; the hotel was a forerunner of the present Kings Head.

Harry Thomas Collection

This is a postcard in the Harry Thomas Collection published by Gwasg Helygain, Rhyl – a series worth collecting.