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Title: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: DaveR on September 19, 2010, 02:43:38 PM
A thread for old photos and postcards of Conwy...

Here's another lantern slide currently up for sale on Ebay, showing a section of the Quay (in use as a scrapyard!) and the Castle in the early 1900s:

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Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: DaveR on September 19, 2010, 02:48:17 PM
The 'Old College' in 1850 (now the bookmakers in Castle Street):
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Plas Mawr, High Street, in 1907:
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Prince Llewelyn Monument and Boot Inn, date undetermined:
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Lower Gate Street Arch, date undetermined:
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Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: suepp on September 19, 2010, 06:33:13 PM
(http://)
This is from an old slide taken in the 1960's
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Post by: suepp on September 19, 2010, 06:34:27 PM
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Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: DaveR on September 19, 2010, 07:47:18 PM
Nice photos, Sue. Here's one of the Black Lion, Castle Street in the 1960s, when it was an antique/book shop:
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Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: DaveR on September 19, 2010, 07:48:19 PM
,,,and one of the Estate Office in Lancaster Square in 1974, shortly before demolition. This is where the 'bombsite' is now:
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Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: DaveR on September 19, 2010, 07:52:22 PM
Conwy Bridge under construction in the 1950s:
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Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: DaveR on September 19, 2010, 07:53:22 PM
Conwy's Civic Hall ablaze sometime in the 1960s - does anyone have a date for this yet?
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Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: Trojan on September 20, 2010, 07:05:15 AM
Aerial view circa 1967:
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Post by: Trojan on September 20, 2010, 07:06:30 AM
Castle St & Temperance Hotel.
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Post by: Trojan on September 20, 2010, 08:15:57 AM
Conwy Castle circa 1895:
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Post by: DaveR on September 20, 2010, 09:19:03 AM
That last one of Conwy Castle in colour is a good one.  &well&
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Post by: Trojan on September 20, 2010, 08:51:33 PM
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That last one of Conwy Castle in colour is a good one.  &well&

Must be Kodachrome.  L0L
Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: DaveR on September 22, 2010, 06:33:12 PM
Conwy from the Castle - early 1900s:
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Conwy High Street 1925
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Conwy Toll Gate 1925
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Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: Merddin Emrys on September 22, 2010, 10:15:47 PM
great pics there *&(  It's always amazed me how the builders of the archways new to make them big enough for todays traffic ;D  If only todays planners could think so far ahead :)
Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: Yorkie on September 23, 2010, 08:01:33 AM
It is also amazing how many TOLL roads there were in those days!    *&(
Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: DaveR on October 01, 2010, 05:49:12 PM
Porth Uchaf, you can see the now demolished school through the archway. The following pics were kindly provided by forum member, Pendragon:
Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: DaveR on October 01, 2010, 05:50:46 PM
Conwy Suspension Bridge from the castle, looks to be 1920s or 30s:
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Post by: DaveR on October 01, 2010, 05:52:46 PM
The original Conwy Railway Station:
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Post by: DaveR on October 01, 2010, 05:53:50 PM
The most photographed house in Conwy:
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Post by: DaveR on October 01, 2010, 06:03:18 PM
Nice clear shot of the High Street:
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Post by: DaveR on October 01, 2010, 06:07:57 PM
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great pics there *&(  It's always amazed me how the builders of the archways new to make them big enough for todays traffic ;D  If only todays planners could think so far ahead :)

Joking aside, quite a few of Conwy's archways are not original, the one above was constructed by Thomas Telford for his new road in 1826, as was the one on the Bangor Road. Curiously, the little pedestrian archway at the side of the harbourmaster's office is original. The one on Berry Street was built to enable easier access to the Bodlondeb Estate sometime in the 1800s. The oldest way into Conwy is the archway opposite the British Legion (by Conwy Visitor Centre), the pathway actually predates the town walls as a means of access into Conwy, hence it is on an odd angle to the walls themselves.

Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: Merddin Emrys on October 01, 2010, 08:40:54 PM
Thanks for that info Dave *&(  it's still amazing that in 1826 that they could have anticipated such large traffic ^^^^ (*) ^*^0 00
Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: DaveR on October 06, 2010, 09:18:28 PM
Conwy Castle & Quay in 1885:

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Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: DaveR on October 06, 2010, 10:06:04 PM
Miss Barlleg's school Conwy in 1885 - but where was it located?

