Thursday, 17 May 2012
Monday, 14 May 2012
The tired looking Deganwy Castle Hotel awaits the start of renovation work to convert it into a Boutique Hotel and Luxury Apartments after closing a year or two back.
Just a reminder of what a great part of the world we live in.
Monday, 7 May 2012
In spite of the weather, Prom Day at Colwyn Bay seemed to pull in the crowds after a slow start.
I especially enjoyed the 'Team Extreme' show, where a group of professional bmx riders, skaters and skateboarders performed stunts. Here's just one shot showing a BMX rider in mid air as he performs a stunt.
Saturday, 5 May 2012
Monday, 30 April 2012
In 1939, The Air Ministry took over the former Slate Quarry at Glyn Rhonwy for use as an Ammunition Store. They built a two storey concrete building within the former quarry and piled 40 feet of slate waste on top to disguise it. Unfortunately, a poor design meant that a large section of the building collapsed, burying thousands of tonnes of ammunition and an entire train. As 20% of the entire RAF ammunition supply was stored here, this was a major calamity. The collapsed section was cleared but not rebuilt. The site continued in use until the 1950s. Then it was discovered that hundreds of tonnes of faulty explosives etc had been simply dumped in the lakes by the sides of the quarry. This resulted in a major clean up operation which lasted until 1976. The site is now awaiting development.
Full information about this site can be found here:
Tuesday, 24 April 2012
The large complex of buildings where the slate was cut and dressed remains intact, even down to narrow gauage railway engines and wagons standing as they were left on the final day. Time, theft and vandalism have taken their toll but much still remains and the quarry is an important relic of the industry that once employed thousands of local men.
A full photo tour of Maenofferen can be found on my Flickr website at:
Tuesday, 3 April 2012
The news that the Heritage Lottery Fund have declined to contribute £4.9m towards the restoration of Colwyn Bay Pier is certainly a setback to community group Shore Thing's plans, but not a fatal one.
Personally, I think Shore Thing would be better served just harnessing the goodwill within the community and get stuck in to tidying the pier up and getting the shoreward end building reopened - it's tatty, certainly, but perfectly usable with a few repairs. Get the cafe going again (maybe in the old bar area to take advantage of the panoramic views), get the tackle shop reopened to bring in some rent, have a display of plans/ideas for the pier, an art gallery etc etc. All this could be done for a few thousand pounds and some volunteer labour.
Surely a display of effort and enthusiasm from the local community would make organisations such as the HLF far more likely to contribute in future?
Wednesday, 28 March 2012
After several years, the deadlock over Colwyn Bay Pier's ownership has finally been broken, with Conwy County Borough Council announcing today that it has purchased the structure. A decision is still awaited regarding a Heritage Lottery Fund to kick off the renovation work. At long last, we can look forward to some positive movement for this key element of Colwyn Bay's Promenade.
Tuesday, 27 March 2012
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Sunday, 25 March 2012
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Sunday, 19 February 2012
It now seems that it is far older than previously thought and is now regarded as the 2nd oldest medieval building in Conwy town (Aberconwy House being the first). It has been the subject of a Dendro-Chronology (counting tree rings) lab test and its timbers have been dated as felled in 1441/2 when it was an urban 2 bay open hall house with jointed crucks. The conversion into a stone walled hearth-passage vicarage by Vicar John Brickdall was dated 1589. It therefore has national importance.
Given this news, isn't it about time that CCBC took a far firmer line with the Owner that has left it to languish in a state of near dereliction? The same owner that wanted to install three en-suite bathrooms and demolish part of the building to build a car port, if my memory serves me correctly! I think its Listing should also be upped to Grade I and it was given a more sympathetic owner willing to treat it with the care its age demands..
The original article about the history of the Black Lion can be viewed here.
Sunday, 12 February 2012
Start of the Annual 10Km Nick Beer Road Race on Llandudno Promenade this morning. Over 800 runners took part in the run right around the Orme and back to Venue Cymru. The winner usually completes in around 30 minutes, which is pretty impressive!
Monday, 16 January 2012
As you know, you can never have too many photos of Llandudno Pier on this Blog. I'm quite pleased with this photo, like the angle and lighting.
Monday, 2 January 2012
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