Royal Alex Hospital Rhyl and Flying Fox

Michael Jones

Michael Jones


The Royal Alexander Hospital situated in the east end of Rhyl is a beautiful old victorian building. I was intigued with regards to the hsitory of the building.

I remeber someone telling me years ago about a flying fox at the top of one of the spires or on one of the buildings and wanted to find out what it was.

So, i found this on a Rhyl History Blog:
Look up to see the weather vane depicting a fox in full flight! In 1898 the Duke of Westminster promised £10,000 towards the building fund of this hospital if his horse, “Flying Fox”, won his next race at Sandown Park. His horse won and a telegram was sent to the matron with the words: “The ten will be sent.”

Nice little story 🙂

Michael Jones

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