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Colwyn House

A Grade II Listed Building in Colwyn Bay, Conwy

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Latitude: 53.2952 / 53°17'42"N

Longitude: -3.7271 / 3°43'37"W

OS Eastings: 284987

OS Northings: 378970

OS Grid: SH849789

Mapcode National: GBR 2ZDB.XH

Mapcode Global: WH655.QFDP

Plus Code: 9C5R77WF+35

Entry Name: Colwyn House

Listing Date: 25 July 1994

Last Amended: 25 July 1994

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 14720

Building Class: Commercial

Location: Towards the top of the street, almost opposite the Central Bar.

County: Conwy

Community: Colwyn Bay (Bae Colwyn)

Community: Colwyn Bay

Built-Up Area: Colwyn Bay

Traditional County: Denbighshire

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Built in 1933-7 by the local architect, S Colwyn Foulkes, for W S Wood’s Department Store, replacing an earlier building on the site.


White ashlar faced, the roof not visible behind high parapet. Romanesque style, a high 2 storeys with advanced shop front to ground floor, and arcaded windows to first floor. Ashlar pilasters to either side carry neo-Egyptian terms. Shop front itself renewed but following a similar layout to the original design, with doorways set to either side of deep central display, with doorways set to either side of deep central display window, and similar windows to either side of them. Above this, first floor windows form a 9-bay arcade, with low reliefs in tympana and variously patterned shafts. Heavy latticed windows. Arcaded corbel table.


The shop retains much of its original internal detail, comprising 2 large shopping floors, with panelled ceilings, and coffering to upper storey. Original staircase also survives.

Reasons for Listing

The shop is an excellent example of work of S Colwyn Foulkes, and a highly original design for a commercial building.

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