John Parkinson Glanrafon Garage

by Brian
(Preston)

Glanafron Garage

Glanafron Garage

Glanafron Garage

My Great Uncle John (Jack) Parkinson had Glanrafon Garage.


I am researching my family history and would appreciate any information. His wife was called Edith and they had a son Horace. John was born in 1890.

Does anyone in the vicinity a have any stories to share?

Brian

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Jan 23, 2016
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No Probs
by: Brian Eaton

Hi Peter

Had me a bit worried at first. Thiught I might have more relatives than I already have. No problems.

Regards

Brian

Jan 23, 2016
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Descendants
by: Peter Richards

Hi Anonymous.

Sorry about the dubious info about the Parkinson descendants ... same name, wrong guy. A shot in the dark that missed by a mile.

Regards from me.

Jan 22, 2016
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Parkinson Family
by: Anonymous

As far as I am aware there are no descendants of Parkinson on Anglesey.

John Parkinson was born in Accrington. In 1911 he was living in Chorlton on Medlock Manchester with his mother Margaret and sisters Nellie, Phyllis, Ethel, Frances, (born 1911 after census) and brother Tom. In 1939 John and Edith were living at The Nook in Benllech (next to the bowling green) The bungalow is now a holiday let.

In 1939 Jon was Chief Air Raid Warden and Garage Proprietor on own account His only son Horace John was born Anglesey in 1923 & married in Liverpool in 1946 and died there in 1989. His siblings Nellie and Ethel bought a boarding house in Old Colwyn, with proceeds or football pools win.

Ethel died Aled 1961 (one son Henry died Manchester), Nellie died Abergele 1996 (no children), Phyllis died 1980 in Abergele ( one son Fred, my father). Frances died Manchester in 1957 (One daughter). Brother Tom died Manchester 1977.

As far as I know none of surviving descendants live in Anglesey or even Wales. Hope this clears up facts about John Parkinson and his relatives.

Jan 22, 2016
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"Glanrafon"
by: Peter Richards

Hi Will,

On the old maps of Glanrafon the river is named as "Afon y Marchogion". It started life as a spring at Llanfairmathafarn, a few miles away, before discharging into the sea at Benllech.
It passed alongside the Glanrafon Hotel, just the other side of the road in front of the hotel.

The river has now disappeared, with the latter section built over at Benllech but I can just make out it's original track using side-by-side maps, one from 1888 and the other. a recent aerial image.

Regards from Peter.

Dec 21, 2015
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Glanrafon, Benllech
by: Wil from Anglesey Hidden Gem

Diolch Peter

I wonder if any members of the Parkinson family still live in the Benllech area.

Also, Glanrafon means, ‘River Bank’ I must find out what the river/stream is actually called. We sometimes use place names without even thinking that they have a simple meaning.
Challenge for today.

All the very best to you, your family and friends across this Christmas holiday.

Nadolig Llawen
Wil

Dec 21, 2015
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John Parkinson, Glanrafon Garage
by: Peter Richards

I've been having a quick look through some records and see that John Parkinson died in 1961. His wife Edith was born in 1889 and died in 1955. There are indications of their descendants in Anglesey as follows.

1940 Edward Parkinson married Rita Gray
1949 Vera Parkinson married Owen Roberts
1959 Eric Parkinson married Jean Rowe

Hoping that this is of help.
Regards from Sweden,
Peter

Dec 20, 2015
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Glanrafon Garage, Glanrafon Hotel. Benllech.
by: Peter Richards

Hi Brian and Will.

My Great Grandfather's brother, Michael Richards, owned the Glanrafon Hotel from C1860 to around 1915. He was a Gamekeeper at the Lligwy Estate of Lord Boston at Benllech whilst his wife, Anne, kept the Hotel.

An old Black and white postcard that I have from 1904 shows the hotel as a big spooky-looking place but today, the place is still going strong.

Regards from Sweden.

Nov 16, 2014
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ESSO
by: Anonymous

Dear Wil

I remember the Glanrafon Gareth at Benllech a MR McGrath was a mechanic there in the 1960s

I'll ask around for more details.


Dear Anon

Thanks very much for taking the time to write to Anglesey Hidden Gem.

I recently had a conversation with a lady called Mair from Benllech recently and she remembered both the garage and Washi Bach.

Warmest greetings to you on this stormy night.

Wil

Sep 15, 2014
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Glanrafon Garage
by: Brian

Hi Will
I believe that the garage was at or near Benllech Bay as that is where our family always used to go to.

As far as I know they had a bungalow on the cliff top overlooking the bay. John's wife was called Edith who died in 1960. John then remarried. We also believe that it was his son who owned the bungalow where John and Edith lived. When John remarried Horace had them evicted. Presumably the garage and the bungalow have been demolished.

We are coming to Benllech this week to see if we can find any more information. John's younger sister also owned a guest house in Colwyn Bay.

Regards

Brian


Hi BrIan

Wil here. Thanks for clarifying and making it clear that the garage was in Glanrafon, Benllech.

The a garage would be near the Glanrafon Hotel and there is some vague memory of one in the area at the periphery of my memory. You'll find the hotel down the road from the Breeze Hill pub or if you arrive downhill to the village square and find the Tesco store on your left then turn right. The area is about 200 yards away.

Thee is quite a good chance that someone will read this thread and hopefully be able to offer information - of its location and history hopefully.

Have a good stay. Weather misty and overcast today and tomorrow looking better.

Best wishes

Wil

Sep 14, 2014
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Retro Cars.
by: Drewy bach

Fantastic cars.. Be worth a pretty fortune to a collector/enthusiast.. My best ? I drove a 1949 Fleetwood Cadillac. and another 1951 Fleetwood Cadillac. All owned by some top people. I also drove Docherty, his Daimler Jag, "Doc" Docherty the England Football mngr in the 1980's. I nearly got drive the Rolls Royce "Silver Wraith" custom built for Somerset Maughan !! But the cheauffer show-fur, wouldn't allow me..

Sep 14, 2014
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Anglesey Hidden Gem
by: William

Hi Brian,

There are two villages called Glanrafon on Anglesey that I know of. One is in the heart of Anglesey between Llynfaes and Trefor. The other is on the Llangoed to Llanddona coastal road.

There was a garage at the Llynfaes location but that was run by Mr Jack Mowbray, who also kept the post office and shop.

Which one?

Best wishes

Wil

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