SH7782 : The Risboro Hotel, Llandudno

taken 1 year ago, near to Llandudno, Conwy, Great Britain

The Risboro Hotel, Llandudno
The Risboro Hotel, Llandudno
Interesting as I was looking for a property known as The Poplars at coordinate SH77835824455.
This is at SH 7784 8245 .
The reason being is it known Belgian civilian refugees were billeted there during the Great War.
No such property could be found and enquiries of the management of the Risboro threw no further light although I was shown a postcard of the hotel around the turn of the 20th century.
Strangely this hotel hasn't featured on Geograph before except in a passing reference in Gerald England's image SH7882 : Evans's Hotel
Gerald unearthed something a history of this hotel.
During the Second World War the hotel was earmarked for use by the security service, MI5, to hide some of Britain's top double agents, part of the country's biggest wartime intelligence network. An operation codenamed "Mr Mills' Circus" was named after the senior MI5 officer in charge, Cyril Bertram Mills, whose family ran the Bertram Mills Circus. It involved MI5's North Wales agent, Captain Finney, finding accommodation for the double agents, their families and armed minders. He made arrangements to house them at the Evans, Risboro and White Heather Hotels in Llandudno, the Eagles Hotel in Llanrwst and the Swallow Falls Hotel in Betws-y-Coed. Within a few weeks, Captain Finney reported to his superiors in London that he'd "completed arrangements of the animals, their young, and their keepers". By 1943 the plans had been scrapped, as the course of the Second World War had changed and the possibility of invasion receded. LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Friday, 14 July, 2017   (more nearby)
Saturday, 15 July, 2017
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Sport, Leisure  Business, Retail, Services  City, Town centre  People, Events  Defence, Military 
Person (from Tags)
Captain Finney 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SH 7784 8245 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:19.4897N 3:50.1346W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SH 77844 82449
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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WWI  WWII  Belgian Civilian Refugees  The Poplars 

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