Holyhead Here We Come


A portal to another world.

Sibling of Daedalus writes:

Travel to Ireland via Holyhead [North Wales] in the 1940s and 50s, as depicted in these dreamy travel posters by Norman Wilkinson and others…

Tales of Old Dublin

Posters via Railwayana and TravelPosters.com

38 thoughts on “Holyhead Here We Come

  1. Spaghetti Hoop

    Love these.
    Mind you, they probably had to market the route to passengers from UK to Ireland given that they were full heading over there one way with emigrants!

    1. Sibling of Daedalus

      Exactly what I thought, Hoop! Only dreamy one way…

      Ireland must have looked magical to English travellers in the 40s and 50s, no bomb sites and less rationing…

        1. Sibling of Daedalus

          Maybe that’s where JK Rowling/film producers got the idea. From that very travel poster. Or other old travel posters. Or from other films/book covers influenced by old travel posters.

          It is fascinating how one thing influences another, was just watching the video of Kate Bush’s Babushka last night, her bikini at the end was clearly influenced directly or indirectly by Carrie Fisher’s outfit in Star Wars.

          I think old posters/book covers were hugely influential on subsequent generations.

          1. Nigel

            Oh SO much of Rowling’s world must have been inspired by this sort of imagery, it absolutely has a magic of its own.

    1. Sibling of Daedalus

      Ollie, old travel posters always lift my spirits, so I thought they might be a good thing for a Monday post..

        1. Sibling of Daedalus

          Lovely Ollie. Just the thing to brighten up an interior in the irish weather. I love the colours of this poster in particular.

  2. Spaghetti Hoop

    Did the ferry crossing recently. Isn’t it a shame that Holyhead is still such a kip. Thought I’d leave the spare buffer hours to the end and grab a bite there instead of ferry food. 6pm and nothing open. Peered into the Dublin Packet pub and saw enough to move on. North Wales is lovely though – the port town is like a cold sore on a pretty face. Wonder if the passing trade would stop and spend if they were given the option.

    1. Sibling of Daedalus

      It is a shame.

      There’s a good book on the history of the Dublin-Holyhead ferries out there. There was at least one prosecution for manslaughter arising out of a fight on deck (the case is famous because they couldn’t find the body, but presumed the victim dead on the basis of circumstantial evidence … a freezing cold night, miles from land, no ships in the area had picked him up, number of pints imbibed in double figures, his mother hadn’t heard from him again etc.) Marina Guinness died of a heart/attack stroke in a cinema on Holyhead-Dublin ferry in the 1980s on the way back from a cultural tour in Britain. Both tragedies were on the ‘scenic’ route, god knows what happened on the other one!

      Hoop, I love your history posts and we should try joint history stuff on historical themes of interest to Broadsheet readers at some point, if you care to do so.

      1. Spaghetti Hoop

        Read about that missing body alright.
        Would absolutely love to team up Sib! These posts are fascinating.

  3. Daisy Chainsaw

    The Rosslare/Fishguard Rail and Sail option is now completely unviable due to changes in timetables. A 3 to 4 hour wait in the middle of the night in Swansea is no one’s idea of a holiday.

        1. Brother Barnabas

          maybe you’re right

          It’s difficult sometimes to convince the onlookers to stick around for the finale

        1. Sibling of Daedalus

          I have hunted down some new stuff lately, so maybe! It’s nice to have a bit of colour on a winter Monday, but non-watermarked colour historical images can be hard to find. I’ll do my best.

  4. Daisy Chainsaw

    Gorgeous artwork. I think I’d have preferred to sail in the 40s and 50s than now, which feels more 1970s than 21st century.

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