Greg’s Postcard Made It To North Wales

A short while back Greg Urbano posted an article on his blog entitled Where In The World Is My Postcard? In the post Greg’s suggested that if we supplied a mailing address, in return he would send an autographed postcard.

Freebies. I’m up for that and as Greg wasn’t going to use my address for anything other than sending me the postcard, why not?

The postcard arrived today, Saturday 15th March and here it is featured in this photograph.

My Town

Greg suggested taking a photograph featuring the postcard, which I could mail to him. In turn he would write a blog post around my photograph with a link back to my blog.

Now that’s what I call “Sharing, Link Love”

So where am I? I’m standing on the top of Gwaenysgor hill looking towards my adopted home town of Prestatyn with it’s wide sandy beaches. Unfortunately, the wind is strong and cold and I was having trouble keeping the postcard still.

Prestatyn is a seaside resort, town and community in Denbighshire, Wales. It is located on the Irish Sea coast and has a population of around 18,496

There is evidence that the current town location has been occupied since prehistoric times. Prehistoric tools found in the caves of Craig Fawr, in the nearby village of Meliden, have revealed the existence of early human habitation in the area.

The Roman bathhouse is believed to be part of a fort on the road from Chester to Caernarfon. However, much of ‘Roman Prestatyn’ has been destroyed as houses have been built over un-excavated land.

The name Prestatyn derives from the Old English preosta (“priest”) and tun (“farm”), and was recorded in the Domesday Book as Prestetone. Unlike similarly derived names in England, which generally lost their penultimate syllable and became Preston, this village’s name developed a typically Welsh emphasis on the penultimate syllable and a modification of “ton” to “tyn”, as also happened at Mostyn. Although the Domesday Book only extended to demesnes in England, Prestatyn was included since it was at that time under English control.

An earth mound, visible in fields to the south of the railway station, near Nant Hall, marks the site of an early wooden motte and bailey castle, probably built by the Norman Robert de Banastre about 1157, which was destroyed by the Welsh under Owain Gwynedd in 1167. The Banastre family then moved to Bank Hall in Lancashire.

The town appears to have been primarily a fishing village for hundreds of years. The beginning and end of High Street today mark the location of two ‘maenolau’ (or manor houses) called Pendre (translated as “end of” or “top of town”) and Penisadre (“lower end of town”)

The town’s population remained at less than 1000 until the arrival of the railways and the holidaymakers in the 19th and 20th centuries. “Sunny Prestatyn” became famous for its beach, clean seas and promenade entertainers, and visiting for a bathe was considered very healthy by city-dwelling Victorians.


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8 thoughts on “Greg’s Postcard Made It To North Wales

  1. Enjoyed that, even if I am local. Yes, I went out today with the Fuji and it was very chilly. When you’re around and about, don’t forget Dyserth. Much history is to found in my adopted village 🙂


    1. Finally getting round to replying Richard. I’ve been working solid on a project to photograph churches in HDR for a tourism brochure. Two churches with specific details for each one, ever three days with post processing in between. On average about 50 photographs per church, only another six to go….



      1. Have you been asked to do St Bridgets in Dyserth? There’s more history in that church than you can shake a stick at including a Jessie window.


        1. No. It’s not on the list. The project originally started in the Conwy valley and has started a slow spread to Denbighshire and Flintshire. I did a few photographs for them last year and they came back with some more work for me for this month.



  2. Lovely countryside! Beautiful. My ancestors on 3 sides all came from southwest England…I have been to the area years ago. Thanks for the virtual trips via your photography. Sheila from MyKentuckyLiving.


  3. Well Greg is a clever fellow and I think cooperating in this manner of shared links is quite a good thing. The history lesson is excellent. You are living in a really nice area.


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