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Views from the Colonnade

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View from the Colonnade

View from the Colonnade

Date

9 November 2014
Location

The Colonnade, Alex Munro Way, Llandudno

SH 78301 82909; 53.32905°N, 3.82884°W

Information

The road leading from Llandudno’s Grand Hotel to Happy Valley park was named Alex Munro Way in March 2014 in honour of the Glaswegian variety entertainer who settled in the town. Munro (1911-1986) was creative director of the Llandudno Pier Pavilion Theatre in the 1970s and his show at the former open-air theatre in Happy Valley ran for 30 years.

The 170m-long colonnaded walkway provides a sheltered pedestrian route along Alex Munro Way and also has an upper-level footpath along its roof. The Grade II listed structure was designed by G A Humphreys, architect, surveyor and chief agent of the Mostyn Estates, and was opened in 1932.

 

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Written by Graham Stephen

November 20, 2014 at 7:48 pm

Eglwys Sant Tysilio

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Eglwys Sant Tysilio

Eglwys Sant Tysilio

Date

8 November 2014 (Feast day of Saint Tysilio)
Location

Church Island, Menai Bridge

SH 55181 71768; 53.22315°N, 4.17067°W

Information

The seventh-century Welsh saint Tysilio, or Sulio, was the second son of Brochwel Ysgithrog, King of Powys. He turned his back on the royal court and military service, opting instead for a religious life and later became an abbot. He is believed to have founded a hermitage on Church Island (Ynys Tysilio) in the Menai Strait. He also built churches in Meifod, Powys and Saint-Suliac, Brittany – the latter being the place to where he fled after refusing to marry his brother Cynan’s widow and succeed to the throne of Powys; it is also where he ended his days in 640.

Church Island is now accessed by a short causeway from Belgian Promenade in Menai Bridge. The churchyard covers the whole of the one-hectare island and the present church, which is still in use, was built in the 15th century and was restored at the end of the 19th century. Eglwys Sant Tysilio was a parish church until 1858 and was formerly a chapel of ease of St Mary’s Church in Llanfairpwllgwyngyll.

Further Reading

Tysilio (Wikipedia);
Church of Saint Tysilio (angleseychurches.co.uk)

 

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Ynys Gored Goch / Whitebait Island

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Ynys Gored Goch in the Menai Strait with Britannia Bridge behind

Ynys Gored Goch in the Menai Strait with Britannia Bridge behind

Date

8 November 2014
Location

From Church Island, Menai Bridge

SH 55108 71736; 53.22284°N, 4.17175°W

Information

Differences in the tides at either end of the channel separating Anglesey from the mainland give rise to strong currents flowing in either direction at different times through the Menai Strait. The stretch between the two bridges (Telford’s Menai Suspension Bridge and Stephenson’s Britannia Bridge) – known as the Swellies – is the most hazardous and experiences various whirlpool currents owing to the rocks. Tidal conditions in the strait were, however, favourable for catching fish using traps. These employed weirs that allowed fish to enter at high tide but then left them enclosed at low tide. One such fishery was located on the 100m-long island in the strait close to Britannia Bridge. Ynys Gored Goch (literally, Red Weir Island, but known in English as Whitebait Island) is documented as having been owned by the Diocese of Bangor in the late 16th century, when it was leased to a Thomas Fletcher of Treborth for an annual rent of £3 plus a barrel of fish. There are two buildings on the half-hectare island: the main house together with the now converted smoke house where the fish were cured. During the early 20th century visitors could cross to the island by boat to avail themselves of a ‘whitebait tea’ for a shilling. The church authorities sold the island in 1988 and it has had a number of private owners since then. Mains water and electricity were installed in 1997 and for a while the house was used for holiday accommodation.

 

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Written by Graham Stephen

November 17, 2014 at 7:58 pm

Belgian Promenade

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High tide in the Swellies and a partially flooded Belgian Promenade

High tide in the Swellies and a partially flooded Belgian Promenade

Date

8 November 2014
Location

Menai Bridge

SH 55296 71708; 53.22264°N, 4.16892°W

Information

During the First World War around 60 refugees from Mechelen, between Brussels and Antwerp in Belgium, were accommodated by the town of Menai Bridge. In appreciation of the welcome they received they helped to build a walkway, completed in 1916, along the banks of the Menai Strait from Carreg yr Halen – former landing place of the Porthaethwy Ferry – to Ynys Tysilio (Church Island). The 400m-long walkway, known as Belgian Promenade, was rebuilt after storm damage in the 1960s and, more recently, its surface was renewed in 2000.

 

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Written by Graham Stephen

November 16, 2014 at 9:36 am

Autumn in Bodnant Garden

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The Canal Terrace

The Canal Terrace

Date

31 October 2014
Location

Bodnant Garden

SH 80019 72289 53.23402°N, 3.79903°W

Information

Further Reading

Other posts in the Bodnant Garden series…

 

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Written by Graham Stephen

November 12, 2014 at 5:47 pm

Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool (3)

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Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool

Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool

Date

29 October 2014
Location

Seen from Mount Pleasant Car Park,
Liverpool

SJ 35318 90218; 53.40478°N, 2.97438°W

Information

Further Reading

Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool (part 1);
Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool (part 2);

Other posts about Liverpool…

 

Written by Graham Stephen

November 9, 2014 at 9:02 am

citybikes, Liverpool

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citybikes, Hanover Street, Liverpool

citybikes, Hanover Street, Liverpool

Date

29 October 2014
Location

Hanover Street, Liverpool

SJ 34519 89976; 53.40251°N, 2.98636°W

Information

Liverpool City Council approved a public cycle-hire project in April 2013 and the citybike scheme was launched by Olympic gold medallist Chris Boardman in May 2014. With a target of 1000 bikes available from over 100 stations across the city, the scheme is set to be the largest in the UK after London’s ‘Boris’ bikes. citybike is operated by HourBike Ltd and is funded by a £1.5m grant from the Department for Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund. The scheme started with 80 bikes at 10 access points within the city centre. By September there were 320 bikes at over 50 stations and there are now more than 70 bike stations available. The self-service cycles can be hired by registered members of the scheme from one station and dropped off at any other. Annual membership costs £60 and the first half-hour is free but costs £1 per hour thereafter.

Further Reading

citybike;
Citybike hits the road (Liverpool Express, 7 May 2014);

Other posts about Liverpool…

 

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Written by Graham Stephen

November 8, 2014 at 8:16 am

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