SH8579 : The Imperial, Colwyn Bay

taken 6 years ago, near to Colwyn Bay, Conwy, Great Britain

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The Imperial, Colwyn Bay
The Imperial, Colwyn Bay
For many years, around 1900, this building and the one at the top of Station Road, The Central (originally known as the Station Hotel) SH8478 : The Central, Colwyn Bay, were the only buildings on this side of Station Road SH8479 : Station Road, Colwyn Bay; between them were fields where cattle grazed. The Imperial was built as an hotel during Colwyn Bay's heyday as a summer holiday destination. It has always been known locally as "The Imp". In its early years it was a prestigious establishment, mainly due to its proximity to the railway station.

In 1939 the Imperial, along with many other hotels in Colwyn Bay, was taken over by the Ministry of Food. The Merchant Navy Control Department had offices in the Imperial, from where the officials monitored the ships going into and out of Liverpool. It was also here that Ministry officials attempted to assess the public's dietary requirements, with a view to producing a ration book which would be acceptable to the British people.

After the war the hotel never returned to its former glory. The bedrooms remained empty and the bulk of the business was concentrated on the ground-floor bar. LinkExternal link

For many years until 2010 it was a J W Lees pub.

The ground floor is currently let as four units, one of which is home to the Engedi Arts Group LinkExternal link

Planning consent has recently been given for the upper floors to be converted into 17 apartments.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 10 July, 2014   (more nearby)
Friday, 25 July, 2014
Geographical Context
Business, Retail, Services 
Primary Subject of Photo
Former (from Tags)
Date (from Tags)
1939  2010 
Brewery (from Tags)
J W Lees 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SH 8501 7907 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:17.7641N 3:43.6053W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SH 8502 7906
View Direction
West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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Ministry of Food  Arts Venue 

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