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Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: DaveR on October 06, 2010, 11:40:11 PM
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oking aside, quite a few of Conwy's archways are not original, the one above was constructed by Thomas Telford for his new road in 1826, as was the one on the Bangor Road. Curiously, the little pedestrian archway at the side of the harbourmaster's office is original. The one on Berry Street was built to enable easier access to the Bodlondeb Estate sometime in the 1800s. The oldest way into Conwy is the archway opposite the British Legion (by Conwy Visitor Centre), the pathway actually predates the town walls as a means of access into Conwy, hence it is on an odd angle to the walls themselves.
This map from 1800 shows how few ways in/out of Conwy there were back then:
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Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: Fester on October 07, 2010, 12:24:15 AM
But thats the point isn't it?

If I built a castle and a walled town, I would want VERY FEW ways into it!

Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: Trojan on October 07, 2010, 06:34:15 AM
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But thats the point isn't it?

If I built a castle and a walled town, I would want VERY FEW ways into it!



"Long Shanks" was no dummy.  $uk
Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: DaveR on October 08, 2010, 07:58:02 PM
Harp Inn in 1809 (now the site of the Spar shop):
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Conwy Town in 1850:
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Upper Gate Street in 1822:
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Conwy Castle in 1742:
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Conwy Castle from Benarth Lodge in 1885 (note recent repairs to castle tower!)
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Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: DaveR on October 08, 2010, 10:34:42 PM
Map of Conwy produced in 1776:
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Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: Trojan on October 10, 2010, 06:17:57 AM
Double-headed "Black 5" locomotives passing through Conwy, summer 1960.

It's remarkabe how "Long Shanks"  $uk anticipated the building of the railway, by adding that arch to the castle walls, some 600 years before the actual tracks were laid. Now that's what I call a visionary!  ;D
Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: Fester on October 10, 2010, 10:57:30 PM
Trojan,
Longshanks  $uk was even cleverer than that!  (Or maybe it was the Savoyard castle builder)

He even anticipated the advent of hot chocolate fudge cake with ice cream, by building a fantastic little upstairs cafe adjacent to the castle gates!

Yummmmm.

Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: DaveR on October 11, 2010, 08:15:22 AM
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He even anticipated the advent of hot chocolate fudge cake with ice cream, by building a fantastic little upstairs cafe adjacent to the castle gates!

Yummmmm.
This one?
http://www.stdavidsproperty.com/asp/detail.asp?l=&p=204&o=1 (http://www.stdavidsproperty.com/asp/detail.asp?l=&p=204&o=1)   ;)
Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: Trojan on October 11, 2010, 09:36:21 PM
"Longshanks"  $uk would have a fit if he saw those PVC windowframes.
Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: DaveR on October 11, 2010, 09:44:36 PM
Loading Fish on Conwy Quay 1961
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Honey Fair Conwy Black Lion 1959
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Honey Fair Castle Steet Conwy 1959
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Conwy Quay in 1959
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Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: Trojan on October 11, 2010, 09:53:39 PM
Excellent photos!  :)
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Post by: DaveR on October 11, 2010, 10:03:40 PM
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Excellent photos!  :)
Cheers, mate! Here's a few more...all from Conwy Honey Fair in 1959:

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Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on October 11, 2010, 10:09:52 PM
Excellent and very interesting. Thanks
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Post by: Ian on October 12, 2010, 08:10:20 AM
Excellent - and very good resolution.
Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: DaveR on October 12, 2010, 08:31:30 AM
I suppose I should reveal my source, it is the website of the National Library of Wales:
http://cat.llgc.org.uk/cgi-bin/gw/chameleon?skin=eresources&lng=en&search=KEYWORD&function=SEARCHSCR (http://cat.llgc.org.uk/cgi-bin/gw/chameleon?skin=eresources&lng=en&search=KEYWORD&function=SEARCHSCR)
 $wales
Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: Ian on October 12, 2010, 08:52:54 AM
That's quite a treasure trove of photos, Dave.   
Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: DaveR on October 12, 2010, 09:25:02 PM
It's an excellent website. A couple more old photos:

