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gaztrucker

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local building firms
« on: September 10, 2018, 06:44:12 PM »
hey guys local builders they built our towns i,ll get the the ball rolling ashworth bros. woolers. .tyldesleys. edward jones. welmar. price bros. and many more come on lads i bet a few of us did labouring for some of these

Cambrian

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« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2018, 08:01:08 AM »
Here's few I remember

Vallance & Hughes
T Alun Hughes
Bryncote Builders
J W Owen & Hughes
S W Owen


I enjoy these posts of yours Gaz.  Gets the memory going!

Bri Roberts

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« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2018, 10:33:09 AM »
Gorst

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« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2018, 12:48:02 PM »
Richard Williams of Deganwy built my great grandparents house in Rhos in 1900, and I believe started their builders merchants business in the late 30's, and still going strong.

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« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2018, 02:46:33 PM »
In earlier days, builders had their own supplies of stop tap covers and inspection chamber covers, usually sourced from local foundries.  It's still possible to see many examples locally with the name of the builder cast in the surface cover.  There are a few in Craig y Don with "W. Dobinson & Son" on them.  Another local builder and funeral undertaker who was based in Builder Street (!).

Bri - I think there may have been two separate Gorst firms, Eldon R Gorst and O E Gorst & Sons.

Another couple which come to mind from the 70s:

Dodwell Builders
McNeill & Co


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« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2018, 03:05:04 PM »
Thank you, Cambrian, for the clarification.

gaztrucker mentions welmar as being a local firm.

I assume he is referring to Whelmar who built our home nearly 40 years ago.

I seem to think they were a Chester company who eventually were swallowed up by Salvesen Homes.

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« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2018, 04:25:23 PM »
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Bri - I think there may have been two separate Gorst firms, Eldon R Gorst and O E Gorst & Sons.

Don't forget Barry Gorst who built some houses on the Penrhyn Beach Estate,  I very nearly bought a plot of land from him on the cliff side of Penrhyn Beach east but I backed out of it at the last minute



spotty dog

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« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2018, 05:44:37 PM »
Davis and Jones who built Hotel 70%
E&H Griffiths  Llandudno

gaztrucker

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« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2018, 05:53:58 PM »
hi sorry about including whelmar all know is they were the contractors for the penrhryn beach estate my dad was a subby for them i thought they were a local outfit i  remember my old dad taking the hymac digger down on the beach at dinner time lifting rocks and bringing home massive red eater crabs !!!!!!!

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« Reply #9 on: September 14, 2018, 10:58:11 AM »
I may well be wrong, but didn't Ashworth and Gorst eventually merge, then shut down a few years later?

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« Reply #10 on: September 14, 2018, 05:02:00 PM »
Yes Dave Ashworth Gorst were around in the 1980's, O E Gorst built my bungalow in the late 1970's. Frank Tyldesley Ltd used to be a Llandudno builder in Queens Road & my Great Grandfather worked for Watkin Jones in 1893 when he was 17.

gaztrucker

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« Reply #11 on: September 16, 2018, 03:06:28 PM »
hi Dave R you,re right Ashworth bros & Gorst did merge Neil Ashworth a very good family friend to this day