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Down Memory Lane

Down Memory Lane

Some moments in our history that you may enjoy.  We would love to hear from you if you have any memories and photographs that link to Slaters, if you would like to contribute please complete the attached form and we thank you for your interest.

An interesting gift given to Slaters by a local school teacher and customer of ours. This is a model car made by her father as his apprentice exam piece as a jeweller it’s about 6 ins long and all the tools with it are tiny all beautifully made.

Gift from a customer, model car

A view of `Slaters and Wheeler Airline' the engineering business that was started at the beginning of the 2nd world war to make parts for the aircraft production in Chester.  This was operated from the old Slaters garage and carried on after the war.

Aircraft component shop

Slaters and Wheeler radio electrical, retail and repairs shop in Bodfar Street, Rhyl and Market Street, Abergele.  The fleet of vans were used to offer a battery exchange round the farms for the radio sets , the company also set up the P.A. systems for shows and eisteddfod's and was supplying and repairing the first television to come into the area.

Slater & Wheeler Ltd

Slaters new showroom with 24hr petrol station, the road through Abergele took all of the traffic along the North Wales coast until the A55 was opened in 1969.

Slaters first showroom built next to the original site selling Vauxhall and Rootes products.

Slaters 1950 Showroom

Braids Colwyn Bay in the 1930’s the railway running next to the building which was moved in 1975 to make the A55 expressway and reduced to 2 lines. The company during the 2nd worldwar assembled American jeeps and also made shell casings, it employed many woman. The work was heavy workings shifts keeping the plant going 24hrs a day 7 days a week. Many of the buildings have been demolished and now refurbished it is now Slaters Vauxhall / Saab Colwyn Bay


Harold Knowlson as a dispatch rider during the 1st world war, at the start of the war he went to France as a member of the Territorial and Reserve Forces or the TA as it’s know today. Harold Knowlson worked in the bank before becoming a dispatch rider. After the war he came back to Abergele and with a business partner Mr Budge he bought ‘Slaters and Wheeler’ garage from Captain Slater.

Harold Knowlson Dispatch Rider

Harold Knowlson received a speeding ticket from 1913 it’s hard to believe they had the same problem then! Also it was amazing that his bike got to 45mph!!!

Harold Knowlson Speeding Ticket

Slaters are custodians of Abergele’s 1939 Leyland Cab Fire Engine BUN699. It was bought new so that Abergele Council would be able to cover the local villages as required by new requirements issued by the government of the day. It was sent to Liverpool during the war and was only taken out of service in 1970, it has covered 15,000 from new.

1939 Leyland Cab Fire Engine


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