The old markets of Abergele

Local historian Goronwy Davies has done a great job of documenting Abergele’s agricultural history with his book “A brief History of the Markets and Fairs at Abergele North Wales”. There are some lovely old photos and the accounts of the visits to the town by the Royal Welsh Show, including lists of local prizewinners, show the huge research effort made. I’m not sure where this book is available to buy, so if you’re reading this and you know where to get hold of a copy, please use the comments form at the bottom of this page to let other AbergelePost readers know.

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Abergele and The People’s Collection Wales

Maldwyn Huges has been in touch via our comments section to let us know about a project he’s working on to research and digitise the Abergele Town Council Archives so these treasures can be shared on the Casgliad y Werin Cymru / The People’s Collection Wales website.

Maldwyn lives just past Penrefail on the road to Llanfair TH. He’s been working with Town Clerk, Mandy Evans, on this project. After finishing with this archive he wants to offer his services by offering to scan interesting photos owned by people living in Abergele and the surrounding area. He would then pass these scans on to the bilingual People’s Collection website, which is run by the National Library of Wales.

If you’d like to work with Mal on digitising and sharing your treasured photos and items, Mal’s email address is (at)

As he says: “We know much about the celebrities and politicians of the country, those who have the media’s spotlight turned on them, but we want to know about the ordinary men and women of Wales, their lives and their experiences.”

Celebrating 31 years behind the bar at the George and Dragon
Celebrating 31 years behind the bar at the George and Dragon

Llanfair TH charity cyclists reached Paris

parisLlion Griffiths and Clive Williams of Llanfair TH have sucessfully completed their 450 mile journey to Paris. They did it to raise money for the Macmillan Cancer Support Charity. You can read the background here, along with Justin Hinchliffe’s updates in the comments.

Here’s Justin’s final entry on 16 July:
“JOB DONE!! Arrived here in Paris at around 7pm. 14 hours on the bike today so a long last day, but well worth it! Off out now for some well-deserved cool beer and some food. Going to do some sightseeing tomorrow then make our way back to Wales. . . . .by VAN! Many thanks to all who have donated to our challenge. It’s been tough, but worth it!”

Many congratulations to the cyclists.

Paris or bust, by bike from Llanfair TH

llion1“Two local lads from Llanfair TH, Abergele have this morning set off in the early hours on their 450 mile journey to Paris, France.” writes Justin Hinchliffe of Bodfari, Denbighshire.

“Llion Griffiths and Clive Williams were waved off this morning by myself from the bridge in Llanfair TH and they headed off towards St Asaph, Denbigh, Ruthin and onto Llangollen over the stunning Horseshoe Pass. They aim to finish today’s stint over 100 miles away in Worcester. Here they will have a well deserved rest and then start the next days cycling.

“They are doing this to raise money for the Macmillan Cancer Support Charity so every penny they raise will be going straight to this well worthwhile cause. Llion and Clive have been training very hard for over 12 months now and are extremely determined to complete this mammoth task. ”

One of the cyclists Llion Griffiths says: “We really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations. Here is the link for the Virgin Giving Money page that has been set up for Donations.