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The Central Public House

A Grade II Listed Building in Colwyn Bay, Conwy

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Latitude: 53.2953 / 53°17'42"N

Longitude: -3.7275 / 3°43'39"W

OS Eastings: 284956

OS Northings: 378981

OS Grid: SH849789

Mapcode National: GBR 2ZDB.SG

Mapcode Global: WH655.QF5M

Plus Code: 9C5R77WC+4X

Entry Name: The Central Public House

Listing Date: 25 July 1994

Last Amended: 25 July 1994

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 14710

Building Class: Commercial

Location: On the corner of Station Road and Conway Road.

County: Conwy

Community: Colwyn Bay (Bae Colwyn)

Community: Colwyn Bay

Built-Up Area: Colwyn Bay

Traditional County: Denbighshire

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Built c1870 (the building is marked on the first edition Ordnance Survey map of 1875), and possibly to designs of John Douglas, architect, of Chester, John Douglas was the architect used by John Pender, who owned the Pwllycrochan estate between 1865 and 1875, where he planned to establish a new resort. By 1879, a promenade and a hotel had been built, and Station Road had been laid out (though not completely developed). The hotel, which no longer survives, was certainly to the designs of Douglas, and the Central Public House (formerly called the Station Hotel) bears strong stylistic resemblances to it in its muscular Gothic style.


Rock faced roughly coursed and squared stone, with gold sandstone dressings, and steep slate roofs with red tiled cresting, brick gathered chimneys (some truncated), fleches and finials. Gothic asymmetry, exploiting a steeply sloping corner site. 2 storeys with attics throughout.

Conway Road block: 5-window range, with continuous (renewed) public house front to ground floor, with doorway across angled corner. Upper windows are mainly paired sashes with engaged shafts as central mullion, and flat stone heads, but there is a mullioned and transomed canted oriel window towards the left, breaking the eaves line, and with its own canted hipped gabled roof. Small paned sashes in dormer gables.

Station Road elevation: irregularly massed, the recessed central section has blocked doorway with shouldered lintel (now a window) to first floor has small-paned sash windows to the left, and a hipped roofed dormer window breaking the eaves line to the right. Higher block to the right has entrance to the left, with single sash window over it, and paired sashes beneath hipped dormer. Full-height canted bay window with canted hipped roof. Eaves throughout have strong overhand, and are carried on brackets over the dormers.

Reasons for Listing

Significant as an example of the earliest phase of the development of Colwyn Bay as a resort, the building’s domestic Gothic style is one which appears to have been used for much of the early phase, but which is now scarce. It forms part of an important group of commercial buildings at the centre of the town, and exploits its site and style to create a dramatic composition.

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