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Title: Old Postcards - Colwyn Bay Area
Post by: DaveR on September 21, 2010, 09:45:26 PM
Prom in Colwyn Bay 1920s:
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Tram passing Rhos Golf Club in 1909:
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Tram at Penrhyn Ave, Rhos in 1907
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Staff Photo 1920s Llandudno - Colwyn Bay Tramway
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South Wales Borderers on parade in Greenfield Road 1914
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Post by: DaveR on September 25, 2010, 10:16:55 PM
Great postcard from 1890, when Colwyn Bay was growing quickly as a resort. Rhos Pier visible in the distance:
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2453/3751645015_25742dc1b9_z.jpg?zz=1) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/3751645015/)
[From the woods, Colwyn Bay, Wales] (LOC) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/3751645015/) by The Library of Congress (http://www.flickr.com/people/library_of_congress/), on Flickr
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Post by: Trojan on September 26, 2010, 01:06:48 AM
That is a great one Dave. Here's some more:
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Post by: Trojan on September 26, 2010, 01:08:53 AM
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Post by: Trojan on September 26, 2010, 03:12:57 AM
Unfortunately I can't upload any more postcards as I received this message:

The upload folder is full. Please try a smaller file and/or contact an administrator.

Can you help Admin?  Y^^Y
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Post by: Ian on September 26, 2010, 08:18:06 AM
I'll have a peek.
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Post by: DaveR on September 26, 2010, 08:46:54 AM
Fixed!
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Post by: Ian on September 26, 2010, 08:49:25 AM
What a team, eh?

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Post by: jemima on September 26, 2010, 01:05:58 PM
A couple from me - Cayley Promenade and Old Colwyn.
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Post by: DaveR on September 26, 2010, 03:14:11 PM
Like the one of Old Colwyn, Jemima, here's one of that area in the 1960s. I remember going shopping with my Mum to Liptons (extreme left of photo) in the early 1970s:

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Post by: DaveR on September 26, 2010, 07:58:33 PM
The old Golf Clubhouse at the Colwyn Bay Golf Club sometime in the 1950s. It was very close to where the Pen Y Bryn pub is now. All of the houses on the Colwyn Heights estate were built on the site of the golf course itself, hence the golf related road names, like Troon Way.
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Post by: Trojan on September 27, 2010, 06:30:31 AM
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What a team, eh?

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My thoughts entirely.  :Scot: $welsh$

I like this new software. It displays pictures larger than before without having to click on them. Good choice Admin!  $3towns$
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Post by: Trojan on September 27, 2010, 06:37:02 AM
Here's some more of Old Colwyn
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Of all the packages out there, I've always favoured SMF, partly because the support forum is so good and partly because it's the least complex of all the packages I've used.
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Post by: DaveR on September 28, 2010, 08:31:10 PM
St. Enoch's Hotel, Colwyn Bay, in the 1920s:
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Post by: DaveR on September 28, 2010, 08:33:16 PM
Tan Y Bryn Bridge, looking towards Mochdre. The A55 now runs through this area on the line of the railway and the railway line has been moved to the right..
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Post by: DaveR on September 28, 2010, 08:35:09 PM
Llawr Pentre, Old Colwyn. My Father spent some of his early years in one of the white cottages to the right.
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Post by: DaveR on September 28, 2010, 08:36:58 PM
Early view of the beach along from Colwyn Bay to Rhos On Sea, where the Promenade now runs:
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Post by: DaveR on September 28, 2010, 08:38:49 PM
The Wedgewood Cinema, originally the Arcadia, in Princes Drive, Colwyn Bay. Now the site of the Post Office extension, it was demolished around 1980 to allow the building of the A55.
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Post by: DaveR on September 28, 2010, 08:40:28 PM
Colwyn Bay Station Forecourt in 1979:
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Post by: DaveR on September 28, 2010, 08:41:59 PM
Princess Cinema in Princes Drive, Colwyn Bay. Now a J D Wetherspoon pub called 'Y Ty Lluniau/The Picture House':
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Post by: DaveR on September 28, 2010, 08:42:40 PM
The Pavilion Band (looks like the Pavilion in Eirias Park) at Colwyn Bay:
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Post by: DaveR on September 28, 2010, 08:47:38 PM
Mechanical Elephant giving childrens rides in 1951:
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Post by: DaveR on September 28, 2010, 08:48:45 PM
The Colwyn Bay Hotel in 1972. Disgracefully demolished to allow the building of the Princess Court monstrosity:
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Post by: DaveR on September 29, 2010, 09:20:45 PM
Rare landward side view of the Colwyn Bay Hotel:
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Post by: Fester on September 30, 2010, 12:36:36 AM
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The Colwyn Bay Hotel in 1972. Disgracefully demolished to allow the building of the Princess Court monstrosity:

I don't know much about Colwyn Bay, but that building looks fantastic.
It is a terrible crime when buildings such as that are allowed to be demolished. They NEVER come bacg again.