Conwy in 1795 (what is that large building behind the town to the right?)
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Conwy from Bryn Corach in 1885
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Castle Cottage Conwy in 1885 (is this the one that was demolished when they built the new entrance to the castle a few years ago?
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Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: DaveR on October 12, 2010, 09:26:57 PM
A rather uncomfortable looking Mr T J Hughes, Conwy's Town Crier in 1875:

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Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: Quiggs on October 12, 2010, 11:57:54 PM
Would that large building be the Council Offices at Bodlondeb?
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Post by: Ian on October 13, 2010, 08:08:40 AM
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A rather uncomfortable looking Mr T J Hughes, Conwy's Town Crier in 1875:

Did he found a department store in Liverpool?
Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: DaveR on October 13, 2010, 08:15:28 AM
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Would that large building be the Council Offices at Bodlondeb?
I was thinking that was possibly the case but it looks too far to the left (unless the artist made a mistake). Looking on a modern aeral view, it would seem to be where Bryn Corach is now but its not the same building as Bryn Corach looks much smaller:
(http://www.ntopsearch.com/media/images/6/e/6ed68a6f-2ccb-41e3-a9f2-0663c84897b7/6ed68a6f-2ccb-41e3-a9f2-0663c84897b7.jpg)
Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: DaveR on October 13, 2010, 08:18:40 AM
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A rather uncomfortable looking Mr T J Hughes, Conwy's Town Crier in 1875:

Did he found a department store in Liverpool?
Probably just a coincidence but who knows, I can't find any more information about him.

I did find another website of photos, though:
http://www.peoplescollectionwales.com/Discover/Results/p_1/?keywords=conwy&tags=conwy&types=items (http://www.peoplescollectionwales.com/Discover/Results/p_1/?keywords=conwy&tags=conwy&types=items)
Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: Bri Roberts on October 13, 2010, 08:29:42 AM
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Loading Fish on Conwy Quay 1961
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Judging by the hairline, that looks like my Uncle Dai standing behind the front two.

He was the foreman/driver for Oaklands Haulage who had a yard in Victoria Drive in Llandudno Junction and had the contract to take the fish down to London.

In the early sixties, I once went down with him to London Billingsgate to deliver the fish.

I've never forgotten that first visit to London.
Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: DaveR on October 13, 2010, 09:13:07 AM
 *&( The Quay looked much better in those days when it was actually used for something. These days, it seems a bit dull and lacking in character, just a place for people to eat their chips.  :(
Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: DaveR on October 13, 2010, 09:15:46 AM
J A Higginbottom Garage and Marine Engineers on the Quay in the 1930s:

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Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: DaveR on October 24, 2010, 09:25:41 PM
Some photos of the Quay in 2006. before all of the buildings on it were demolished.  :(

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Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: Trojan on November 09, 2010, 11:01:26 PM
Born in 1770, one of England’s earliest romantic poets - William Wordsworth - visited Conwy during a summer vacation. Here, he was inspired to write the poem about a small child who visits her family grave.

A small plaque and wrought iron frame now covers the little grave, which can be seen within the grounds of St Mary’s Parish Church.

—A simple child,
That lightly draws its breath,
And feels its life in every limb,
What should it know of death?

I met a little cottage girl:
She was eight years old, she said;
Her hair was thick with many a curl
That clustered round her head.

She had a rustic, woodland air,
And she was wildly clad;
Her eyes were fair, and very fair;
—Her beauty made me glad.

"Sisters and brothers, little maid,
How many may you be?"
"How many? Seven in all," she said,
And wondering looked at me.

"And where are they? I pray you tell."
She answered, "Seven are we;
And two of us at Conway dwell,
And two are gone to sea.

"Two of us in the churchyard lie,
My sister and my brother;
And in the churchyard cottage, I
Dwell near them with my mother."

"You say that two at Conway dwell,
And two are gone to sea,
Yet ye are seven! — I pray you tell,
Sweet maid, how this may be."

Then did the little maid reply,
"Seven boys and girls are we;
Two of us in the churchyard lie,
Beneath the churchyard tree."

