Rhyl History Club
Clwb Hanes y Rhyl
Monday September 9th 7.30 pm – “Liverpool as a World Port linked to North Wales”
Monday October 14th 7.30 pm – “Senator Richard Jenkin Jones, Montgomery farm boy and one of the founders of the State of Arizona”
Monday November 11th 7.30 pm – “The Welsh in Liverpool”
Sunday December 8th 12.30 for 1 pm – Christmas lunch at The Bistro
Monday January 13th 7 pm – “From Pulpit to Parliament”
Lord Roberts, Llandudno
Monday February 10th 7.30 pm – “Lloyd George and Wales: Wales and Lloyd George”
Monday March 9th 7.30 pm – A.G.M. followed by a talk from
D. Geraint Griffith
Monday April 13th 7.30 pm “An Illustrated History of Prestatyn, part 3”
Monday May 28th 6.30 pm – Visit to the Islamic Cultural Centre, Water Street, Rhyl
June – Summer Outing, to be arranged
We meet at Rhyl Community Fire Station, Coast Road, LL18 3PL
for further details: www.rhylhistoryclub.wordpress.com
or telephone: 01745 354593 or 01745 591281
It has been wonderful to see the crowds in Rhyl this Summer – our new hotels, SC2 and other attractions – are all helping to put Rhyl back on the map.
Crowds are nothing new to Rhyl as this postcard, taken in front of the Queen’s Hotel on West Parade, shows. It is particularly poignant as it is dated 1913 – just a year before the outbreak of the First World War when their lives, almost without exception, will have changed forever.
The card was sent to Mary in Mytholmroyd, Yorkshire. Gertie wrote “Can you find G, Dan and I on this p.c. Having a lovely time. Best love, Gertie.”
Rhyl History Club recently welcomed students from Goldsmith’s University (M.A. Design Programme) who are conducting research into town redevelopment focussing specifically on Rhyl. The students visited Rhyl at the end of May and were very interested to learn something of the history of Rhyl from members of our club. They received a copy of Rhyl History Club’s Digital Archive which will assist them with their project. We all enjoyed our meeting with the students at the “Rainforest Diner” in Rhyl’s new SC2 and we look forward to being of further assistance to them with their project in the future.
In 2002 Rhyl History Club obtained a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to create a Digital Archive. The archive serves as a record of Rhyl’s cultural heritage.
Over 750 photographs and postcards have been scanned into the archive over the years, which otherwise could have been lost. We made CD’s of the archive and have taken it out into the community to care homes, community groups and clubs etc.
What we have never been able to do, due to the shortcomings of the software, is to share our archive online.
However now with the help of Peoples’ Collection Wales, who have extracted the data for us, we can do just that. To view the archive click here.
One of the photographs from our archive “The beach mission”
To read more about “The Beach Mission” click here.
The North and South Wales Bank (now the HSBC bank) is seen here on the left under construction c. 1900. It was, and still is, a magnificent building.
The bank had operated in Rhyl from February 1856 from old Bodfor House with a manager and apprentice, on the same site – the corner of Bodfor Street and Wellington Road. In 1880 the bank moved to premises in the Town Hall where they employed 10 clerks and it remained here until completion of the new building. The bank amalgamated with the Midland Bank in 1908. The base was made from locally quarried Talacre stone whilst Ruabon red bricks were used in parts of the upper stories. It boasted a very large strong room and claimed that it was thief and fire proof. When built it was ‘prepared for electricity’ awaiting its provision by the town authorities.
Thanks to Maggi Blythin for this article and photo.
The following is from “The Buildings of Wales. Clwyd (Denbighshire and Flintshire)” by Edward Hubbard (1986):
“By J.Francis Doyle of Liverpool, 1899-1901, for the North and South Wales Bank. Brick and stone, three storeys, quadrant corner with a huge shell hood and Ionic columns above.”
Click on the following link to read about Rhyl Town Hall
We have had, once again, a busy year. Interesting speakers at our monthly meetings, a trip to the Terracotta Warriors in Liverpool, a visit to the new Rhyl High School and a wonderful Christmas lunch at The Bistro on Wellington Road. Committee member Shirley Williams became a “Freewoman of Rhyl” and our programme secretary and past Chairman Rufus Adams presented a Centenary lecture “Lloyd George and the 1914-18 War”.
The website has had fewer “posts” this year but was still visited regularly. We had over 50,000 views by 12,000+ visitors from 74 countries. The U.K. topped the table with over 42,000 views, then came the U.S.A., Australia, Canada and New Zealand – we also had views from unlikely countries such as Kazakhstan, Albania and Lebanon. Our five most visited pages/posts were:
Rhyl in the 60’s
Kinmel Park Camp
The editor’s pick for a post to revisit from over five years ago is “Football by the Electric Light”