This is a scrapbook page of my father, William Arthur Belton, more usually known as Bill, as a young man. He is photographed sitting in a deck chair and making a fuss of his dog, Bella, in the garden of the family home at 17 Wesley Road, Bwlchgwyn.
The original photo, inset, shows them sitting at the bottom of the garden; at the other side of the garden wall the land fell quite sharply down to the main road and the Hwntw public house before falling even further to the beautiful Nanat-y-Ffrith valley and rising again to form the Penllyn mountain. In those days (probably c1939) there were very few trees in Bwlchgwyn and the summit of Penllyn mountain would have been carpeted in purple heathers in the summer.
To create this page I have added a more recent photograph of the view from the garden; as this was photographed from the War Memorial on the hairpin bend the angle is slightly different and the Penllyn can now be seen - covered by a forestry commission plantation.
(C) Hilary Belton 2010