Now and then VI: Llanfairfechan

Llanfairfechan - Now and Then

Llanfairfechan – Now and Then

Date

29 November 2014
Location

Llanfairfechan

Promenade
Railway Station, West Shore

 

SH 67987 75411; 53.25921°N, 3.98049°W
SH 67806 75194; 53.25721°N, 3.98310°W

Information

In the mid 19th century, Llanfairfechan was a small town lying between the scenic highlights of Penmaen Mawr mountain and Aber Falls. However, it subsequently developed as a Victorian seaside resort, becoming a tourist destination in its own right. Thanks to local landowner John Platt, Llanfairfechan got its own railway station in 1860, some 12 years after the station (which closed in 1960) in neighbouring Abergwyngregyn had opened on the then Chester and Holyhead Railway. Llanfairfechan’s station building was demolished in 1987 as part of alterations to make way for the construction of the A55 North Wales Expressway. The two-platform station is currently an unstaffed request stop managed by Arriva on the Crewe to Holyhead North Wales Coast Line and is used by around 13,000 passengers per year.

 

'Llanfairfechan Parade' - Library of Congress collection of Views of landscape and architecture in Wales c. 1890-1900, photochrom prints (a lithographic process producing colorised images from black and white photographic negatives).

‘Llanfairfechan Parade’ – Library of Congress collection of Views of landscape and architecture in Wales c. 1890-1900, photochrom prints (a lithographic process producing colorised images from black and white photographic negatives). The Promenade was developed as the town expanded as a Victorian seaside resort.

Promenade, Llanfairfechan

Llanfairfechan Promenade with Penmaen Mawr mountain in the background. Notice the change in profile of the mountain summit caused by the quarrying of granite there.

Llanfairfechan station, 1964

View of Llanfairfechan Station in 1964. The station opened on the then London and North Western Railway in 1860. The station building was demolished in 1987 for the construction of the A55 North Wales Expressway.

Llanfairfechan Station

Llanfairfechan Station is now an unstaffed request stop. The A55 dual carriageway is just behind the concrete wall on the left.

Footbridge, Llanfairfechan Station

The station footbridge was renovated in 2012-2013. It was removed and taken off site to be repaired and repainted.

Footbridge, Llanfairfechan Station

Footbridge, Llanfairfechan Station

Footbridge, Llanfairfechan Station

Footbridge, Llanfairfechan Station

Footbridge, Llanfairfechan Station

Footbridge, Llanfairfechan Station

Footbridge, Llanfairfechan Station

Footbridge, Llanfairfechan Station

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8 thoughts on “Now and then VI: Llanfairfechan

  1. Nice photos as always and a very interesting set of contrasts. At least the lovely LNWR footbridge has been retained and conserved and the waiting shelters are nicer than the originals, but a shame about the loss of that fine station building and the goods yard.

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