In Bradford where I hail from originally, there was a hotel called The Alexandra, where top stars of the day (such as Laurel and Hardy) stayed when they played the Alhambra theatre opposite.
It was a delightful structure, full of character, history and charm.  Now its a concrete car park.   it makes me  :puke2: :puke2:
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Post by: Ian on September 30, 2010, 07:48:58 AM
Interestingly, the building that replaced it had  difficulty getting the council building inspectors to approve the final phases, so poor was the quality of construction. 
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on September 30, 2010, 09:21:52 AM
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Colwyn Bay Station Forecourt in 1979:
  Wow, thats how I remember it and there was a great little fun fair nearby too D)  now all gone :'(
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Post by: Trojan on October 05, 2010, 09:06:29 PM
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Colwyn Bay Station Forecourt in 1979:
  Wow, thats how I remember it and there was a great little fun fair nearby too D)  now all gone :'(

The "great little funfair"  ;)
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Post by: DaveR on October 05, 2010, 09:12:32 PM
Just think, when you pass Morrisons on the A55, you are passing over the site of that Merry Go Round.
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Post by: DaveR on October 11, 2010, 06:40:06 PM
This is a view I'd not seen before...Colwyn Bay looking from the First Pier Pavilion Roof circa 1900:

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Post by: DaveR on October 11, 2010, 06:44:39 PM
Morning after the second Pier Pavilion destroyed by fire in 1933:

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Post by: DaveR on October 11, 2010, 08:42:13 PM
Maybe hard to believe but this was the centre of Mochdre in 1920. The house on the right is still there today, next to the pedestrian crossing by the shops.

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Post by: ormegolf on October 11, 2010, 09:10:06 PM
NO-----despite any opinions,, I DID NOT take that picture. But the old telephone pole takes me back. I could stand to be corrected here, but I always understood that if you had a phone, your connection was by two large porcelean insulators holding two cables, one for outgoing and one for ingoing messages. So that would mean that pole was connecting 16 telephones.  Anyone like to contradict me?
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Post by: Fester on October 11, 2010, 11:20:01 PM
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Morning after the second Pier Pavilion destroyed by fire in 1933:

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Looks like a very rainy and poignant day.
Its amazing to think that despite that devastation, those skinny looking cast-iron piles are still holding the structure up 77 years later,  and they will support whatever is constructed there in the future.
Those Victorians knew what they were doing alright.


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Post by: barney on October 12, 2010, 10:20:26 PM
What a great picture of the hotel takes me back a bit.
If you look at the right of the picture there is a small building behind the bushes,it was part of the hotel but what was it?
if you went there you must be old. 
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Post by: DaveR on October 12, 2010, 10:26:42 PM
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What a great picture of the hotel takes me back a bit.
If you look at the right of the picture there is a small building behind the bushes,it was part of the hotel but what was it?
if you went there you must be old. 
hey Barney, good to have you back.  :)

I'm too young to remember the Hotel as anyone other than a derelict site but often large hotels had a separate building that was used as a Public Bar?
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on October 12, 2010, 10:39:48 PM
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Just think, when you pass Morrisons on the A55, you are passing over the site of that Merry Go Round.

I do think that Dave, and I always think too that it all seemed much better then, or is that just because I was much younger? ?{}?
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Post by: Don Meek on October 13, 2010, 03:30:47 AM
  Forgive me, as a newbie, Please!

and allow me,just for a moment, to congratulate everyone involved, with putting together, this fantastic web site, and collection of outstanding memorabilia?  Truly very entertaining.  Thanks to one and all.

