Two Hundred and Fifty Miles through North Wales: Day 9, Part 1

The group leave Rhyl, describing the town as a ‘a favourite place for pleasure seekers’, they eventually arrive at Prestatyn, having taken the wrong road, and ending up miles out of their way.  They pass Rhuddlan Castle, Point of Ayr, Mostyn, Greenfield, Holywell arriving at the Cross Foxes in Flint at 12.30.

Rhuddlan Castle

DD/DM/1113- Picture of Rhuddlan Castle, from the original diary 'Two hundred and fifty miles around North Wales on a wagonette'

Ninth Day

Tuesday 23rd September 1890

Rhyl to Point of Ayr, Mostyn, Holywell, Flint and Chester

Another wet morning as we bid good bye to Rhyl, this place early in the present century, was a small fishing hamlet.  It is now a favourite place for pleasure seekers, the air is pure and the sands very fine.  An Iron Pier 700 yards long, forms an agreeable promenade.

At 20 to 10 “Tommy” is again ready and we drive a round about way through country lanes and fields evidently on the wrong road, we see an old rustic bridge by the hills to our right, then drive past a lead mine and some gipsies.  Eventually we come out at Prestatyn where we had been previously I know not, we had evidently “gone wrong” and many miles out of our way.  In the direction of Rhuddlan where there is an old castle, we passed on our left some very pretty but very low cottages, one story high, we pass on through a lane, skirting a wood, where we see the keeper, keeping a close watch on a lot of your pheasants in the distance.

We see the light house and Point of Ayr, pass on through a place called Ffynnongroew and Linegar post office on to Mostyn.  We pass a lead works on our left where there is a fine water wheel, then on through Greenfield, leaving Holywell a little while on through the long dirty looking village of Bagillt to Flint, where we arrive at 12.30, the last few miles have been through the most dirty looking and miserable part of our journey.  We put up at the Cross Foxes atFlint, in the stable yard we were fortunate in “finding” a bakers tray full of hot Eccles cake.  After parting with a little more of the family plate, Ellis became the possessor of some portion which we enjoyed. 

Historically Rhyl and Prestatyn were parishes in Flintshire, for more records relating to Rhyl and Prestatyn follow this link

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One Response to “Two Hundred and Fifty Miles through North Wales: Day 9, Part 1”

  1. Steven Davies Says:

    Sarah, only time for a quick comment, just to say it looks really good and I like the idea of serialising a travel diary – works really well as an Archive blog.
    We would really like to do something like this too, though I suspect it will have to wait until online CALMview and our online gallery finally get sorted out!

    Steve (Flintshire Record Office)

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