Rhyl is a Victorian seaside resort and watering place on the north-east coastline of Wales. Boasting a long, sandy beach and an ideal location off the A5 coast road of north Wales, Rhyl developed as a new town in the 1830s and 1840s largely due to the rise of sea bathing tourism. Its close proximity to Liverpool and Manchester quickly made it a popular destination with tourists from the north-west of England, while the arrival of the railway in 1848 introduced visitors from London. The town rapidly enlarged and improved, providing all the facilities required of a seaside destination including a 2,115ft long pier, an artificial boating lake, pleasure rides and miniature railway. According to a guidebook written by Mark Luke Louis, an immigrant from France, in 1854, Rhyl boasted one of the most modern train stations, finest baths, libraries and reading rooms, not to mention elegant hotels lining the seafront. In addition to praising these modern holiday amenities, Alphonse Esquiros from France also highlighted the sight of the mountains of Snowdonia further inland creating a most picturesque backdrop for this coastal town. By the second half of the century, Rhyl’s reputation as a fine holiday destination had travelled far and wide, and coasting steamers from Liverpool and Lancashire docked here routinely. In the twentieth century the town showed off the world’s first passenger hovercraft service. Thanks to the town’s modern layout, healthy climate and broad offer of popular attractions at affordable rates, another French writer, D’Arcis, praised Rhyl as an ideal destination for families and a children’s paradise, which came alive every summer. He was particularly fond of the beautiful and safe beaches, the orchestras playing across town and the many puppet plays which were on show for children.
The Queen's Palace Hotel was built in 1901-2.
During the Royal Charter gale of 25-26 October 1859, the unique Rhyl lifeboat shown in the image above took part in rescue of the crew of the schooner ORIENTAL of Lancaster. The schooner was driven ashore by Foryd Telegraph Station and the lifeboat went...
[The sands, Rhyl, Wales] [between ca. 1890 and ca. 1900]. 1 photomechanical print : photochrom, color. Notes: Title from the Detroit Publishing Co., catalogue J--foreign section. Detroit, Mich. : Detroit Photographic Company, 1905. Print no. "10646"....
Donkeys at the beach in Rhyl c1917
Rhyl Beach c1917
Rhyl Harbour c1910
The pier first opened in 1867 and was finally demolished in 1973.
This handbill lists the attractions and events which were held on the Pier, Rhyl, on Monday 14 August 1899. These included a 'great water Carnival' with swimming races and diving competitions. Musical entertainment was also provided by George H. Penn's...
Created by Paul Baker of Diabolus in Musica, and currently on display in Rhyl Museum.
The entrance to the pier was behind the site of the Sea Life Centre currently on the promenade.
The bather is sitting in a basket chair with an image of West Promenade and Rhyl Pavilion.
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