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Re: Old photos from the archive .........Life at Sea in North Wales in the past
« Reply #90 on: November 13, 2023, 10:10:20 am »
Life at Sea in North Wales in the past
This week's selection of old pictures reflects the region's nautical heritage, when ships and ports played a major role in the local economy

The extensive coastline of North Wales has provided the region with the opportunity to develop a tradition of maritime enterprise, with a great number of small ports. While Holyhead continues to be of great importance, due to its links to Ireland, many others, such as Pwllheli, Amlwch and Conwy, can look back on a glorious past.

cont and photos  https://www.inyourarea.co.uk/news/life-at-sea-in-north-wales-in-the-past/

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Re: Old photos from the archive ....The 'fake' Swallow Falls
« Reply #91 on: December 24, 2023, 10:25:19 am »
The 'fake' Swallow Falls that fooled Snowdonia tourists
Some guided parties were taken to an entirely different waterfall

While walking 33 miles from Cerrigydrudion to Bangor in a single day, George Borrow was accosted by a woman just outside Betws-y-Coed, Conwy. In his classic 1862 travelogue Wild Wales, he described the encounter.

?Seemingly on the look-out, (she) begged me in broken English to step aside and look at the fall. ?You mean a waterfall, I suppose?? said I. ?Yes, sir.? I told the woman I would go, whereupon she conducted me through a gate on the right hand side and down a path overhung with trees to a ro? projecting into the river.?

cont https://www.dailypost.co.uk/whats-on/trips-breaks/fake-swallow-falls-fooled-snowdonia-28334305?IYA-reg=49560bcd-5a9c-47f0-8fc5-ba2e71710589


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Re: Old photos from the archive
« Reply #92 on: December 24, 2023, 11:37:20 am »
I read that article earlier but never knew the name of that waterfall.    Every time we go on the A470 and are approaching the Waterloo Bridge in Betws Y Coed we look out on the left for that waterfall.
It always looks powerful but one time when there had been exceptional rainfall the water even came onto the A470

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Re: Old photos ........Snowdon train smash caused by merry railwaymen
« Reply #93 on: December 25, 2023, 10:08:23 am »
The 'Keystone Cops' Snowdon train smash caused by very merry railwaymen
The workers had lingered too long over their pints

In the late 19th Century, Eryri (Snowdonia) was still a railway frontier. Despite its legendary slate rail network, more mountains and valleys awaited conquering.

Two of the most famous of the new routes, on and near Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa), encountered early setbacks. One was disastrous, delaying its opening by a year; the other less so, and was almost comical, having been caused by three drunk railwaymen who lingered too long over their pints.

Board of Trade inquiries were launched into both. The opening day disaster on Snowdon Mountain Railway was blamed on a lack of grip for carriages that were too heavy for the track. As for the unfortunate incident at the Snowdon Ranger station, next to Llyn Cwellyn just below Snowdon?s southern flank, the inquiry was unequivocal: ?intoxication? caused a decoupling and subsequent collision.

cont https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/tipsy-railwaymen-who-caused-keystone-25828554


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Re: Old photos from the archive ....Britain's first ever named storm
« Reply #94 on: December 30, 2023, 10:01:52 am »
Tragic story behind Britain's first ever named storm... and how unexpected gale changed the Met Office forever
'Royal Charter Gale' storm caused devastation in Irish Sea in October 1859
Inspired Met Office founder Robert FitzRoy to start national warning system

Full article  https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-12832329/UK-weather-Met-Office-storm-warnings-history-Royal-Charter-Gale.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490&IYA-reg=49560bcd-5a9c-47f0-8fc5-ba2e71710589

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Re: Old photos from the archive ............Pictures left forgotten in attic
« Reply #95 on: January 08, 2024, 10:27:27 am »
Pictures left forgotten in attic for over a century offer fascinating glimpse into past
A treasure trove of images were found when a family moved into a house in Llanberis in the 1980s

Hidden photographs found gathering dust in a Llanberis attic for more than 100 years have prompted an ongoing detective story into lives from the past. A treasure trove of images, glass photographic plates, prints, letters and other pieces of paperwork were discovered when a family moved into a home on Thomas Street back in the 1980s.

The material was the work of Isaac Hughes - the first photographer to live in Llanberis. He also built a row of houses in the town as he grew in prosperity.

cont https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/pictures-left-forgotten-attic-over-28399010?IYA-reg=49560bcd-5a9c-47f0-8fc5-ba2e71710589

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Re: Old photos from the archive .....Snow scenes in North Wales in past years
« Reply #96 on: January 13, 2024, 09:01:34 am »
Bleak midwinter: Snow scenes in North Wales in past years
This week Memory Lane looks at the kind of wintry weather we might expect at this time of year

With snow forecast for much of the UK, we're taking a look back over previous winters in North Wales. Whilst it looks looks pretty and is exciting for children (and big children), it also brings with it disruption for motorists and sports fixtures.

cont/ photos    https://www.inyourarea.co.uk/news/bleak-midwinter-snow-scenes-in-north-wales-in-past-years/

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Re: Old photos from the archive....... When the 'Olympics' came to North Wales
« Reply #97 on: February 18, 2024, 09:56:43 am »
When the 'Olympics' came to North Wales
As the world looks ahead to the Paris Games this summer, here's how a Liverpool athletics enthusiast sowed the seeds of the Olympic movement by bringing his Olympic Festival to Llandudno not once but twice

Millions will watch the Olympics this summer when it is staged in Paris exactly 100 years on from the last time it was in the French capital in 1924. But a version of the multi-sport extravaganza was held in North Wales not once but twice.

A Liverpool gymnast and athletics enthusiast called John Hulley was one of the founders of the Olympic movement in Great Britain. He set up the National Olympian Association in 1865 which may have inspired Pierre de Coubertin to revive the Olympic Games and create the International Olympic Committee in 1894.

cont https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/olympics-came-north-wales-28651632

photo  The Olympic Festival at Llandudno - The Feast of Lanterns in 1866