"You run about, my little maid,
Your limbs they are alive;
If two are in the churchyard laid,
Then ye are only five."

"Their graves are green, they may be seen,"
The little maid replied,
"Twelve steps or more from my mother's door,
And they are side by side.

"My stockings there I often knit,
My kerchief there I hem;
And there upon the ground I sit,
And sing a song to them.

"And often after sunset, sir,
When it is light and fair,
I take my little porringer,
And eat my supper there.

"The first that died was sister Jane;
In bed she moaning lay,
Till God released her of her pain;
And then she went away.

"So in the churchyard she was laid;
And, when the grass was dry,
Together round her grave we played,
My brother John and I.

"And when the ground was white with snow,
And I could run and slide,
My brother John was forced to go,
And he lies by her side."

"How many are you, then," said I,
"If they two are in heaven?"
Quick was the little maid's reply,
"O master! we are seven."

"But they are dead; those two are dead!
Their spirits are in heaven!"
'T was throwing words away; for still
The little maid would have her will,
And say, "Nay, we are seven!"
Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: Trojan on November 09, 2010, 11:34:04 PM
The Castle and Telford suspension bridge from differing eras.

The last one is from the late '30's.
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Post by: Trojan on November 09, 2010, 11:37:33 PM
The castle entrance:
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Post by: Pendragon on November 09, 2010, 11:48:43 PM
We are seven is a lovely poem but it's just that. Much the same as Bedd Gelet (one of my favourite welsh stories) until I read an old book and it explained the story was merely a ploy by a south walian landlord who wanted to boost trade in his pub in the victorian era. Gutted I was Gutted.

I bet the "ugly house" was lies too..............................................................please say no!!!
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Post by: Trojan on November 09, 2010, 11:56:01 PM
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We are seven is a lovely poem but it's just that. Much the same as Bedd Gelet (one of my favourite welsh stories) until I read an old book and it explained the story was merely a ploy by a south walian landlord who wanted to boost trade in his pub in the victorian era. Gutted I was Gutted.

I bet the "ugly house" was lies too..............................................................please say no!!!

Yes, I also read about the true meaning of Gelert's grave.

Here's the story of Ty Hyll and the two outlaw brothers that built it. http://snowdonia.org.uk/attra/ugly/ugly.htm (http://snowdonia.org.uk/attra/ugly/ugly.htm)
Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: Trojan on November 09, 2010, 11:58:38 PM
From the Ugly House we now turn to the smallest house in Great Britain:

(Looks like a scary character standing outside  :o)
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Post by: Trojan on November 10, 2010, 12:04:43 AM
A misty morning on the Conwy:

(Note the Anglicized spelling on the majority of these old postcards)
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Post by: Trojan on November 10, 2010, 12:11:48 AM
Various views of the Conwy Morfa Army Camp:
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Post by: Trojan on November 10, 2010, 12:17:07 AM
Four more:
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Post by: Trojan on November 10, 2010, 12:20:59 AM
The Bangor Road Arch:
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Post by: Trojan on November 10, 2010, 12:22:26 AM
Beechwood Court:
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Post by: Pendragon on November 10, 2010, 12:23:22 AM
I've got some of those photos, the last one if you look closely through the arch you can see the Albion as a three story bui;lding. Facinating love it  ZXZ
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Post by: Pendragon on November 10, 2010, 12:24:14 AM
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I've got some of those photos, the last one if you look closely through the arch you can see the Albion as a three story bui;lding. Facinating love it  ZXZ
The last photo on the arch I mean x
Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: Trojan on November 10, 2010, 12:27:18 AM
Marine Walk:
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Post by: Trojan on November 10, 2010, 12:27:58 AM
Marine Gardens:
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Post by: Trojan on November 10, 2010, 12:29:53 AM
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I've got some of those photos, the last one if you look closely through the arch you can see the Albion as a three story bui;lding. Facinating love it  ZXZ
The last photo on the arch I mean x

 X:((
Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: Trojan on November 10, 2010, 12:37:00 AM
Another view of Porth Uchaf for Pendragon:
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Post by: Trojan on November 10, 2010, 12:45:21 AM
Various views:
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Post by: Trojan on November 10, 2010, 01:09:46 AM
Paddle steamers:
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Post by: Trojan on November 10, 2010, 01:48:20 AM
Low Gate:
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Post by: Trojan on November 10, 2010, 01:49:46 AM
Lancaster Square.