You should all be justifiably proud.   dontheturner (Aged 80)
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Post by: Ian on October 13, 2010, 08:19:54 AM
Glad you like it, Don.     :)
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Post by: barney on October 13, 2010, 09:16:21 PM
Bob on it was an old drinking place for young lads of the Bay called the Tavern, it held about a dozen people at any one time and even had a dart board
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Post by: DaveR on October 23, 2010, 08:37:24 PM
Here's a photo of the St. Enochs Hotel in Colwyn Bay, taken in probably the 1970s:
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Here's a pic I took in 2006, when it was being demolished:
(http://farm1.static.flickr.com/105/262879155_86d1181771_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davellandudno/262879155/)
Demolition (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davellandudno/262879155/#) by SnakeCorp (http://www.flickr.com/people/davellandudno/), on Flickr
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Post by: DaveR on November 02, 2010, 08:31:01 PM
A prosperous looking Colwyn Bay Pier in the 1960s:

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Post by: Trojan on November 10, 2010, 06:34:03 AM
Voryn Hall, Old Colwyn, circa 1954.
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Post by: DaveR on November 23, 2010, 09:29:21 PM
The Peterwood shop in Colwyn Bay in 1963...but whereabouts was it? I had to think about this one for a bit!

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Post by: ormegolf on November 24, 2010, 07:45:15 PM
Looks like on the right going down Penrhyn Road. I'd completly forgotten this firm "Peterwood" but immediately it came back to me that "Dianawood" was named after his wife.  I'm not at all sure but I think they both expanded fast and, as so often happens, came unstuck financially.
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Post by: DaveR on November 24, 2010, 08:04:15 PM
I had to have quite a think to get the location of this one, it's actually at the bottom of Station Road (on the right, going down) and is now a travel agent. The building on its right is that old derelict shop (Nevilles?) that became a real eyesore and was eventually demolished in the 80s and rebuilt as Boots.

Peterwood (who I must admit I'd never heard of until I found the photos)  also had a branch in Llanrwst, on the corner of the Square where Cafe Contessa is now:

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Post by: DaveR on November 27, 2010, 08:48:55 AM
Colwyn Bay Cayley promenade in 1925:

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Post by: DaveR on November 27, 2010, 09:39:30 AM
Couple of train photos from 1964.

Steam train leaves Colwyn Bay heading towards Llandudno Junction. Allen's Depository was demolished to make way for the A55, a pedestrian footbridge now crosses this location at the West End:

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4044/5125151643_050504391c_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alastairwood/5125151643/)
Standard Departure (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alastairwood/5125151643/#) by Alastair Wood (http://www.flickr.com/people/alastairwood/), on Flickr

Heading towards Mochdre. Taken from what is now the pedestrian footbridge by Lookers:

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4046/5125757154_7b3b88afc3_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alastairwood/5125757154/)
Colwyn Bay before the A55 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alastairwood/5125757154/#) by Alastair Wood (http://www.flickr.com/people/alastairwood/), on Flickr
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Post by: Reggie on November 28, 2010, 08:51:24 AM
Many thanks to all who posted these great pictures.
Brought back a lot of memories.
Reg.
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Post by: Reggie on November 28, 2010, 08:53:03 AM
Trojan, the picture of Voryn Hall interests me.
Where exactly was Voryn Hall?
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Post by: DaveR on November 28, 2010, 09:02:26 AM
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Many thanks to all who posted these great pictures.
Brought back a lot of memories.
Reg.
Welcome to the Forum, Reggie. Just been looking at your blog, very interesting. I'm a little bit younger than you but I went to Old Colwyn Junior School and then Bryn Elian.

Your blog post about Colwyn Bay's cinemas was great!
http://boyfromthebay.wordpress.com/2010/07/01/three-cinemas/ (http://boyfromthebay.wordpress.com/2010/07/01/three-cinemas/)
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on November 28, 2010, 09:10:18 AM
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Couple of train photos from 1964.

Steam train leaves Colwyn Bay heading towards Llandudno Junction. Allen's Depository was demolished to make way for the A55, a pedestrian footbridge now crosses this location at the West End:

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4044/5125151643_050504391c_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alastairwood/5125151643/)
Standard Departure[/url] by Alastair Wood (http://www.flickr.com/people/alastairwood/), on Flickr



great pic, the engine is a black five looks to be number 73158 and amazingly there is a model for sale on Ebay of the same engine

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/L245-Bachmann-32-501-Class-5MT-73158-BR-L-E-MIB-/140478459765#vi-desc (http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/L245-Bachmann-32-501-Class-5MT-73158-BR-L-E-MIB-/140478459765#vi-desc)

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Post by: Reggie on November 28, 2010, 12:20:15 PM

Welcome to the Forum, Reggie. Just been looking at your blog, very interesting. I'm a little bit younger than you but I went to Old Colwyn Junior School and then Bryn Elian.

