Times Past - North Wales Photo Archive

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Times Past Photographic Archives of North Wales.

Anglesey, Holyhead Market 1908

Anglesey, Holyhead Market 1908.

The idea for, and the implementation of a site that preserved North Wales photographs were originally thanks to Frank Armstrong. With a desire to preserve the extensive - and now historically important - work done by the photographers of the various postcard companies, Frank launched Times Past, and began an important historical reference site.

In December 2004, due to other commitments Frank was unable to continue with the site, and I therefore took up the banner of webmaster. Update: Sadly, Frank Armstrong passed away in February 2007. Rest in Peace Frank.


Thanks to Mr Haydn Morris and others like him I have launched thousands of photographic and postcard images.

The aim of this site has always been to make these images available to everyone with an interest in the pictorial history of North Wales. If you are a collector of North Wales photographic postcards or photographs, or indeed if you just have a couple of old photos or postcards in the draw, we would really appreciate it if you were able to get them scanned and emailed to us. Thus we will build a portfolio of North Wales postcards to be proud of, which may be kept online in perpetuity . Please email your postcards here

Most people are interested in old photographs, if only to see how their own town or village looked in times past. For this reason, I intend sorting the images by that criteria, as one is then able to look at each town individually. Eventually, from just the images that I already have, there will be thousands of excellent photographs on this site for you to enjoy free.

There is a website with thousands more old images of Wales here and of all the United Kingdom.

All of the photographs on this site are thumbnails. To see a description of any image, hover your cursor over the thumbnail, and to view full size just double click on the image.



Barmouth>>>Beddgelert>>>> Bethesda>>>Betws y Coed>>>

Blaenau Ffestiniog

>>>Caernarfon>>>Caerwys>>>Capel Curig>>>Cilcain

Coed Talon
>>>> Colwyn Bay>>>Connahs Quay>>>




Gronant>>>> Harlech>>>Holywell>>>Leeswood>>>Llanberis


Llandudno >>> Llandudno Junction>>>Llanfairfechan>>>Llangollen

>>>Mold>>>Nerquis>>>Old Colwyn>>>Penmaenmawr

>>>> Pontblyddyn>>>Portmeirion>>>Prestatyn

Rhos on Sea>>>Rhyl>>>Ruthin>>>> Snowdonia

St Asaph>>>Trefriw>>>Tryddyn>>>Welsh Castles>>>Wrexham

If you have any old photographs or postcards that you might like to share with us then please scan them in at least 1280 pixels width and email them here

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Acknowledgments:- The archives site has been made possible by the kind cooperation of: Anne Ashton, Ron Ashton, David Baker, Helena Crennell, Mary Eunice Davies, Ray Davies, Sandra Davies, Terry Ireland, David Sallery, Ky Thurland, Dave Williams, with photographic work from the collections of Dora M Davies, Ray Davies, Dr David Williams, Haydn Morris, Frank Armstrong and Phil Evans.