The top photo shows the Commercial Hotel on the left.
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Post by: Trojan on November 10, 2010, 01:50:57 AM
A winter scene:
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Post by: Trojan on November 10, 2010, 02:07:03 AM
Moonlight:
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Post by: Trojan on November 10, 2010, 02:08:25 AM
The town walls:
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Post by: Trojan on November 10, 2010, 02:11:09 AM
Castle & tubular railway bridge:
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Post by: Trojan on November 10, 2010, 02:13:15 AM
From the Embankment:
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Post by: Trojan on November 10, 2010, 02:42:10 AM
Plas Mawr:
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Post by: Trojan on November 10, 2010, 02:53:26 AM
A couple more of the Army Camp:
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Post by: Trojan on November 10, 2010, 02:54:24 AM
Oakwood Park Hotel:
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Post by: Trojan on November 10, 2010, 02:55:16 AM
The parish church:
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Post by: Trojan on November 10, 2010, 06:22:51 AM
Conwy Castle with two Bobbies in the foreground.

I was wondering what the fenced off circle area was to the right of the picture. Surely there was no mini roundabout at that location in those days?  ?{}?
Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on November 10, 2010, 02:41:17 PM
Talking of Steamers Trojan

I remember reading one of my dads book ages ago. I read the story of the Rothsay (castle) steamer. It left liverpool docks 1831 and ran aground by Puffin Island. Two fellas one old and one young found themselves clinging to the same plank of wood as the steamer sank. it soon became apparent that the plank would not support the pair of them, the old man wanted to let go to save the life of the young man, and the young man felt vice versa. They both let go of the plank at the same time.  both thinking the other had died they were reunited on the beach at Puffin Island.

Now how heroic is that, I have to be honest people, I hope you don't ever end up on the opposite side of my sinking piece of plank, 'cos I'll tell you now, I will have a better excuse to live and I'll kick harder lol  :-* _))* L0L
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Post by: Trojan on November 10, 2010, 04:20:33 PM
I would have had an even better excuse to live.

I would have changed into my divers suit with the help of my shopkeeper friend before I even set foot on the boat.  8)

"Look at those two planks trying to stay afloat"   $happy$
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Post by: Trojan on November 10, 2010, 04:24:42 PM
Found another of Porth Uchaf:
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Post by: Pendragon on November 12, 2010, 04:57:25 PM
I was wondering what the fenced off circle area was to the right of the picture.

I asked a friend of mine what the fenced circle was he said it was just a small garden feature.
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Post by: Trojan on November 14, 2010, 03:07:06 AM
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I was wondering what the fenced off circle area was to the right of the picture.

I asked a friend of mine what the fenced circle was he said it was just a small garden feature.

Seems such a small garden for such a big castle.  8)

Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: DaveR on November 20, 2010, 09:36:02 PM
Army Cadet Force, marching through Conwy on a Remembrance Day Parade c.1968. Added to the Gallery by BrianP:

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Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: DaveR on December 03, 2010, 06:39:49 PM
Bangor Road in 1925:
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Post by: Yorkie on December 03, 2010, 07:04:09 PM
Looks very similar today except for the long arm of the Law!    L0L
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Post by: DaveR on January 08, 2011, 08:49:59 PM
Aerial shot of Conwy in the 1960s. Note the large Railway Goods yard in front of the walls which is now a landscaped area and path from town to car park, also the Vicarage Gardens car park is still the Vicarage Gardens at that point!

