The Commercial Directories of the 19th Century were similar to our “Yellow Pages”. The first directory in which Rhyl makes an appearance was in 1835. An entry in the “Pigot and Co. National Commercial Directory, North Wales (London 1835)” reads:
Rhuddlan and Rhyl
It says of Rhyl, “This little watering place is rapidly rising to that respectability and note which the great beauty of its site and salubrity of its air, so justly merit” and “A handsome range of buildings contain hot and cold baths, and the inns are of a superior description, among the latter the Royal Hotel and The New Inn are conspicuous establishments. The village of Rhyl lies on part of the famed Rhuddlan Marsh, frequently mentioned in history. Powel says that a great battle was fought here in 795, between the Welsh and Saxons, when their monarch, Caradoc, fell in the conflict.”
The Directory states that Thomas Edwards was the Postmaster for Rhyl and that “mail arrives every morning at eight and is dispatched every afternoon at six in the Summer, and four in the Winter.”
The listings in the directory (Rhuddlan and Rhyl) were for:
Gentry and Clergy (9), Academies and Schools (3), Blacksmiths (5), Boot and Shoe Makers (2), Coal Dealers (4), Grocers and Dealers in sundries (13), Inns (4), Joiners (6), Slaters (2), Stone Masons (5), Tailors (3), Taverns and Public Houses (10), Retailers of beer (5), Wheelwrights (4) and Miscellaneous (10).
The following entries describe transport arrangements:
Cars & c.
During the bathing season.
To ABERGELE, an omnibus every Monday, Wednesday and Friday according to the tide, from the Ford pier. To DENBIGH, RUTHIN and St. ASAPH, cars on the arrival of the Packets, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
To DENBIGH, Sarah Williams, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Conveyance by water
To LIVERPOOL, the Countess of Glasgow every Monday, Wednesday and Friday according to the tides.