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Art Deco in Rhyl, North Wales (i)

Rhyl is only a few miles from Prestatyn so we popped along the coast a bit. It’s a seaside town so naturally there’s some Art Deco.

Former Burton’s. Typical Burton’s Deco style:-

Burton's, Rhyl

Art Deco style clock tower on East Parade. Nice bridge behind:-

Clock Tower, Rhyl

Rhyl, Clock Tower

Then there was this building still with its original Critall windows:-

Critall Windows, Rhyl

The Premier Inn on East Parade has something of the look, horizontals, verticals but no rule of three:-

Premier Inn, Rhyl

Rhyl Premier Inn

Prestatyn

(I’ve been away over the weekend and so missed posting about Mac Davis and Helen Reddy. More anon.)

Anyway, here are some more photos from our trip to North Wales last September.

Prestatyn stands below a steep hill at the top of which there is a great view over the North Wales coast, looking over to Rhyl on the left with Prestatyn to the right:-

View from Hill Top, Prestatyn

Halfway up the hill there is a house with a balcony containing statues of two lookouts commemorating an RAF observation post there during the Second World War.

Lookout 1:-

Lookout, Prestatyn

Lookout 2:-

Further Lookout, Prestatyn

Both lookouts:-

Both Lookouts, Prestatyn

Near the top of the hill is the Eagle & Child Inn (also known as the Bird and Bastard):-

Eagle & Child Inn, Prestatyn

Prestatyn, Eagle and Child Inn

The above is not a badly parked car. It’s half a car:-

Half Car, Eagle & Child Inn, Prestatyn

Bastion Road, Prestatyn

Home of Prestatyn Town FC.

From Hawarden we took a wee trip along Wales’s north coast and stopped at Prestatyn to see friends.

Near the seafront on, erm, Bastion Road, I spotted the local team’s football ground. (I see from Google Maps the ground is actually named Bastion Gardens.)

Ground from northwest:-

Bastion Road, Prestatyn

From west:-

Prestatyn FC's Ground, Bastion Road

Prestatyn FC, Bastion Road

Older Mold

Apart from its two Art Deco buildings (and even they were minor – see previous post) most of the architecture in Mold was fairly undistinguished.

St Mary’s Church (Eglwys y Santes Fair) prominent at the end of the High Street and built in thanksgivinbg for Henry VII of England’s victory at Bosworth Field was an exception.

Stitch of two photos:-

St Mary's  stitch

Tower and door:-

St Mary's Church, Mold, Wales

Information board:-

St Mary's church info, Mold, Wales

So too was this Tudor style building with unusual glazing, just opposite St Mary’s :-

Tudor style S (windows)

Note the S-shaped pattern of the glazing on this zoom:-

Tudor Style + S Patterned Windows, Mold, North Wales

Art Deco in Mold, North Wales

The town of Mold is only a few miles from Hawarden. Its Welsh name is Yr Wyddgrug. I found two Art Deco buildings.

Thsi one has unusual diamond patterns in the brick work. Now housing the olive tree and The Bookshop:-

Art Deco in Mold, North Wales

There was also a former Woolworths, now a B&M Bargains:-

Art Deco, Former Woolworths, MOld

Detail:-

Former Woolworths, Mold, Detail

Racecourse Stadium, Wrexham

On the way back out of Wrexham I made sure to stop to photograph the Racecourse Stadium (formerly the Racecourse Ground,) home of Wrexham FC, which I’d spotted on the way in. I see from the link above it’s actually Wrexham AFC.) The club has recently been the subject of feverish speculation due to interest in it from some Hollywood actors.

Southwest corner:-

Racecourse Stadium, Wrexham, Southwest Corner.

Main Stand from west:-

Racecourse Stadium, Main Stand from West

Main Stand. Stitch of two photos:-

Racecourse Stadium, Main Stand

East Terrace:-

East Terrace, Racecourse Stadium, Wrexham

East Terrace, part of Main Stand, North Stand behind:-

Racecourse Stadium, Wrexham

Main Stand from east:-

Main Stand Racecourse Stadium, Wrexham

Part of North Stand, seen through gap between East Stand and Main Stand:-

Part of North Stand, Racecourse Stadium, Wrexham,

Traditional Architecture, Wrexham

It always seems odd to find modern companies like Boots and Vodafone in old Tudor style buildings like this:-

Tudor Style in Wrexham

Tudor Style from Gates of Church of St Giles:-

Tudor Style from Gates of Church of St Giles

Gates to Church of St Giles – the Wonder of Wales apparently:-

Gates of Gates to Church of St Giles, Wrexham

St Giles Church tower:-

St Giles Parish Church, Wrexham, Wales

We didn’t go in – as I recall there was something going on – but the inside is very distinctive.

More Post-War Graves, Hawarden

Hawarden had an RAF Station established on 1/9/1939. (A friend of ours did part of his National Service there.) I assume that is why there are so many Commonwealth War Graves Commission graves.

These are again CWGC type headstones but with domed top.

Sergeant E A Reakes, RAF, 8/1/1953 aged 28 and Sergeant E F Wheeler, RAF, 8/1/1953, aged 18.

Post-War Graves, Hawarden

These stones are dated 1955 as I recall, all RAF servicemen. A plane crash?

More Post-War Graves, Hawarden

More Non-War Graves, Hawarden

Portland stone headstones but not usual Commonwealth War Graves Commission shape.

Squadron Leader M E Le Gallez, RAF, 22/4/1962, aged 41 – outwith wartime and Charles Arthur Coatman, 17/7/1942, Lands Officer, Air Ministry – wartime but not in military:-

Not War Graves? Hawarden

More non-war graves:-

Hawarden, Not War Graves?

But one of them, Sergeant J Lowe, RAF, has an inscription relating to the Battle of Britain. He died on 8/10/1973, aged 53:-

Not War Graves, Hawarden

RAF War Graves, Hawarden, Overview

Commonwealth and non-Commonwealth graves:-

Hawarden War Graves Overview

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