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Post by: DaveR on January 14, 2011, 06:27:19 PM
Looking out through the doors of the Civic Hall, maybe in the 1920s. I was interested to see that the building was referred to as the 'Market Hall' back then:
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Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: DaveR on January 23, 2011, 07:32:41 PM
A few slides of Conwy in the 1950s:

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2585/3731470841_eb74e81f21_z.jpg?zz=1) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/recoveringscot/3731470841/)
1950s Conwy, North Wales (03) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/recoveringscot/3731470841/#) by doveson2008 (http://www.flickr.com/people/recoveringscot/), on Flickr

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1950s Conwy, North Wales (04) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/recoveringscot/3731471031/#) by doveson2008 (http://www.flickr.com/people/recoveringscot/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: tolly on January 25, 2011, 01:32:07 AM
I love the quote.... D)
Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: DaveR on February 14, 2011, 08:50:50 PM
Castle Street, Conwy:
Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: Trojan on February 16, 2011, 04:22:27 AM
November 1957: The new road bridge under construction.
Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: Trojan on February 16, 2011, 04:23:36 AM
Some photo's from 1963:
Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: Trojan on February 16, 2011, 04:52:46 AM
A Vintage car crossing Telford's Suspension bridge circa 1912.
Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on February 16, 2011, 11:38:49 AM
Some excellent photos Trojan.  $cool$
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Post by: Trojan on February 16, 2011, 03:50:39 PM
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Some excellent photos Trojan.  $cool$

I liked the one Dave displayed above of Castle Street, especially the Cycle Depot.

Cycles built to order on the premises - I expect they shipped parts in from a manufacturer like Sunbeam then assembled them? (note the advertisemnts on the roof)

 $00$
Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: Nemesis on February 16, 2011, 06:44:38 PM
The sign  'Sanitary Plumbers 'made me smile . *&(
Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: DaveR on February 16, 2011, 09:52:46 PM
That plumbers shop is where the Chinese Takeaway is now, just by the bus stop on Castle Street.
Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: DaveR on February 19, 2011, 07:28:19 PM
Conwy in the early 1900s(?), taken from Conwy mountain. The Bodlondeb mansion is clearly visible on the left.

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Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: DaveR on March 22, 2011, 09:53:49 PM
Advert for the sale of the contents of Bodlondeb, Conwy, in 1936:

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Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: DaveR on June 03, 2011, 08:42:48 PM
Advert for the Clemence Hotel & Restaurant, Castle Street. They also ran the Tudor Room Cafe (above the Palace Cinema):

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Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: DaveR on June 03, 2011, 08:49:13 PM
Ramicone's Ice Cream Parlour, High Street:

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Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: DaveR on June 03, 2011, 08:53:53 PM
Eaton & Co, of Ye Olde College, Conwy:

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Post by: DaveR on June 03, 2011, 08:58:33 PM
Higginbottom, Engineers, Conwy Quay:

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This was the Garage:

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Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: DaveR on June 03, 2011, 09:08:09 PM
You have to laugh - this old press clipping from 1992 is moaning about the lack of progress to sort out the derelict bombsite in Conwy after 18 years. Now, in 2011, another NINETEEN YEARS LATER, the place is still a derelict mess!

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Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: Trojan on September 08, 2011, 10:55:35 AM
Conwy Castle & bowling green in the early 1960's.

Does anyone know what that long ladder was used for?

It can't be the window cleaner.  :-X
Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: Trojan on September 08, 2011, 11:09:12 AM
Conwy from Deganwy 1961.

The scene has hardly changed in 50 years.
Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: dwsi on September 13, 2011, 06:17:42 PM
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Morfa Drive - 10th June 1993 - The aftermath of the floods

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1965 Victoria Drive roundabout

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1950 Beach House, Conwy Morfa

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1962 Champion Bakeries, Conwy Morfa

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1962 - 68 Penmaen Road
Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: DaveR on September 20, 2011, 09:05:04 AM
I was looking at the map of Conwy from 1890 and noticed that the Post Office was shown as being on Castle Street - was it the building that is now the Council office next to the NatWest bank, or was it maybe even the bank itself? There is a Post Box and Phone Box outside, which is the usual clue as to the former location of a Post Office.

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Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: DaveR on September 20, 2011, 09:14:03 AM
There is also a mention on that map of 'the house with the curious arms on it' - a reference to the Old College. The Arms are the carved wooden supports underneath the first floor window.

