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Head Post Office

A Grade II Listed Building in Colwyn Bay, Conwy

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.2977 / 53°17'51"N

Longitude: -3.7295 / 3°43'46"W

OS Eastings: 284828

OS Northings: 379256

OS Grid: SH848792

Mapcode National: GBR 2ZD9.CL

Mapcode Global: WH655.PC7R

Entry Name: Head Post Office

Listing Date: 25 July 1994

Last Amended: 25 July 1994

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 14698

Building Class: Communications

Location: Above the road and set back facing up Wynnstay Road; steps up to narrow terrace at either end and retaining contemporary handrails.

County: Conwy

Community: Colwyn Bay (Bae Colwyn)

Community: Colwyn Bay

Built-Up Area: Colwyn Bay

Traditional County: Denbighshire

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History

Built c1923-26 (dated 1925) by C P Wilkinson, architect of the office of works. Enlarged in 1985.

Exterior

Grandly detailed post-office in a neo-georgian style. 2-storey and attic red brick building with hipped roman tiled roof, dentilled eaves and egg and dart cornice. Symmetrical 7-bay front with channel-rusticated pilaster strips to ends and freestone window dressings. Small pane metal-frame casement glazing. Five pedimented dormers. The ground floor is distinctive for its liberal use of freestone facing including plinth, surrounds to the large semicircular headed windows, together with the similar doorways at either end, and the panelled pilasters between each opening; all arches have lions head keystones. The doorways have similarly glazed fanlights over guilloche moulded lintels with 'public entrance' inscribed panels, panelled double doors. 1st floor window surrounds have sills and cornices; modern PO signs between floors. Right hand end has projecting bay and downpipe dated 1925. Linked to this is a square-single storey building in similar style with bullseye window to centre (now with EIIR Jubilee Plaque); attached to right is a red brick screen wall including concave niche. To left is a single storey range of 3 bays including door to left; similar pilasters ect but has freestone blocking course and square headed openings with simpler keytones. The central window includes clock and downpipes here are dated 1925. Stepped forward beyond is the modern, but in keeping, extension. Cross-ranges to either end at rear.

Interior

Retains substantial amount of original detail and is entered through square shaped lobbies. At either end of Post Office hall are pilastered and panelled screens with half glazed doors and egg and dart and dentil cornices.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as an especially good example of an inter-war post office, and of the Neo-georgian style of architecture favoured in the 1920's.

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