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Elizabeth Williams (née Bloyd) 1852-1934, Tynolirodyn, Rhuddlan Thomas Williams, Tynolirodyn, Rhuddlan Milwyr Cymreig Gruffydd ap Cynan, 1075, Rhuddlan Rhuddlan
Elizabeth o Rhuddlan Faciwîs o Lerpwl, Rhuddlan, 1941 Rhuddlan Rhuddlan
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A story told to a reporter of the “ Gazette “ by Mr Bill Dixon former licensee of the King’s Head hotel in September 1968 entitled,
“King’s Head Secrets”

The “old “ King’s Head was a hotel which played a part in capturing a nest of Nazi secret agents in the second world war.

The amazing story of a secret radio in a locked room in the King’s Head that was used to track down messages that were being transmitted to Germany was told to a “Gazette” reporter this week.

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Mr Bill Dixon ,the former licensee of the hotel was the man who operated the radio transmitter.

During WW1 Mr Dixon was in the Radio Branch of the Royal Navy, and at the outbreak of WW2 he volunteered for service again but his age was not on his side.

What did happen, however, was that a radio was installed in the top room of the hotel to act as a “ tracker ” set to pinpoint any radio messages being sent by Nazi agents
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Only the police and the commanding officer at Kinmel Camp knew about Mr Dixon’s secret war effort. One night when the movements of all shipping in the Mersey were being radioed back to Germany from West Kirby, the radio set at Rhuddlan pinpointed the house and a nest of spies were caught.

Not even Mr Dixon’s family knew of his ”James Bond “ adventure in the top room of the King’s Head. Mr Dixon was the landlord of the hotel from 1938 until recently, and none of the regulars knew about the hidden radio station.

The hotel is believed to be about 400 years old and is one of the oldest “ hostelries” in Wales. It is understood that a secret passage links the public house to Parliament House, where a Royal Statute was drawn up many years ago. The tunnel between the two buildings has yet to be found. Also, it is believed that a King once hid in the building. The King may have used an escape hatch from the top room to the bar, which is still in the building.

There is talk in Rhuddlan that the pub is haunted, but Mr Dixon scoffs at that suggestion and said that although noises had been heard in the night an explanation for them could always be found for them.

The people of Rhuddlan didn’t start the war, but they helped finish it.

Acknowledgement to the Rhyl Journal for allowing us to reuse the story and to Philip Micheu for the photograph.


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