A nostalgic day at the seaside

Grid Ref: SH 781 826
Dates: 2 August 2009


Sleepy donkeys

Promenade spacer Punch and Judy
Stepping out along the promenade   Punch and Judy
Waiters' race   Pier view
Waiters' race   Pier View
Pier Kiosk   Pier Kiosk
On the Pier   Kiosk Merchandise

This visit to Llandudno in August 2009 was my first since July 1957. I was delighted to find that little had changed on the sea-front near the entrance to the pier. Professor Codman is still in residence with his Punch and Judy show and the pier itself looked much as I remembered although it must have been painted a few times since. The preservation of the main esplanade is down to the building restrictions that prevent a proliferation of kiosks along the promenade, maintaining the original Victorian plan.

Until 1847, Llandudno was a working town with fishing, agriculture and copper mines on the Great Orme. The land was largely owned by the Mostyn family. In 1848, Lord Mostyn approved plans by Owen Williams, an architect and surveyor, to develop the marshlands as a holiday resort. In 1857, George Felton took over as surveyor and architect and in the next 20 years developed much of the town centre including Holy Trinity Church on Mostyn Street. This is similar to the development of Eastbourne, from four separate hamlets, starting in 1859 under the direction of the Duke of Devonshire

The pier, built in 1878, is a Grade II listed building. It was extended on the landward side in 1884 alongside where the Grand Hotel now stands. Professor Codman's Punch and Judy Show was established in 1860.

The title of Baron Mostyn of Mostyn in the County of Flint, was created in 1831 for Sir Edward Lloyd. He had been an MP for Flint Boroughs and Beaumaris. In 1831, the Lord Mostyn assumed an additional surname of Mostyn by Royal licence. Thus his eldest son and heir was Thomas Lloyd-Mostyn. The line of Mostyn barons continues to the present with the 7th Lord Mostyn, born in 1984, who succeeded to the title in 2011.


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