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Latitude: 53.2893 / 53°17'21"N
Longitude: -3.6984 / 3°41'54"W
OS Eastings: 286883
OS Northings: 378272
OS Grid: SH868782
Mapcode National: GBR 2ZMD.3L
Mapcode Global: WH656.5L46
Entry Name: Nos 399 & 401 Abergele Road
Listing Date: 9 September 1994
Last Amended: 9 September 1994
Source ID: 14847
Building Class: Commercial
Location: In the block between Cefn Road and Princess Street.
Community: Old Colwyn (Hen Golwyn)
Community: Old Colwyn
Built-Up Area: Colwyn Bay
Traditional County: Denbighshire
The terrace of shops with accommodation over was in the process of development on the second edition OS map of 1899-1900. This shows the building on the corner of Princess Road and 3 adjacent properties (Nos 411-425), together with the building which forms the left hand end of the terrace (No399-401). The strongly unified design of the terrace suggests that it was designed as a piece, though built in separate phases.
Nos 399-415: 6 shops,each given separate emphasise by a crow-stepped main gable, and a similar smaller gable over a subsidiary bay. Ground floor shop fronts largely renewed, though pavement canopies survive to Nos 413 and 415. Timber canted oriel windows to first floor in each main gable, with slate roofs, and 2-pane sash windows on each floor in the lesser gables. Main gables also have 2-pane sash windows in their apexes.
Nos 399-415 represent an ambitious commercial development on an urban scale, using a distinctive local feature of crow-stepped gables to create a strong architectural rhythm while emphasising individual units in the row.
Forms a group with Midland Bank (No 397).
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