A Few Days in England - Nov 2007
DAY 20: Wales - Bangor and Liverpool
After Bath, I had two days of work in Bristol and then Malvern, before driving north in the afternoon to spend the night at Oswestry. This gave me a good start to drive through Wales to Bangor, so that I could see the famous Britannia Bridge across the Menai Straits. I was interested in this bridge, after my great-great-grandfather described his visit to Bangor on a trip conducted by Mr Thomas Cook while the bridge was being built (see Arnold's story). From Bangor it was a pleasant drive east to Llandudno, another of Arnold's holiday destinations, and then on to Liverpool.
Oswestry to Bangor - the Snowdon Mountains
I departed the cheap hotel at Oswestry on a fine but very frosty morning and headed into Wales on the A5. THe road took me through a few small Welsh villages but it was the scenery of open valleys and rugged hills that impressed the most.
The Menai Straits at Bangor
This was a quick visit to Bangor to view the Menai Straits and to photograph the bridges. As mentioned above, my great-great-grandfather visited in about 1849/50 as the Britannia Bridge was being constructed.
Arnold wrote on page 114 "...Another excursion we very much enjoyed was with Mr. Thos. Cook when we went with him on one of his first trips to Wales, to Menai Bridge and Bangor. It was the year when the Tubular Grand Railway Bridge was being built. We walked over both, to our great enjoyment."
The seaside town of Llandudno was another place visited by Arnold Goodliffe my great-great-grandfather. He wrote on page 132 "..Many years since we went to Llandudno, enjoyed the walk round the Great Orme’s Head The flocks of seabirds was a sight.."
Percy St, Liverpool
On page 125 of Arnold Goodliffe's memoirs, he writes "..We left home Sep 2nd 1884 accompanied by our own daughter and grand-daughter Froggatt, went by Liverpool, we spent the afternoon at Pickering’s, and was pleased with his nice well-furnished house."
Pickering was Arnold's son, and the grand-daughter was my great-aunt Elizabeth Froggatt. In the 1891 census Pickering and his wife Margaret were living at 36 Percy St, Liverpool.
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