Two Hundred and Fifty Miles through North Wales: Day 6, Part 4

The group arrive in Llandudno at 2.15 and find accommodation with Mrs W Lewis in Gloddaeth Cottages, Bodafon Row. They encounter a ‘plague’ of flies, watch performing canaries on the promenade and buy china from Fell’s Auction Room.

Imperial Hotel, Llandudno

DD/DM/1113- Picture of the Imperial Hotel, Llandudno, from the original diary 'Two hundred and fifty miles through North Wales on a wagonette'

We pass over the beautiful bridge to the road, the railway on our right, the Bay on our left, we look back and get a fine view of the Castle and Bridge.  We drive over the rails at Llandudno Junction station, up the hill past Castle Vice Inn, past Mostyn Arms tea gardens and a very pretty Church on our right through the village of Tywyn and the ruins of Deganwy Castle.  This Castle was a Royal residence up to the year 810 when it was destroyed by lightning, it was rebuilt by Hugh Lupus, Earl of Chester, it was again destroyed 460 years later by Llewellyn the Great.  Henry the third with his garrison were once prisoners here.

We arrive in view of Llandudno as we drive on down the road, with the Little Ormes head on our right, and the town of Llandudno on our left.  We have a pretty view of the place, eventually arriving there at 2.15.  We put the horse up in the stables behind the Imperial Hotel, and find comfortable apartments close by at the house of Mrs W Lewis, Gloddaeth Cottages, Bodafon Row off Vaughan Street.  Here we find our first misfortune “dear ah me I have lost my umbrella”, first thing I telegraph where I think I had left it, but no go, it must have dropped out of the wagonette as we were travelling, it had gone, gone for ever, so farewell dear old gingham.  Well the next item in the programme was a jolly good tea, all very nice, but we were plagued with a swarm of flies, you could scarcely put a piece of bread to your mouth without meeting a blue bottle on the way.  The plague was dreadful, all through the town it was the same, I never saw anything like it, there were millions. 

After tea we spent some time on the promenade watching some performing Canaries and other birds.  There was a great rush to the edge of the water to see a lady and gentleman land from a small boat, they had been rowing outside the pier, when the oar broke, and they were being carried out to sea.  Fortunately they were seen by the Pier Master, and a boat sent to their rescue, they looked very sheepish when they landed.  We sat down on the beach, and assisted the “Lady Champion duck stone player” (Mrs P J) in a game on the beach.  After that we killed time by visiting the ground where Sequah, a vendor of patent medicines, was accomplished [in] some wonderful cures. The wind being so very high it blew his lamps out and the “performance” had to be abandoned, so we marched off the ground to the fine old tune of “Take me in your arm love and blow the Candle out”, most excellently and harmoniously murdered by Professor Ellis.  There being no places of amusement worth seeing we dodged into Fells Auction room and spent our evening buying Chinaware etc etc that we returned to “FlyCastle” and up to bed.

Records relating to Conwy are held by Conwy Archive Service. More information about their holdings is available at http://www.conwy.gov.uk/archives

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