Wales

Throwback Thursday: MOSTYN Art Gallery, Llandudno

MOSTYN Art Gallery – the building on the right in the below picture – is a contemporary art gallery in Llandudno, Wales. The history of the gallery begins in 1895 in Conwy with the Gwynedd Ladies’ Art Society. They asked the philanthropist and photographer Lady Augusta Mostyn to secure new premises for them and this building became the home of the society from 1901 to 1903. Women were not permitted in the male artist’s societies so this is possibly the first art gallery dedicated to exclusively exhibiting work by female artists in the world. Interestingly that wasn’t the original intention of Lady Augusta who wanted it to be a space for local people to use (many of the Society members were actually based elsewhere in the UK) and eventually the Society was asked to leave.

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Throwback Thursday: Andrew Fraser Memorial Clock, Colwyn Bay, Wales

This striking clock in Colwyn Bay was presented to the town by Andrew Fraser’s parents in 1989. Andrew was a musician who played violin in the Welsh National Youth Orchestra. He died in Brussels in 1984 at the age of 33.

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Throwback Thursday: Doors, Llandudno, Wales

Inspired by The Red Phone Box Travels posts about doors, here are some interesting doors found around Llandudno in Wales. The first picture is of a side door to Gloddaeth Church which has some pretty stained glass windows.

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Throwback Thursday: Post Box, Anglesey, Wales

This is an example of a wall mounted post box; this type were introduced in around 1857 as a cheaper alternative to the pillar box style for small towns and rural areas. They were either mounted into existing walls, as this one was, or into purpose built brick pillars.

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Throwback Thursday: Lamp Post, Llandudno, Wales

Originally a gas lamp, which was invented from around 1807, a lamplighter would have rested his ladder against the specially constructed set of horizontal bars, as they lit the flame at dusk and then again in the morning as they extinguished it.

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Throwback Thursday: Post Box, Llandudno, Wales

Some of the first post boxes in the UK, dating from around 1866, were hexagonal in shape, like this one by the promenade in Llandudno with a cap that is decorated with acanthus leaves and which was designed by J W Penfold.

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Throwback Thursday: Clock, Colwyn Bay, Wales

This clock, which has certainly seen better days, was outside a restaurant unsurprisingly called The Clock House.

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Throwback Thursday: The Llandudno War Memorial

The Llandudno War Memorial commemorates those who died in both World Wars. It’s a large obelisk with a golden ball at the top that was first unveiled in 1922. It was designed by Sidney Colwyn Foulkes.

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Throwback Thursday: Bodlondeb Castle, Llandudno

Bodlondeb Castle in Llandudno was built as a house in the 1890s for Thomas P Davies. Davies, who was the manager of the local St George’s Hotel, had been commissioned by a rich guest staying at the hotel who wished to remain anonymous to build the castle. However, once he returned after the building had been completed and realised that it didn’t come with a big enough plot of land he declared he was no longer interested and left, leaving Davies with a huge building to try and get rid of. It was unsurprisingly known locally thereafter as Davies’ Folly.

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The Welsh Mountain Zoo

The Welsh Mountain Zoo in North Wales opened on 18 May 1963 and became the National Zoo of Wales in 2008. It was founded by the naturalist Robert Jackson and run by him and after his death by his family until 1983 when it was taken over by the Zoological Society of Wales. One of its more interesting features is its location, as the name suggests, high up a mountain with views of the sea as well as woodlands.

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