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St George’s Rd, Abergele


Here’s a photo of St George’s Rd, Abergele, by Sion Jones.

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Abergele Grammar School football team 1943-44

Andy Hilton (aka Nigel Hinton) has been a long-time contributing editor to He wrote recently:
“I wonder if you can help me out. You may recall that some time back I put out an appeal via to see if any of our readers had any group photos of past Abergele Grammar School pupils, to include in the magazine. I recently heard from Derek Harper, who attended the school between 1940-44. I replied to him direct & we’ve subsequently spoken on the phone.
“He’s a sprightly 87 year old gentleman who, in his time, was very much into sports, especially athletics, winning numerous & various awards. During his (almost) 2 years in the army just after the war, he became a Physical Training Instructor, whilst even in his 60’s he was still competing at sports. He also attained his Private Pilots Licence, so you get some idea of his mettle, though he did mention that he’s now only allowed to fly solo, i.e. wiithout passengers, in view of his advancing years. So, that’s some of his background.
“His original email & 3 photos are attached, prepared by his daughter, as he says he’s not overly computer savvy. What I hope we can do is upload the 3rd image to the appeal page on the site, as a fairly large size, so that the readers can better view the pupils with their teacher. All of their names are included in image No.2. “
“Derek  says he also has a list of the teachers who were at the school during his years there & will post that information on to me in due course.”

Thanks Andy and Derek. Here are Derek’s photos. Click on the image to see them at their original size. Please feel free to use the Comments section to add any information, names or stories.

Abergele Grammar School football team 1943-44 - Derek Genders Abergele Grammar School football team 1943-44 - Derek Genders

Abergele Grammar School football team 1943-44 and Derek Genders
Abergele Grammar School football team 1943-44 and Derek Harper
Posted in Dennis Parr Collection Pensarn people photos WWII

The Abergele Home Guard

Here are two photos from the Dennis Parr Collection of the Abergele Home Guard. One was taken on a wooded hillside and the other is thought by Dennis to be taken at the Marine Hotel in Pensarn.

photos from the Dennis Parr Collection of the Abergele Home Guard: photos from the Dennis Parr Collection of the Abergele Home Guard:



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Abergele’s War Memorial at St Michael’s Church

Armistice Day photo of Abergele's War Memorial taken in November 2014 by Sion Jones
Armistice Day photo of Abergele’s War Memorial taken in November 2014 by Sion Jones

Abergele’s War Memorial at St Michael’s Church.

Dyma’r Cofeb yn Abergele i’r hogiau na ddaethant adre o’r rhyfeloedd 1914-1918. Hefyd 1939-1945.

As Wikipedia says: “Armistice Day (which coincides with Remembrance Day and Veterans Day, public holidays) is commemorated every year on 11 November to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning—the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918. While this official date to mark the end of the war reflects the ceasefire on the Western Front, hostilities continued in other regions, especially across the former Russian Empire and in parts of the old Ottoman Empire.”

Posted in Dennis Parr Collection history

Some news about the Dennis Parr Collection of Abergele photos

Judging by the comments here and on Facebook, local photographer Dennis Parr’s photographic collection has given many readers great enjoyment over the past months.

Dennis has written to say that he’s deposited his entire photographic collection, which numbers around 500 gems, with the Conwy Archives Department in Llandudno.

Ms Susan Ellis of the Archive has kept them for safekeeping and they will be available to view at the Llandudno Archives facility.
The Archive Service is based at: The Old Board School, Lloyd Street
Llandudno, Conwy LL30 2YG.  (01492) 577550
The Conwy Archive Service is open to the public every Monday to Thursday from 10:00 to 12:30 and 13:30 to 16:30.

1979 Abergele Carnival photo by Dennis Parr
A statement by a woman attending Abergele Carnival 1979 from the Dennis Parr Collection, now at the Conwy Archives in Llandudno.


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Lady Emily’s Tower, Abergele

This watchtower is called Lady Emily’s Tower. It’s  near Cefn yr Ogof and is a familiar landmark to everyone who drives along the A55 north Wales coast road between Abergele and Llanddulas. It’s a 1930s folly commissioned by Lord Hesketh’s wife, Lady Emily, so she and the children could go painting and take in the air (source)

Lady Emily's Tower
Lady Emily’s Tower

There are a few stories associated with this landmark. My favourite is the one told to me by a friend of my father’s – on the condition that I didn’t publish his name. When he was a boy in the late 1950s, he and his friends ‘borrowed’ a tailor’s dummy of a woman from the back of an Abergele dress shop. They marched the dummy up to Lady Emily’s tower and hung her from a rope round her neck from the branch of a tree through the tower’s window. Seeing the body swinging over the cliff, several car drivers on the road below stopped at phoneboxes in Llanddulas and Abergele to call the police to say they’d witnessed a tragedy.

The police retreived the dummy and returned her to the dress shop owner and I don’t think my father’s friend was ever found out.