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Sky Tower, Rhyl

February 27, 2014   

The Sky Tower is a 250-foot (76 m) high tower on the main Rhyl promenade.


The Sky Tower was originally in Glasgow. In 1988 Clydesdale Bank sponsored the construction of an observation tower for the city’s Garden Festival. At the end of the festival the tower was sold to be re-erected on the promenade at Rhyl in 1989. At this point it became ‘The Sky Tower’. The tower is 76m high and ‘gondola’ was designed to rotate as it moved up and down the tower.

The Sky Tower was closed at the end of summer 2010 and a safety review has identified necessary remedial work costing £400,000. According to Denbighshire council, the future of the tower is now in doubt in view of the sums involved in the repairs.

There are plans to revamp Rhyl and its Sky Tower. But in the meantime, the gondola has been permanently grounded after health and safety concerns. In February 2015 a teenager climbed the tower. You can watch the video here.



http://geotopoi.wordpress.com/2011/06/16/the-sky-tower-rhyl/ – brilliant images at this site.


RAF Prestatyn

January 27, 2014   

RAF Station Prestatyn was an RAF radar post situated on a hill above Prestatyn, in Denbyshire.


The remains of some of the buildings are current. The rotor station is visible as a square building from most of Prestatyn, as it is situated on Gwaenysgor hill. The area around the post is fenced off as a TV satellite is alongside the buildings.

The radar site was last used in the late 1960s and the area has remained unchanged since it was abandoned. There was once a gun turret mounted out to sea that could shoot up to 5 km.

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Flintshire Bridge

December 22, 2013   

The Flintshire Bridge spans the Dee Estuary in North Wales. It can be seen from the A55.

It is a cable-stayed bridge, and it links Flint and Connah’s Quay. It cost £55 million to construct and it was opened in 1998 by Queen Elizabeth II. It carries part of the A548 road. It is the largest asymmetric cable-stayed bridge in Britain.

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Lady Emily’s Tower

December 15, 2013   

Lady Emily’s Tower is not far from Gwrych Castle in Abergele. It is situated on top of the hill to the west of the tower. It was built in the 1930s by the wife of Lloyd Hesketh. It was a small hunting lodge and observation tower. It offers amazing views of the coast.






Former St. Clare’s Convent Buildings

August 14, 2013   

Not far from St. Asaph you might spot the former St. Clare’s Convent. You’re probably most likely to spot it if you’re on a coach. Car drivers are far too busy to notice.

This is a number of large buildings which used to be a convent, which included a hospital and an orphanage school. It was built in 1862 and closed in 1977/78. The building was damaged by fire in 1985. The conversion began in 2003 and includes 40 homes.

Whilst the use of the buildings are not of particular note, the architecture and its restoration are outstanding and their location next to the A55 makes them an obvious landmark for users of the road.


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Marble Church, Bodelwyddan

August 8, 2013   

The Marble Church (St. Margaret’s Church) in Bodelwyddan, Denbighshire, can be seen from a long distance. It is just off the A55 and is opposite Bodelwyddan Castle.

The marble stone looks as clean as the day it was built. Building started in 1956 and it took four years and £60,000 to erect. It was built by Lady Willoughby de Broke in memory of her husband, Henry Peyto-Verney, the 16th Baron Willoughby de Broke.

The building is so eye catching that it took me until I was in my twenties before I realised there was a castle on the other side of the road! It is one of my favourite landmarks.









Padeswood Cement Works

July 28, 2013   

What looks like a rocket being launched in the distance from the A55 near Boughton is, in fact, the cement works at Padeswood, near Buckley. It has been present since 2005 and is 200ft high.

The kiln was under investigation in 2011 for alleged impact on health issues. It was found to have not caused any.







The Marquess of Anglesey’s Column

June 13, 2013   

The Marquess of Anglesey’s Column stands on a rock which was a hillfort in ancient times. It is located on the outskirts of LlanfairPwll overlooking the Menai Straits and by the Britannia Bridge.

The column commemorates the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, and was built shortly after in 1817, but it was not until 1860 that the bronze statue of the Marquess of Anglesey, who was second in command at the battle of Waterloo, was added and this was after his death.

The column was designed by architect Thomas Harrison of Chester, who also designed Holyhead’s triumphal arch. It was built from limestone quarried at Moelfre. The bronze statue of the Marquess, added later, is by Matthew Noble.

It stands 91 feet (28 metres) high on top of a hill surrounded by bluebell woods. It is open to the public all year round and you can climb up the 115 wooden steps to the top onto the viewing platform, where there are spectacular views of Snowdonia and the beautiful Anglesey countryside.

Marquess of Anglesey’s column by drone from richard longstaff on Vimeo.



IMAGE: http://www.photographers-resource.co.uk/A_heritage/Monuments/LG/marquess_column.htm

Moel-y-Parc Transmitting Station

May 6, 2013   

As you pass signs for Flint and Holywell, you can see the Moey-y-Parc Transmitting Station.

The Moel-y-Parc transmitting station is situated on Moel-y-Parc, a hill and country park in north-east Wales at the northern end of the Clwydian range, close to the town of Caerwys and several kilometres north-east of Denbigh. It was built in 1962/1963 by the Independent Broadcasting Authority to bring ITV television to North Wales and it has been on the air since 1963. Its original height of 229 m made it the tallest structure in North Wales and it stands on land that is itself about 335 m above sea level. In 1965, VHF television transmissions from the BBC commenced from the site. With the addition of the UHF aerials in 1969, the mast height increased to 235 m high.