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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Here are some photos from 2003 from the Dennis Parr Collection to remind you:
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?
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.
Can anyone help to date this map please?
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.
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
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:
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:
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:
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?
When you look closely enough at old photos like this it’s surprising how many memories it brings back.