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Llandudno's Camera Obscura re-opens

Llandudno's Camera Obscura was first built in 1859 by an 18-year-old Leo Williams. It was the first of several octagonal dark rooms to be built on the site, all to the same design, and only just one of seven such instruments remaining in the UK.

Perfectly positioned on the heights above the Happy Valley on the Great Orme, the obscura is blessed with a panoramic view extending from Liverpool Bay over Llandudno Pier across to the Little Orme, taking in Penmaenmawr across to Anglesey.
Further information can be found here.

Photos: An 1890s albumen image of a camera obscura at Happy Valley, Llandudno, Wales by Francis Bedford (1816 – 1894) an English architect and photographer. You can just make out the obscura on the right edge of the photo.
Llandudno from the obscura c 1890.

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