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Abergele Hesketh Market early 1900s

Here are two photos of Abergele Hesketh Market from the Dennis Parr Collection, thought to have been taken in the early 1900s. The auctioneer’s name on the shed apex  is Chas P Sheffield. The photos may not have been taken at the same time.

Abergele Hesketh Market early 1900s from the Dennis Parr Collection reproduced with permission Abergele Hesketh Market early 1900s from the Dennis Parr Collection reproduced with permission

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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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 archifau.archives@conwy.gov.uk
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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Glynn Cinema, Abergele

Here’s a photo from Dennis Parr’s collection (reproduced with kind premission) of the old Glyn Cinema in Abergele Market St.

Glynn Cinema, Abergele, by Dennis Parr
Glynn Cinema, Abergele, by Dennis Parrn
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Foxhole, Foxhole, Abergele

Here’s a photo by Dennis Parr of Foxhole, the quaint suburb of Abergele on the slopes of Tan-y-Goppa, just off the road to Llanfair TH.

Foxhole Abergele by Dennis Parr
Foxhole Abergele by Dennis Parr
Posted in Dennis Parr Collection events traditions

Remember the Sunday morning car-boot sales at Abergele Market

Here are some photos from 2003 from the Dennis Parr Collection to remind you:

Abergele Market Car Boot Sale - Copyright Dennis Parr Collection

Abergele Market Car Boot Sale – Copyright Dennis Parr Collection

Abergele Market Car Boot Sale - Copyright Dennis Parr Collection
Abergele Market Car Boot Sale – Copyright Dennis Parr Collection

This Sunday Market split opinion in our town. Some saw it as a way of invigorating Abergele and bringing in trade to what has traditionally been a market town; others resented the traffic, the parking chaos and all the noise on a Sunday.

What did you think? Would you like to see it return?

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Early road plan of Abergele. Very old map.

I’m not sure of the age of this old road plan of Abergele, owned by Dennis Parr, but it looks very old. It shows the old – now demolished – houses on Peel Street. Apart from those lining Market Street, other buildings are sparse.

Old map of Abergele From the Dennis Parr Collection
From the Dennis Parr Collection

Can anyone help to date this map please?

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The Old Abergele Mill

How many of you can remember this old limewashed windmill at the junction of Chapel Street and High Street? These photographs, from Dennis Parr’s collection and reproduced with his  permission, show the old mill before it was demolished.

Abergele Mill. Copyright Dennis Parr.
Abergele Mill. Copyright Dennis Parr.
Abergele Mill. Copyright Dennis Parr.
Abergele Mill. Copyright Dennis Parr.
This is one of  a series of images of Abergele from Dennis Parr’s collection. Mr Parr will be familiar to many who’ve lived in the town since the 1960s. He used to run Parr’s shops in Market St.
We’ll be publishing more images from the Dennis Parr Collection on this site over the coming months.

 

Dennis Parr's photo of Abergele October 1976
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Abergele after that hot summer of 1976

Even though it was October, the grass was still quite yellow when Dennis Parr took this photo of Abergele in 1976. We’d just sweated through a really hot droughty summer. You can see the corrugated iron roofs of the Market in the photo and a few fields which have now been built upon.

I wonder if we’ll have a summer like 1976 again soon…?

Dennis Parr's photo of Abergele October 1976

Dennis Parr’s photo of Abergele October 1976

 

Posted in Dennis Parr Collection history

Easily-forgotten features of Abergele Market Street 1961

I wanted to highlight a few elements of the fantastic photo of a 1961 parade in Abergele Market Street by Dennis Parr (see the full original photo here).

 


 
First of all is the Parr’s shop sign above Parr’s the toyshop in the early 60s. I love this logo:

 

1961-parrslogo

 


Secondly, do you remember the vending machines outside the shop? You could buy fresh milk as well as chocolate bars and Beech Nut chewing gum:

 

1961-vending


 

Next, do you remember when we used to rent our television sets instead of buying them? Here’s the Telehire TV rental shop, as it used to be called before it was Rediffusion:

 
1961-telehire
 


Finally, we’ve already shared Dennis Parr’s photo of the cafe above his toyshop, but how many of you remember the cafe above Wade’s?

 

 

1961-cafeabovewades

 


When you look closely enough at old photos like this it’s surprising how many memories it brings back.