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Only a very small remnant of the Arms remains today, above the BetFred shop:
conwy - Google Maps (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=conwy&hl=en&ll=53.28097,-3.827426&spn=0.006633,0.01929&sll=53.800651,-4.064941&sspn=12.322317,39.506836&vpsrc=6&t=h&z=16&layer=c&cbll=53.281069,-3.827558&panoid=PSNFnADeFWjT0z9V2EI1LQ&cbp=12,200.44,,0,-12.71)
Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: Trojan on September 20, 2011, 09:36:19 AM
Conwy Promenade
Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: Paulakelsall on October 04, 2011, 09:44:01 PM
Does anyone know where the house known as Bro Llewelyn on Bangor Road, Conway was? I had relatives by the name of Evans living there between c1901-1929. Any photographs would be great  $thanx$

I also came across another address yesterday in a 'Letters of Administration' document dated 1843 for a John Owen(s) Mariner deceased - Township: Myn y Don; Parish: Conwy; County: Caernarvon; Diocese: Bangor. Any clues as to where Myn y Don is/was?  ???
Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: suepp on October 05, 2011, 01:21:53 AM
In the 1929 Directory Bro Llewellyn was in between Tower House and Bro Tudwal.  Edward Evans is listed as a Joiner
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Post by: suepp on October 05, 2011, 01:54:29 AM
Min y Don was on Morfa Drive in the same directory  - obviously many years later so could be totally the wrong track, but was part of the Dr.Garrett convalescent home and sanatorium which was made up of three large houses
Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: Bri Roberts on October 05, 2011, 06:39:50 AM
Before he passed on at an early age, an earlier home of David ‘Tower House’ was just on the left of Bangor Road immediately after one had gone through the top arch so I am assuming Bro Llewelyn would have been the second house.

The houses were situated just before the left turn up Mount Pleasant.

The properties have long since been demolished.
Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: Paulakelsall on October 05, 2011, 08:25:36 PM
Thanks 'Suepp' I had seen the entry in the Trade Directory, unfortunately I didnt know where Tower House and Bro Tudwal where either.

I suspected Bro Llewelyn might have been through the arch before turning up Mount Pleasant but good to have someone else confirm it. Thank you 'Bri'. I know my dad told me years ago that houses around there were demolished when a program of clearing the town walls was undertaken. Just need an old photo now!

Interesting comments on Myn-y-Don Sue, I'll have to look into it further. Had a quick look on the 1841 Census but couldn't see any mention of it.

Thanks again

Paula



Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: Paulakelsall on October 18, 2011, 10:37:33 PM
Regarding the photo (posted Sept  10) of the two boats on the Quay, my dad believes they could be the "Penorva" (wooden vessel) owned by Jack Williams (jack Nick) & "Glenmoore" (dark blue boat) which belonged to the Barr brothers.

Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: kgem on April 21, 2012, 06:00:41 PM
I found a good collection of old photos of conwy and llandudno on this website.

http://www.peoplescollectionwales.co.uk (http://www.peoplescollectionwales.co.uk)
Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: BilkoBailey on April 30, 2012, 02:42:44 PM
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Conwy's Civic Hall ablaze sometime in the 1960s - does anyone have a date for this yet?
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The Theatres Trust web site has it listed as in continuous use until 1966 when it was rebuilt after the fire.
Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on July 25, 2012, 02:29:44 PM
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Miss Barlleg's school Conwy in 1885 - but where was it located?

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I took some photos a while back round the back of The Mansion in Conwy high Street and the background houses look very familiar to the ones located there.  I'll have to upload the pics to confirm.
Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on July 25, 2012, 04:25:03 PM
These are the little houses I was talking about.......maybe they were the servants quarters at some time?  The little door made me think that it was maybe where the school was in the above the post.
Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: DaveR on December 22, 2012, 09:15:38 PM
Conwy Honey Fair, September 15th, 1960. Photo by Geoff Charles.

