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Bikes, Dancing, Picnics and Races: Rhyl Cycling Club, 1879-1906


Picture the scene: North Wales, the seaside town of Rhyl on a sunny Whitsuntide Monday in 1885. Outside the Royal Hotel a group of cyclists from clubs in Rhyl, Oxford, Denbigh, Huddersfield, Mold, Liverpool, Holywell, Bangor, Manchester, Birmingham, Bethesda, Wrexham, and Ruthin set of in procession, the Rhyl Cycling Club captain, Mr Smith, at their head on a 58 inch penny-farthing. After following a route that took them through the main thoroughfares of Rhyl the cyclists stopped in front of the Royal Hotel for a group photograph and then sat down to a substantial tea.[1]

The rapid development of the bicycle in the 1870’s and 1880’s saw cycling clubs spring up across Britain as cyclists sought opportunities to race and to socialize. One such club was Wales’ first cycling club, Rhyl Cycling Club, founded in April 1879 as the Rhyl XL Bicycle Club at a meeting held in the…

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Denbighshire Rogues Gallery feature on the One Show

Did you see Denbighshire Archives on the One Show last week?

Denbighshire Archives

Denbighshire Archives and the Ruthin Gaol Museum were featured on BBC 1’s The One Show as part of a focus on Victorian criminals and the early use of photography as a means of identification.

A production team, to include well-know historian, Ruth Goodman, spent a whole day at the Gaol and Archives, and we were on the show last night.

Presenter, Ruth, had her ‘mugshot’ taken and developed by a photographer who specialises in Victorian photographic techniques; a school pupil from Penycae found some information on his ancestor who had been imprisoned at Ruthin in 1871 for the theft of a velvet coat; and Ruth and Richard Ireland, a senior lecturer form Aberystwyth who specialises in the history of criminal law, discussed two rare, early ‘mugshot’ books which are part of the Denbighshire Constabulary’s records in the Archives.

The show is available to view on the BBC iplayer for the…

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