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Bryn Egwys

A Grade II Listed Building in Colwyn Bay (Bae Colwyn), Conwy

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Latitude: 53.271 / 53°16'15"N

Longitude: -3.7473 / 3°44'50"W

OS Eastings: 283573

OS Northings: 376309

OS Grid: SH835763

Mapcode National: GBR 2Z8M.J5

Mapcode Global: WH65C.D1TR

Plus Code: 9C5R77C3+93

Entry Name: Bryn Egwys

Listing Date: 25 July 1994

Last Amended: 25 July 1994

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 14724

Building Class: Domestic

Location: On the corner with Mochdre Road, c100m N of the Church.

County: Conwy

Town: Colwyn Bay

Community: Colwyn Bay (Bae Colwyn)

Community: Colwyn Bay

Locality: Bryn y Maen

Traditional County: Denbighshire

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Built 1898-99 at the expense of Mrs Eleanor Frost (the patron of Christ Church, Bryn y Maen), for her own use, and designed by Douglas and Fordham, architects, of Chester.


Roughcast render with rock-faced stone dressings and slate roof with axial and rear gable stacks. The design evokes an Elizabethan house with 2-storeyed, 3 gabled main range, and ‘Tudor’ detailing. Central single storeyed porch, with 4-centred archway with swept hood mould, dated with monogram in the apex of the coped gable. Beneath the gables to either side, the ground floor windows are paired mullioned and transomed lights, with ogee arches in segmental heads to the upper lights, and the upper windows are paired 2-light mullions. Wide central dormer in the roof above the porch, with paired 2-light mullioned windows. 4-light mullioned and transomed stair window in right hand gable return, and paired mullioned and transomed windows to rear wing. Service wing to left hand return with various 2 and 3-light mullioned windows.


The house is planned with a wide central entrance hall and a spinal corridor running along the rear of the main range, with the main staircase leading off to the right, and a secondary staircase to the left. A moulded timber arch marks the foot of the main staircase which has turned balusters and heavy newels; some stained glass in stair window.

Reasons for Listing

The house is a good example of the Neo-Elizabethan work of Douglas and Fordham, with a characteristic robustness in its use of materials and the massing of the plan. Historically significant in its association with the church and vicarage at Bryn y Maen, which form a remarkable group of buildings commissioned by Mrs Eleanor Frost.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Christ Church Vicarage
    Opposite Christ Church.
  • II* Christ Church
    Forms the focal point of the small hillside hamlet of Bryn y Maen, approx 3km S of the town.
  • II Grianllyn Farmhouse
    Faces away from the road which separates the house from the farmyard, approx 1km from the centre of Mochdre.
  • II Barn at Grianllyn Farm (W side)
    Forms the boundary of the farmyard, parallel to the road and opposite Grianllyn Farmhouse.
  • II Cefn Garlleg Farmhouse
    Located some 3km NE of Llansanffraid Glan Conwy on a slightly elevated site; accessed via a long track leading N from a minor road running SE ultimately from the A 547 near Bryn Eisteddfod to meet the
  • II Highlands
    Close to the junction with Llanrwst Road.

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