Convalescing in Rhyl

These 2 postcards were both sent from the Men’s Convalescent Institution in Bedford Street.  It was founded in 1853 and it became the Red Cross Hospital in WW1.
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The first one is dated 18th July 1909 and is sent by a George Clark to his brother John.  It reads:  
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“Dear Brother,

Will you kindly send me your field glasses.  I am going on alright feeling champion.  The weather here has been beastly today raining since dinner. The place is grand only the rules at the home is very strict. Give my kind regards to all friend, from your loving brother George.”

The second one showing the dining hall is dated 10 days later and is sent to George’s parents.  It reads:  “Dear Farther and Mother I right to tell you that I have coming home on thursday and the doctor is order me to be care-full with my arm as it is so week.”
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At the time of writing these George Clark was 20.  He was a Quarryman so, perhaps, he sustained an injury at work.  As this was pre NHS some people paid into a fund which then helped them out if there was an injury or sickness necessitating time off.  

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George’s family lived at Moorwood Cottages in Atherstone in Warwickshire.  His father John was a foreman at a Stone Quarry.  His mother was Elizabeth.  Both came from Leicestershire.  John, George’s elder brother also works as a Quarryman and his younger brother Henry was a Coal Miner. Another brother was a Stone breaker – this is given as his occupation in 1911 when he was aged 13.  On the previous census John is listed as a Stone breaker -aged 15. Presumably they progressed from this to a Quarryman as they gained more experience. It would have been a hard job-working in the open in all weather conditions with frequent accidents.  The quarries yielded stone and manganese which was used for bleaching textiles.

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Quarry workers from the period.

Let’s hope George’s arm recovered fully and that he enjoyed his ‘holiday’ in Rhyl.
Many thanks to Maggi Blythin for contributing this weeks’ post.



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  1. Mike Jones

    I remember working for Summers (the café that used to be at the top of High Street) The above building was used as their bakery. This was during the early ’70s and probablyduring the earlier decade.

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