The building of Abergele Woolworths

The building of Abergele Woolworths is shown in this photo from the Dennis Parr Collection. This moment marks the end of an era in Abergele. There used to be a grocer’s shop called Canol Dre (middle of town) which was the last to cut and sell butter. This photo shows the coming of a new store to town: F. W. Woolworth…

Photo from the Dennis Parr Collection of grocer's shop called Canol Dre in Abergele.

Oldham Battalion, Manchester Regiment (circa 1914), at Kinmel Park Barracks

Mike Madden writes:

“I have attached 2 pictures. One of the Oldham Battalion (Pals) Manchester Regiment. And one with my Grandfather’s section, George Madden, seated in the centre of the front row. I think both pictures were taken in 1914 at Kinmel Park Barracks”

 Oldham Battalion (Pals) Manchester Regiment. And one with my Grandfather's section, George Madden, seated in the centre of the front row. I think both pictures were taken in 1914.  Oldham Battalion (Pals) Manchester Regiment. And one with my Grandfather's section, George Madden, seated in the centre of the front row. I think both pictures were taken in 1914.

We’re grateful to Mike for sharing these gems from his family’s collection.

Gwrych Castle beachside bathing house Ty Crwn is being auctioned in London

Heather Dalton and Neil Lawless from Beresford Adams Estate agents in Abergele have been in touch with news of the sale of an historic local property at an auction in London with a guide price of £150k this month.

“We are currently marketing a property to go to auction on December 16th, this particular property may be of curiosity to you as it was built as a bathing house for Gwrych Castle. The property is called Ty Crwn and is on Llanddulas Road, Abergele.

“It is advisable that anyone wishing to bid on the property makes contact with Countrywide Property Auctions

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Abergele Grammar School football team 1943-44

Andy Hilton (aka Nigel Hinton) has been a long-time contributing editor to AbergelePost.com. He wrote recently:
“I wonder if you can help me out. You may recall that some time back I put out an appeal via AbergelePost.com 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