Readers’ Enquiries

This is a new and experimental feature of our website.  We will be publishing enquiries on a regular basis and hope that readers will be able to assist.  We are kicking off with this enquiry from Bob, please use the comments box at the foot of this page if you have information for him.


I am quite anxious to find a photo of Bryntirion Farm, I think once occupied by a Roberts Family.

It was also known, later I believe, as Finnegan’s Gardens, between Highfield Park and the Railway.

This was within an area now  bounded by Highfield Park, St. Georges Cres (part), and Parc Esmor (Part) also including Clos Gladstone, Cae Uchaf, areas., to the best of my knowledge.

If anyone has, or can guide me to, a photo/drawing of the property and/or any information and knows who actually occupied Bryntirion Farm/Finnegan’s Gardens and roughly when,  I would be most appreciative.

Thank you.

Happy New Year to you and All Your Readers.




11 responses to “Readers’ Enquiries

  1. Beverley Westlund

    Would like to find out more information about highfield park in rhyl please as im very interested in historic buildings and thier surroundings. Thank you B&D.

  2. David J Marlow

    My Grandfather and his first wife, George Henry Homer Marlow & Mary Olive Marlow (nee Tompkin), lived in Rhyl from around 1911, first at 7 Butterton Road, and then 8 South Avenue, with their three daughters Gladys, Hilda and Bessie. Mary Olive died on 3rd January 1919 with the death certificate indicating she died at Voryd Hall. Can anyone tell us anything about Voryd Hall at that time and why she may have died there? All our enquiries to trace where she was buried have drawn a blank so any suggestions on that would also help. Thank you for any help anyone can give. David & Sheila Marlow

  3. Brendan Heaney

    Anyone know a Michael Higgins , aged 60 / 70 ( chef / cook by trade ) moved to Rhyl from Bristol 1972 -73 . Would appreciate any help in locating him.

  4. Robert Scott

    Some information on Bryntirion Farm has come to light.
    In 1915 Arthur E. Roberts of Wm.Roberts Ltd. (High Street Garden Shop and Coal Merchants) went to the Farm with his new Bride Gwendolyn Jones, a farmers daughter from Ruabon. 1926 Arthur and Gwen with their 3 daughters, Margaret, Joyce and Dilys moved to Plas Clough on Pendyffryn Road. Bryntirion Farm then became Bryntirion Gardens home to the Finnigan family with sons Chris and Jim.
    Does this information ‘jog’ any memories of the single story property on 3 sides around a ‘farm yard’ between Highfield Park and the Railway. The house had a large open garden in front bounded by a stone wall and had open fields to the rear across to Tynewydd Road railway bridge.
    If anybody can find a photo of the house or even sketch how it looked, do please reply. Thanks

  5. We are researching the Quellyn Roberts family who are distant relatives. Quellyn Roberts & Co owned seven, possibly eight, hotels in north Wales towards the end of the 19th century / early 20th century, including the Westminster Hotel and Belvoir Hotel in Rhyl. We are interested in gathering any additional information available.

  6. Edward Roberts

    Would any member have a photograph of the smithy known as Berthengron, Towyn, near Rhyl? Edward Roberts

  7. Nigel Day

    My great great grandfather was Ellis Powell-Jones, a chemist and druggist at 52 High Street, Rhyl in 1851. He was, at one stage, Chairman of the Rhyl improvement Commissioners and after his death on 29 Dec 1880 given a warm tribute by his fellow Improvement Commissioners in the North Wales Chronicle on Saturday 8 January 1881. Any further information or photographs of him, his family or his shop would be much appreciated. Many thanks, Nigel Day

  8. Jan

    An interesting article in the Bulletin on the history of Rhyl Botanical Gardens.
    John Williams was Head Gardener there until his retirement in 1953.
    He can be seen in his trilby hat in the postcard of the rose garden in 1936.

  9. Elizabeth A Kaufmann

    I am trying to find out some information on the Unity Cafe that was located in The Square, Kinmel Bay. My grt grandparents Charlie and Florence Ball ran this place in the late 1940’s/early 1950’s. They relocated there from Wolverhampton sometime after WW2, Any photos or some history and where exactly it was would be great. Thank you.

  10. Berenice Baynham

    Any information on Henry Malings, a reservist in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, who served in the Boer War, gratefully received. He was the son of Colour-Sergeant Samuel Frederick Malings, of Rhyl, who died 15th January 1909. Henry’s wife had two children, one of whom, Samuel Redvers Malings, died at Southport in 1904; Mrs. Malings had moved to Southport, from Rhyl, some time between early 1900 and early 1902. Was Henry buried in the Old Cemetery, Rhyl, as his father was?

  11. Berenice Baynham

    Additional to the Malings enquiry – The wife of Henry Malings was Mary, daughter of a Mr Abel Davies, Chapel Street, Denbigh.

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