Your blog post about Colwyn Bay's cinemas was great!
http://boyfromthebay.wordpress.com/2010/07/01/three-cinemas/ (http://boyfromthebay.wordpress.com/2010/07/01/three-cinemas/)
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Well thank you very much Dave.
When were you there? I went to Old Colwyn Junior School from '75 to '78 and Bryn Elian up 1983. Do you still live in Old Colwyn?
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Post by: Trojan on December 05, 2010, 10:56:23 PM
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Trojan, the picture of Voryn Hall interests me.
Where exactly was Voryn Hall?

No idea Reg......perhaps Dave knows?
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Post by: DaveR on December 06, 2010, 08:19:29 AM
I *think* Voryn Hall was on the road going up to Penmaenhead, on the left where some small 70s type blocks of flats are:

old colwyn - Google Maps (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=old+colwyn&sll=53.800651,-4.064941&sspn=12.530974,39.506836&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Old+Colwyn,+Colwyn+Bay,+Conwy,+United+Kingdom&ll=53.289604,-3.687855&spn=0.001558,0.004823&t=h&z=18)
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Post by: Yorkie on December 06, 2010, 11:46:18 AM
Voryn Hall from Penmaenhead
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Post by: Reggie on December 08, 2010, 03:06:17 AM
As a kid, my friends and I used to play on a patch of waste ground that lay circled by the 70's style flats to the west, Abergele Road to the south, Churchill Close to the north and Tan y lan road in the east. It was called, "The Camp" but nobody knew why, the name had simply been bestowed on the area before our time and passed on through the years.
There was never any mention of Voryn Hall and when I saw the postcard I suddenly knew, after all these years as to why the name, "The Camp" came about.
Thank you very much all  *&(
ps. Yorkie, the row of houses in the middle right of your picture was where my Gran lived as a young girl, many many moons ago.
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Post by: colwynboy on December 23, 2010, 11:03:24 AM
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This is a view I'd not seen before...Colwyn Bay looking from the First Pier Pavilion Roof circa 1900:

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That is a fantastic view!
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Post by: DaveR on January 14, 2011, 06:07:06 PM
Colwyn Bay in the 1960s:

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Post by: DaveR on February 01, 2011, 07:59:32 PM
The massive auditorium of the Odeon Cinema, Colwyn Bay. Later subdivided into Bingo (Stalls) and Cinema (Balcony). Even after the subdivision, it was still a large cinema.

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Post by: Trojan on February 03, 2011, 02:31:16 AM
Station Road in 1887:
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Post by: Trojan on February 03, 2011, 02:33:05 AM
Station Road in the 1930's:
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Post by: Trojan on February 16, 2011, 03:57:39 AM
Llanddulas Viaduct, 1879. The viaduct was manufactured in components at Crewe railway works and assembled on site. The whole process took a total of 28 days.
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Post by: DaveR on March 13, 2011, 10:21:22 PM
Rhos Abbey Hotel, Rhos On Sea, back in 2000:

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5296/5462226132_dfd74f9301_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/58042074@N05/5462226132/)
Rhos-On Sea (http://www.flickr.com/photos/58042074@N05/5462226132/#) by Frogowski (http://www.flickr.com/people/58042074@N05/), on Flickr
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Post by: Trojan on March 13, 2011, 10:28:47 PM
Brings back memories of The Galleon Bar.  Z**
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Post by: brumbob on March 13, 2011, 11:10:11 PM
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Llanddulas Viaduct, 1879. The viaduct was manufactured in components at Crewe railway works and assembled on site. The whole process took a total of 28 days.
Just remind me again, how long did Maesdu bridge take?
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Post by: Trojan on March 14, 2011, 12:01:28 AM
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Llanddulas Viaduct, 1879. The viaduct was manufactured in components at Crewe railway works and assembled on site. The whole process took a total of 28 days.
Just remind me again, how long did Maesdu bridge take?

