Two Hundred and Fifty Miles through North Wales: Day 8, Part 2

They proceed over the Little Ormes Head, passing Llandrillo yn Rhos Church , the ruins of Plas Bryn Euryn and Pwllycrochan Hotel, arriving in  Colwyn Bay at 11.30.  They have lunch at the Royal Hotel, and stroll down to the beach.

Picture of Colwyn Bay promenade
PPD/23/2 – Photograph of the Promenade in Colwyn Bay c1860, from our Colwyn Bay photographic collection.

Soon the Little Ormes Head is passed, when the town and bay are lost to sight.  A bend is made to the left, where three roads meet, we look back and see a fine lot of old cottages high up on the Little Ormes Head, there is here a steep hill which necessitates putting the break and slipper on the wagonette.  Llandrillo yn Rhos Church and part of Colwyn Bay are seen across a level track direct in front.  On reaching the foot of the hill we observe the houses of Old Penrhyn hamlet, amongst the limestone rocks on the right, below them is the old farm house of Penrhyn, this farm house was in 1561 and for ages afterwards the seat of the Pugh family.  The stable was before the reformation a Catholic Chapel, this farm house has a very interesting history, we pass on until we come to Llandrillo yn Rhos Church on the left, the novelty of this Church is the double stepped battlement of its tower.  Near its entrance is a splendid yew tree growing in the form of a ladies bonnet, the windows of the Church are filled with beautiful stained glass.

Near it looking in the distance like a tall ivy clad chimney are the ruins of Plas Bryn Euryn, the residence in the 6th Century of Maelgwy Gwynedd and are supposed to be of unknown antiquity.  A road to the left branches to Rhos Gynach, where the celebrated fishing weir is situate, we soon arrive near Colwyn Bay about half a mile to the right we see the Pwllycrochan Hotel, which is charmingly situated in the midst of its own extensive and well wooded grounds, it was formerly the residence of the dowager Lady Erskine.

We arrive at Colwyn Bay at 11.30 put up for a time at the Royal Hotel and lunch there, glad to escape the rain.  In a time the weather brightened so we walked to the beach, it has a most miserable approach, we go close up to the railway station by a narrow passage, then down a lot of steps, under the railway then on the shore.  It is not a very inviting place compared to the places we had previously seen.

Historically Colwyn Bay was a parish in the county of Denbighshire. Following the Local Government reorganisation in 1974, Colwyn became a parish in the new county of Clwyd, then part of the county of Conwy in 1996.  Records relating to Colwyn Bay are held by both Denbighshire Archives and Conwy Archives. 

Infomation about our holdings is available on 

Information on Conwy’s holdings can be found on


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