Great Orme Railway, Ty Gwyn Road Passing Loop
The Great Orme Tramway is split into an upper and lower section at Halfway station. This photo is taken on the lower section at the middle passing place, situated on Ty Gwyn Road just above Black Gate. At this point, car 4 takes the outer rails to pass car 5 which passes on the hillward side. The roadway here is 'pinched' [ie it suddenly narrows] and has on occasion been the scene of minor crashes with cars heading downhill whose drivers have not taken into account the outward swing of the front of the tram. Despite safety road markings, the tram driver sounding his warning horn etc., the writer was conducting number 4 on the occasion of a brand new car heading downhill venturing into the danger zone and having it's front and nearside panels brutally filleted by the front left step. The car driver waved his hands as if to indicate to the tram driver [who rejoiced in the nickname of "Bob Dog" ] to steer away!!! As if... Read more
Passing Place on The Upper Section, Great Orme Tramway
This is a photograph of two tramcars, Nos 6 & 7, at the passing loop above the Great Orme Mines. They are painted in the Dark Ochre livery which was only used for a few years after the upper line's opening in 1903. The haulage cables are clearly visible, these being of seven eigths of an inch diameter. They roll above ground on 12 inch sheaves and are guided by 'top hat' profiled pulleys. Every pulley requires greased lubrication on a daily basis, this being a backbreakingly unpleasant job. Without this, the cables would wear out quickly and would literally scream in protest! One can also see the two trolley poles mounted on each roof, these being used singly for signalling purposes. It was at this spot that a 'washout' of the track ballast took place in the late 1990s. This caused the upper section to be temporarily closed and required reballasting and new pointwork equipment was installed. A safety camera was found to be necessary, there having been several... Read more
I believe my great grandfather, Ernest Gordon Wright, was born at the livery stables on Mostyn Street in 1888. His father, my great great grandfather Joseph Wright was the manager until he died in 1889. My great grandfather's older brother, Charles, was also born there in 1887. I would love to know more about them as a family. My great great grandmother's name was Emily Anne.
I was christened here, Belinda Adams, and have a photo of me with my Mum and Dad and sister Susan, who was also christened here, I think, 2 years earlier. My father, William Shirley Adams, married Enid Mary Adams here in 1937, I also have a photo of this, and my grandparents are both buried here I think, I certainly remember visiting my grandmother's grave as a child, she was Emma Louisa Adams, nee Shirley.
Shows in Happy Valley
This photo of Happy Valley brings back many memories! Great Shows with Alex Munro (actress Janet Munro's father). Janet was married to actor Ian Hendry. Great times, comedy, songs, dancing, talent shows. Pay for seating within the fenced area or sit on the hillside as these people were - and my family did! Also in amongst the trees behind the stage was Alice in Wonderland. Models of characters, static and some with movement illustrated the story of Alice. The Cheshire cat and the moving leg of a giant Alice stuck in a house were particular favourites. At night the models were illuminated and gave a very different effect.
Shows at The Pavilion Theatre
Oh how I remember going to shows at the Theatre. The one I recall most is seeing Tommy Steele - sometime in the 60s. Walking along the Pier before or after and having a cuppa or an icecream - great stuff. Gone are the days!
Happy Childhood Holidays!
Llandudno is one of my favourite places in the world! As a child and early teenager every summer family holiday was spent here. This photo of the top reminds me of knickerbocker glory ice creams with the huge swirl of cream on the top, rock grafitti on the hillside (go there - they still do this!), picknics, walks, tram rides. It was wonderful stuff!
Happy Valley - Happy Memories
My sister, Ellen, won a children's talent competition at Happy Valley in 1936, at the age of eight, playing 'Minuet in G' on the piano. I was only aged two at the time but I still remember the 'modern' Kodak camera she won as the prize. Ellen was a very talented musician and went on to enjoy a life full of achievements.
''Tram Crash on Tabor Hill''
On Tuesday, August 23rd 1932 there occurred at almost exactly the same spot from which this photo was taken, the most serious runaway and crash that ever ocurred on the line.
