Penmorfa is (or was) the summer and Christmas holiday home of the Liddell family. Alice Liddell was the girl for whom Lewis Carrol wrote “Alice’s adventures in Wonderland” and “Alice through the looking-glass”.
The family first visited Llandudno in 1861 and Alice’s father then bought a plot of land at the bottom of the Great Orme, and built Penmorfa.
Much later the building was extended and used as a hotel, reverting to it’s original name again in 2002. Unfortunately the hotel closed down in 2006
Conwy County Borough Council have Penmorfa as part of the Llandudno Town Trail…….but they have allowed developers to pull the building down!
The developers were supposed to keep the original part of the building (seen here in July 2008), but then said that it was unsafe and needed to be demolished.
Protests were held, as this is an historic building and important to the town.
But the councillors, those representatives of the people, allowed the demolition.
Today (21 November 2008) this is all that remains of an historic building and tourist attraction.
Shame on Conwy County Borough Council for allowing this to happen.
Llandudno is called “The Queen of resorts”, and relies heavily on tourism. Unfortunately the Council don’t seem to be very active in this area.
About 100 metres from Penmorfa is the White Rabbit monument, along with one of the council’s information boards about Alice, Penmorfa and the White Rabbit.
The monument was erected in 1933, but as can be seen in the photo taken today, the ear is missing and there is other damage.
When is Conwy Council going to pay attention to it’s tourist attractions?
Just a little further along the West shore is this lovely shelter, but again, it is damaged. Broken windows and tatty paint work spoil what should be one of the centre-pieces of the West Shore.
What is the Council doing? Very little it seems.
And then into town, and the iconic Grand Hotel and the Victorian Pier.
This derelict site is what greets you as you walk to the Grand Hotel, the site of the old Pier Pavilion. The theatre was last used in 1990, and in 1994 was destroyed by fire.
What a waste of a prime site in a tourist resort.
The current owner is apparently a Worcester business man, but surely there must be some action the Council can take.
Come on Conwy Count Borough Council, the town needs some action, from you.
The Pier Pavilion in it’s heyday.
Stop the rot you councillors, there is much more I can write about if you don’t.