It was scheduled to open last July, but construction was delayed by 10 weeks.  :roll:
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Post by: DaveR on May 12, 2011, 05:26:03 PM
These pics will be of interest to Mike, I'm sure. My Father used to mention Hollingdrakes Garage occasionally (he worked at Chester Engineering) but I was never quite sure where he meant in Colwyn Bay. Someone on Flickr has posted some great photos of it from 1966, it was on Princes Drive where the former Welsh Assembly offices/Coach Park were:

Holingdrake May 1966 (10) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/merf29/5712815241/#)
Holingdrake May 1966 (8 ) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/merf29/5713370970/#)
Holingdrake May 1966 (1) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/merf29/5712801087/#)
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Post by: ormegolf on May 12, 2011, 10:28:24 PM
Yes, I remember all these photos. But not all that well because, living in Rhos, if we cycled to Colwyn Bay which we did all the time, generally it would be along the prom, up to Princess Drive and turn left. Alternative would be to the West End and along Conwy Road. So where Hollingdrakes was was a stretch of road we didnt go along. mike
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Post by: Trojan on May 17, 2011, 02:18:45 AM
Mmmmm, Cherry Toothpaste from Colwyn Bay.  :)
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Post by: DaveR on July 11, 2011, 09:14:20 PM
The Princess Cinema (now Wetherspoons) , Princes Drive, in the 1920s:
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Post by: DaveR on July 11, 2011, 09:17:18 PM
The opening ceremony of Colwyn Bay Library, it was partly funded by the U.S. millionaire Andrew Carnegie. The saying on the banner 'Knowledge Is Power' remains true today!
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Post by: DaveR on July 11, 2011, 09:19:57 PM
The Allen & Sons shop in Station Road, Colwyn Bay, in the 1880s. Now the Original Factory Shop, it was the Litten Tree pub for a few years.
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Post by: Trojan on July 13, 2011, 01:40:51 AM
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The saying on the banner 'Knowledge Is Power' remains true today!

"For also knowledge itself is power"  Sir Francis Bacon  ;D

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Post by: DaveR on July 27, 2011, 10:51:26 AM
The Metropole Hotel, at the bottom of Penrhyn Road in Colwyn Bay. After declining during the 1960s and 70s, it ended up as the Flight Level Zero nightclub in the early 1980s until it was eventually shut down. The building was then bought by a Housing Association and converted into flats.

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Post by: Trojan on September 08, 2011, 11:17:06 AM
The Tan Lan Estate, Old Colwyn, early 1960's
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Post by: Trojan on September 20, 2011, 09:41:26 AM
The Dingle
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Post by: Trojan on September 20, 2011, 09:43:53 AM
Pwllycrochan Woods
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Post by: DaveR on January 19, 2012, 09:20:19 PM
The Cosy Cinema in Conwy Road, Colwyn Bay, now Matthews Hardware Store:

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Post by: martin on January 19, 2012, 10:46:39 PM
What a great collection of postcards $good$
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Post by: snowcap on January 20, 2012, 12:30:13 AM
is that car an austin eight, 1940ish?
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on January 20, 2012, 07:56:18 AM
I would say yes (after a google search)
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Post by: Yorkie on January 20, 2012, 09:31:39 AM
I do believe that was like the 8 tourer which had the accelerator pedal BETWEEN the clutch and brake pedals.   Bit awkward at first but great for heel and toeing!    ;)
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Post by: DaveR on January 20, 2012, 07:06:24 PM
A later view of the Cosy Cinema after closure, the entrance was where the Telefusion shop is in the photo. The tiny Newsagents shop to the right is still there today:

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Post by: AlanR on February 06, 2012, 01:34:49 AM
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This is a view I'd not seen before...Colwyn Bay looking from the First Pier Pavilion Roof circa 1900:

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That is a fantastic view!

Brilliant photo - also shows part of the newly opened enlarged railway station at Colwyn Bay.
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Post by: ormegolf on February 06, 2012, 08:37:32 AM
Yorkie mentions the Austin 8 having the accelerator pedal in between the clutch and foot brake. I didn't know that but my first car, a 1926 Humber, had pedals in those positions. Also the handbrake was on the right hand side and throttle and advance and retard quadrants on the top of the steering column. Mike
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Post by: Yorkie on February 07, 2012, 08:45:34 AM
One of my first cars was a Standard Flying 20 (pic below) which with its Frog Eye headlights was a fore-runner to to SS Jag.   I also remember the old Lanchesters and Daimlers with their Fluid Flywheel  clutch giving a sort of automatic drive facility.  And we also had the Freewheel knob that let you disengage the drive and freewheel down hills to save fuel!  Those were the days!

