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Wren's Nest

A Grade II Listed Building in Colwyn Bay, Conwy

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Latitude: 53.2974 / 53°17'50"N

Longitude: -3.7375 / 3°44'15"W

OS Eastings: 284296

OS Northings: 379239

OS Grid: SH842792

Mapcode National: GBR 2ZB9.MP

Mapcode Global: WH655.KCGY

Plus Code: 9C5R77W6+XX

Entry Name: Wren's Nest

Listing Date: 25 July 1994

Last Amended: 25 July 1994

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 14681

Building Class: Domestic

Location: On the east corner with Alexandra Road.

County: Conwy

Community: Colwyn Bay (Bae Colwyn)

Community: Colwyn Bay

Built-Up Area: Colwyn Bay

Traditional County: Denbighshire

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Designed by S Colwyn Foulkes, architect, of Colwyn Bay, 1926, for a Mrs Guy, whose family owned a motor business in Manchester.


Buff style brick, red tiled roof with axial stacks. Neo-georgian style, 2 storeys, 3 window range with central entrance, and iron rail with interlaced circle motif to recessed loggia. This has lattice work 'pilasters' and a valence, and French doors with small panes. Ground floor windows are paired tall 12-pane sashes with straight brick heads and sills. The upper windows are shorter 12-pane sashes, paired with a central mullion. Similar windows in E gable return. The return elevation to Alexandra Road has a big canted bay to ground floor, and tripartite window above. Service wing to rear with paired 8-sash windows to W, and tall stair facing E. Sill band to first floor windows formed from a band of bricks layed alternatively flat and vertically. Reeded wood eaves cornice.


The house is simply detailed internally, but retains many original fittings. It is compactly planned about a wide central hall, off which the 2 principal rooms open. Staircase offset to rear, and kitchen,scullery etc. in rear wing.

Reasons for Listing

A good surviving example of the individually commissioned domestic work of the local architect, S Colwyn Foulkes, which uses an inventive neo-georgian style to produce a small house notable for its careful planning.

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