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Crooklets 1920’s
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A view of Crooklets beach from the 1920’s, showing lots of changing tents but very few solid structures. The area behind the houses was, at this time, being used a a 9 hole golf...

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Crooklets 1920
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Crooklets 1920

Jun 9, 2014 by

An oblique view of Crooklets – or, here, Maer – beach from 1920. The concrete platform upon which – until flattened by last winter’s storms – concrete beach huts stood is already there. I believe it was constructed in 1911, that date is certainly engraved in the concrete, along with some...

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Breakwater 1894
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This 1894 photograph shows the breakwater at low tide; a ketch resting in the harbour has horses and carts in attendance to receive her cargo. In the background, development is just starting at Crooklets, with the stone wall just built, although the only structures are changing tents on the...

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Crooklets 1940’s – Marine Hotel
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Since being built in 1900, the corner building on the Hawarden (Inn on the Green) block at Crooklets has had various names. Seen here in one incarnation, in the 1940’s, it was the Marine Hotel. This it stayed – partly with Charlie Piedot as mein host – until the 1970’s, when it became the Crooklets...

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Crooklets – the Hawarden block 1920
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The main block of the Hawarden (Inn on the Green) block was built between 1899 and 1901; it is seen here in a photograph from 1920 with, on the far side, the Maer Lodge Hotel and behind, the two old houses of Maer Down Road. The beach car park has not yet been created and enclosed, although a couple of vintage cars occupy its...

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Crooklets 1970’s
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Another shot of Crooklets beach in the 1970’s, with the old cafe and surf club premises, before the present cafe was built. In the background is the Picture House – the much lamented cinema where Sainsbury’s now stands – and the recently demolished Headland...

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Maer Beach 1933
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Maer Beach 1933

Apr 24, 2014 by

Crooklets – or Maer Beach as it was more often known then – pictured in 1933. Many changing huts – the predecessors of beach huts – but no organised and paved promenade. Near the beach cafe is a line of small shops which, until the second world war, were erected every spring and taken down in the...

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Crooklets 1920’s
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Shown in the 1920’s, Crooklets looks very bare and undeveloped, with dunes where the beach huts stand today. In the centre left is the sea wall on which, until this winter’s storms, a row of concrete beach huts stood; engraved in the concrete of the wall is the date 1911, which is when I believe it was...

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Crooklets 1940’s
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Crooklets in the 1940’s, with a proliferation of beach huts covering every available flat surface. In the background are the old cinema and the recently vanished Headland...

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