The Abbey Vaults leaves a farewell gift.

Keepmoat Construction Ltd. are working hard in Rhyl’s West End, helping with regenerating the community by the refurbishment of many properties.  So it’s farewell to The Abbey Vaults because the refurbishment involves creating family houses.

When joiner Steve Stritch was working in the loft/roof space he noticed a piece of paper which proved to be a little piece of The Abbey’s history.  Steve found an invoice dated 1865 which had been sent to Mr Peter Edwards, who was the innkeeper at the Abbey Vaults.  The invoice was from Roberts and Evans, Timber Merchants, who had timber yards at Denbigh and Ruthin Railway Stations.  They were dealers in coal, slates, tiles, chimney tops, fire bricks, drain pipes, cement and more.  They were also agents to the Liverpool Patent Manure Co.


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The Abbey Vaults landlord, Peter Edwards was a survivor of the Gwylan y Mor lifeboat tragedy – to read about this story click here

After finding the invoice Steve searched the internet for information, came across the Gwylan y Mor article and the additional comments from the great great granddaughter of Captain Peter Edwards’on this website.  Perry Walker of Keepmoat Construction then rang Rhyl History Club to share the news of this interesting find.


Thanks very much to Steve for the find, the great interest he took in it and also for leaving the invoice with us – this will be given either to the County Archives or great great granddaughter Carole Smythe.

What a lovely story.








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One response to “The Abbey Vaults leaves a farewell gift.

  1. Deposited at Denbighshire Archives, Ruthin. Reference DD/DM/1889/1

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