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March 17, 2020 · 9:09 pm

A Royal Journey

The Liverpool Echo on Wednesday, April 27th 1949 ran an article showing local men who were about to work on the “Special train with Royalty”

“The eight locomen in this picture will be on special duty tonight driving the Royal train, with Princess Elizabeth, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prime Minister and Mrs Attlee onboard, to a quiet siding near St. Asaph where the Royal party will spend the early hours of tomorrow morning asleep before continuing the journey to Bangor, when Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh begin their two day tour of Caernarvonshire (sic) and Meirionethshire.  The locomen are:
Seated  L-R Driver A.G. Lucas. Fireman F.J. Beech. Driver W.H. Basset.t Fireman Price H. Jones
Standing L-R Driver I. Parsonage. Fireman R.V. Jones. Driver Frank Green. Fireman R.E. Davies”

The letter shown was sent to the each of the locomen to mark the occasion.  Five shillings roughly equated to a day’s pay.

Does anyone know where Llanerch sidings were? Presumably between St. Asaph and Denbigh, but where exactly?


With thanks to Trinity Mirror. Digitised by Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited. All rights reserved.
Courtesy of The British Newspaper Archive (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk); The British Library Board













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Summer Crowds

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.”

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Meeting friends from China and South Korea

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.

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Our digital archive

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.


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The North and South Wales Bank.

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


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