Car no. 4 broke away from the haulage cable at the spot that the tram is shown above. Rapidly gathering speed and toppling onto the wall to the left of the image, it uprooted a tramway standard (pole) flinging it up the lane by where the children are standing. The roof of the wildly canted tram crashed along the wall, this dislodged coping stones from the wall which fell into the tram causing passenger injuries. The driver, Edward Harris was thrown sideways from the front platform, into the wall and was sadly crushed to death. Apparently riding with the driver on the front platform, was a twelve year old girl named Margaret Worthington. She was badly injured and died at the local hospital within hours of the incident. Other passengers sitting near to the glazed bulkheads were thrown... Read more
Childhood And Family
My family connection with LLandudno starts with my grandmother. She moved with her widowed mother, brother and sister from Sutton Coalfield sometime in 1900s. The family name was Ford, it comprised my great-grandmother Emma and 3 children, Gladys, Roland and Constance. My grandmother Gladys married a local Welsh speaker called Howyl Samuel Edwards, I know he was born in the town, was a councillor and a member of St Tudno's Masonic lodge and a painter and decorator by trade. He died in 1952. Constance died unmarried sometime in the early 1960s and I have only vague memories of her. I don't know much more about my grandfather's family yet. I know Roland married but have no other details. I was told my grandmother had Americans billited with her in the war. My mother was Barbara Joan Kirby, nee Edwards, born in 1921. She attended John Brights. She married my father in a church no longer in existence, I believe originally around where M&S now is. They had their reception at... Read more
Jesmond Hotel, Llandudno
Does anyone have any information about the Jesmond Hotel, Llandudno. My parents, Arthur and Amelia May Gee worked at the Jesmond in the 1920s and 1930s and I would like to find out something about the hotel. I believe that when war broke out Jesmond was used by the Inland Revenue and after the war it was turned into flats. Sometime later, perhaps in the 1970s, Jesmond was absorbed into the County Hotel, formerly the Craig-y-Don. I would be grateful for any information at all.
Christ Church, Arvon Avenue
Does anyone have any memories or photgraphs of the church and or the church house next door? I know the Sheperd family lived in the house and that the Reverend Sheperd preached at the church, that's all I have (except that I know the church closed its doors as a place of worship a few years ago and nothing has happened to it since). Ken Edwards.
Memories of Gwynedd
Would Like to Find my Cousin Harold Smith or His Wife Elsie
My husband and I visited my cousin and had a wonderful time there. My cousin took us all over to see some beautiful sites. Kept in contact with him until last year, but no return xmas card this year, how can I find him? Just loved his little house, can you help me?
My Thoughts of Bryn Pydew
During the 1940s my parents lived on Bryn Lupus Road, Llanrhos Corner. I was born in Treherne House was the first house next to the Corner. One of our rambles was to cross the fields and walk through the woods to Pydew as we called it. It was a quaint village that was reminiscent of bygone days. I remember a house where a lady lived and she took me in and fed me. She had suffered a tragedy with losing her son in an accident. I was ginger haired like her son and she would feed me with biscuits. I was taught how to milk her cow and during holidays I would help her around her property. Later on my parents moved to Llandudno and they ran The Paragon Cafe on Mostyn Street. All our kitchen scraps were saved for the Pydew Pig farmer and some days he would take me to his farm and I would help with the pigs. I believe during the times I was in Pydew I... Read more
Childhood Memories of Penrhyn Bay
My grandmother and grandfather lived at "Oaklands", in Maesgwyn Road, opposite a corrugated iron church. The road was unmade and beyond the church to the sea was a large meadow where cattle and sheep grazed. On the other side of the road were quarrymen's terraced cottages. My grandparents moved there in the 1920s after Grandad retired. Born in 1925, I spent much of my early childhood with them in the summer months. My last holiday there was in 1935. Afterwards they moved to the Midlands. Most of my days when the weather was fine were spent down on the beach. When the tide was out some patches of sand were exposed and many rockpools. I spent hours exploring these and finding small crabs and fish left behind when the tide went out. Memory has it that the weather was always warm and sunny although there were undoubtedly wet and unpleasant days. I was fascinated too by the tramway which ran from Llandudno to Craig y Don, and then over the... Read more
Childhood in Glanwydden, North Wales
Is there anybody out there who lived at or visited the village of Glanwydden, or was a pupil of the local county council school during the period 1937 to 1945?, I attended the local school between 1937 and 1945 where I was educated by the likes of Miss Pierce, a lovely pleasant young lady who loved to play golf if my memory serves me right, then there was Mr Williams, known as 'Bulldog', a nickname that could not have been more appropriate, he was a domineering man who certainly instilled discipline in us kids and also gave us some good education; then there was the headmaster Mr Griffiths, quite a decent chap doing a hard days' work, and not averse to using the dreaded cane when necessary. These were the primary teachers as I remember. As this was the only school that I attended and which I left when I was just 14 years old, I should be grateful to that small group of teachers who tried to give me some... Read more
Holidays at Conwy
For several years in the early 60's our family spent our summer holidays at the caravan park just outside the town of Conwy. I have very happy memories of visiting the castle and the lovely town. Often in the late afternoon we would walk to town via the Harbour Walk and spend a lovely evening by the harbour quay where I recall there was a little pub where you could sit outside. My father would have a beer and my mother a shandy. Along the Harbour Walk there was an old sanitorium which had fallen into disuse. I wonder whether it's still there, it seemed a fairly substantial building. My brother and I were amazed by the "smallest house", there was really only enough room for 2 people inside and very short at that. We had marvellous times in Conwy, the beach was pristine and the water beautiful. We would swim and sunbathe all day. I still have photos of our holidays at Conwy, we are in our swimsuits by... Read more
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