Saturday, 3 July 2010


Litten Tree, Station Road, Colwyn Bay (Photo Credit)

The closure of the Litten Tree bar in Colwyn Bay's Station Road may actually mark something of a revival in the town's retail fortunes.

Far from it being reopened as yet another cheap booze bar with a new name, the premises are actually earmarked for conversion back into retail premises, specifically The Original Factory Shop. Readers with long memories will recall it was once a Tomms store, then a Poundstretcher back in the 1980/90s before conversion into a bar.

Even further back, in Colwyn Bay's heyday, it was a high class store called Daniel Allen & Sons (the name is still visible in brick on the rear roofline of the building from Station Square). Allen & Sons was founded in 1869 but did not move into their new Station Road premises until 1883. They sold 'the finest furniture, china & carpets' and, amongst other things, were the sole North Wales agents for Liberty's of London. Allens stayed in business until 1971 when, somewhat curiously, the Directors of the company decided that they could not longer provide their customers with the standard of merchandise they were happy to sell and called it a day.


Anonymous said...

I hear Queens Gardens have been awarded Green Flag status, this has to be a plus for the Bay.
Well done to who ever has the vision.

Funny old world said...

Re Queens Gardens. Colwyn in Bloom is steered by a committee. Volunteers and staff from Parks and gardens regularly meet and discuss themes, up keep new projects etc. All parks and gardens in Bay of Colwyn are regularly scrutinised. Individual gardens and community gardens are encouraged. Colwyn Bay, Old Colwyn and Llandrillo yn Rhos Parks and gardens prove the area has somthing to offer.

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