The advance and retard on the column was to aid starting (by retarding) and improve higher speeds by advancing the distributor spark to the cylinders.   :D
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Post by: ormegolf on February 08, 2012, 07:30:48 AM
I'm not too sure of my memory here but no doubt Yorkie can put me right. I think this model of Standard, was it prewar? If so, I think it was fitted with Bendix brakes. These were revolutionary in their day inasmuch as the brake shoes "floated" so as the brake shoes expanded when the brake pedal was touched and they came into contact with the rotating brake drum, the shoes themselves rotated slightly so the harder the pedal was touched the greater the braking effect. Grand---best brakes around.
Unfortunately if you happened to want to brake when reversing the exact opposite occurred , the harder you pressed the less brakes you had. It was o k if you knew the car, but absolutely lethal in reverse if you didn't know it Mike
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Post by: Yorkie on February 08, 2012, 08:39:21 AM
The Flying 20 was 1939 I think and when I had mine in the mid 1950's I was not technically minded  as far as cars were concerned - I had discovered girls!   And they were complicated enough for me!    :D

I was also doing my bit of National Service with the RAF.
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Post by: DaveR on April 03, 2012, 10:27:17 AM
Not an old postcard, but a very interesting YouTube video about Colwyn Bay:
History of Colwyn Bay (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1le5tXu4wY#)
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on February 13, 2013, 11:43:24 AM
from a Sixties guide book, it all looked great then!



(http://i1088.photobucket.com/albums/i331/penrhynpigeons/P1010732_edited_zpsb317b44b.jpg)
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Post by: DaveR on February 13, 2013, 11:45:28 AM
Yes, the final years of Colwyn Bay as a successful holiday resort. Great postcard.
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Post by: DaveR on April 23, 2013, 06:51:32 PM
Miniature Railway that ran between the Pier and Eirias Park:
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on April 23, 2013, 07:30:17 PM
Many excellent old pics of Colwyn Bay appearing on Facebook.
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Post by: viv on April 23, 2013, 09:56:49 PM
new contributor on Facebook - group Colwyn Bay Past and Present by Colin Gorgan; also Residents of Old Colwyn - photos by Brian Owen
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Post by: DaveR on May 09, 2013, 01:25:12 PM
Nice shot of the second Colwyn Bay Pier Pavilion:

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Post by: Merddin Emrys on May 14, 2013, 10:54:54 PM
More from my old book
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Post by: DaveR on May 15, 2013, 08:16:40 AM
You can see the raised stump halfway along the prom that was to be the entrance to the yet to be built Pier.
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Post by: DaveR on July 14, 2014, 01:57:38 PM
Interesting aerial photo of Colwyn Bay from 1920 (click image to see full size). There's a lone railway siding that runs behind what is now Wetherspoons as far as Station Square, never seen that before:

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Post by: DaveR on September 17, 2014, 10:00:16 AM
"Colwyn Bay's Pier and Pavilion is rapidly taking on a new look, as work continues on a large scale modernisation for the structure, Clwyd. 20th May 1969"
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Post by: SDQ on September 17, 2014, 10:03:21 AM
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"Colwyn Bay's Pier and Pavilion is rapidly taking on a new look, as work continues on a large scale modernisation for the structure, Clwyd. 20th May 1969"


It should be a crime that it was allowed to go from that to what we have today in less than 50 years!!!
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Post by: DaveR on September 17, 2014, 10:13:40 AM
You can almost sense the optimism that the Pier's new owners had by building the new Golden Goose building, a feeling that they would be able to revive the pier's fortunes with a contemporary entertainment and amusements offering.

I like how the various turrets on the pier reflect the three ages of the structure. At the front, is the original pineapple style turret of the entrance kiosk, dating from 1900. Behind the new build section are the two art deco style turrets, dating from the rebuilt Pavilion in 1934. In the middle is the new building in 1969, with a geodesic style roof, reflecting seaside sandcastles.
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Post by: SteveH on September 17, 2014, 11:26:33 AM
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You can almost sense the optimism that the Pier's new owners had by building the new Golden Goose building, a feeling that they would be able to revive the pier's fortunes with a contemporary entertainment and amusements offering.
I like how the various turrets on the pier reflect the three ages of the structure. At the front, is the original pineapple style turret of the entrance kiosk, dating from 1900. Behind the new build section are the two art deco style turrets, dating from the rebuilt Pavilion in 1934. In the middle is the new building in 1969, with a geodesic style roof, reflecting seaside sandcastles.
That's why your the photographer,.... and I take snaps . :)
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on September 17, 2014, 11:40:47 AM
It was a Golden age that I doubt will return sadly, in decline ever since cheap foreign holidays, a great shame!
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Post by: DaveR on October 02, 2014, 12:53:24 PM
A bustling Colwyn Bay Prom in the 1950s (click to view full size):

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