I learned something today that the Countess of Dundonald who paid for it to be built gave it to the people of Abergele NOT the council so they haven’t got the right to close it?
And there was no public consultation on a public building either!
Winifred Cochrane, Countess of Dundonald (Welsh: Winifred, Iarlles Dundonald) was born on 16 April 1859. She was a philanthropist, a Lady of Grace of the Order of St John, Marchioness of Maranham, and was known within Wales by her bardic name, Rhiannon. She was the Welsh wife of Douglas Mackinnon Baillie Hamilton Cochrane (1852–1935).
Winifred was the second daughter and sole heir of Robert Bamford Hesketh and Ellen Jones-Bateman. She was born into the royal house of Marchudd ap Cynan, the founder of the VIII Noble Tribe of North Wales. Cynan's descendants, the Lloyds of Plas yn y Gwrych were based in the Parish of Abergele, where Winifred, through her ancestors shared co-sanguinity with Llywelyn the Great.
It has to be said that she was an outstanding and pioneering woman. She did a lot for our community and culture.
And now someone has just requested this