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Ffair Fel Conwy (http://www.flickr.com/photos/llgc/8182088209/#) by LlGC ~ NLW (http://www.flickr.com/people/llgc/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy (Reply #57 on: November 10, 2010, 12:11:48 AM)
Post by: BilkoBailey on February 26, 2014, 02:09:26 PM
Thanks for these lovely photos.  As a young boy brought up on the Morfa, I recognise many features in these pics, Including Beach House, my grandparent's house, and The Beacons - in whose ruins I used to play.  However, whilst the first photo is certainly one of many Army camps of that era - it is most definitely NOT Conwy Morfa.  A cursory examination of the adjacent river & skyline will confirm this (by those familiar with the area - or by comparison to the other photos which are "The Morfa" camp). :o
Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: BrianP on February 26, 2014, 08:42:43 PM
Hello BilkoBailey,
You are correct, The first postcard in the group of tented camps on the Morfa is at Deganwy. You can see the main channel of the river at low tide, on the left. And because it looks out over towards Anglesey, no high ground over the horizon.
Brian
Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on February 28, 2014, 10:14:40 PM
This picture was in Chrissy's Kitchen in Conwy.  She said she had received it from a friend a few years ago.  I asked if I could copy it and in return I reframed it.  I've never seen this picture before and so I asked the locals in the Legion.  They were divided between Rosemary Lane which runs up between the Railway station and the HSB Bank (was) and the where the Harbour Office is situated now.  Personally because you can see the turret in the background and it matches up with the view now, it's unmistakably where the Harbour office is.  It looks like it too used to be a pub but I've yet to find out which one.
Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: BilkoBailey on March 01, 2014, 04:28:37 PM
Would that be "The Royal Oak"?
Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on March 03, 2014, 03:35:55 PM
No the Royal Oak was on the Quay but the other side near the Smallest House.
Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: SteveH on August 03, 2015, 12:45:51 PM
28 Nostalgic pictures show Conwy through the 20th century
These nostalgic pictures show some of the iconic landmarks and locations of Conwy through the 20th century.

From Conwy Castle to the Conwy tunnel, these places are synonymous with the historic town.

You can see the Conwy Bridge being built in 1958 and sightseers pack the platforms to welcome first train into the re-opened Conwy station.

There are also images of fishermen unloading fishing boats on Conwy Quay in June 1949 and scouts marching through the town during the parade to celebrate the coronation of George V on June 22 1911.

If any of these pictures stir any memories you can get in touch by tweeting @dailypostwales , via our Facebook page or by commenting at the bottom of this article.

If you enjoyed this article you might also like our nostalgic pictures of Caernarfon, Mold, Holyhead, Colwyn Bay, Bangor, Llandudno, Wrexham, Llangollen, Connah's Quay, Prestatyn and Rhyl.

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/nostalgia/nostalgic-pictures-show-conwy-through-9753234 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/nostalgia/nostalgic-pictures-show-conwy-through-9753234)
Title: Re: Old Photos of Conwy
Post by: Paulakelsall on October 04, 2017, 12:08:14 AM
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This picture was in Chrissy's Kitchen in Conwy.  She said she had received it from a friend a few years ago.  I asked if I could copy it and in return I reframed it.  I've never seen this picture before and so I asked the locals in the Legion.  They were divided between Rosemary Lane which runs up between the Railway station and the HSB Bank (was) and the where the Harbour Office is situated now.  Personally because you can see the turret in the background and it matches up with the view now, it's unmistakably where the Harbour office is.  It looks like it too used to be a pub but I've yet to find out which one.

Whilst researching "Rodyn" the birth place of a relation in Conwy (Owen Owens b1817-d1899), I came across the following information and wondered if one of the properties in the photo could indeed be Rodyn?

CONWY QUAY
ARCHAEOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT
REPORT NO. 273
Prepared for :
CONWY COUNTY BOROUGH COUNCIL
November, 1997 by Andrew Davidson
Ymddiriedolaeth Archaeoloegol Gwynedd Gwynedd Archaeological Trust

Lifeboat station and former cottages called 'Rodyn'.  A modern building with pebble dashed walls and pitched slate roof which houses the Inshore Rescue Boat. A row of cottages formerly stood on this site, which were taken down in the 1920's. They were called '"Rodyn" after the lime-kiln (ocryn=kiln) which preceded them and which is shown on the 1777 Holland map. The cottages are visible on a number of photographs and on a painting by Warren Williams (information kindly supplied by Mrs Pattison).