Map of Colwyn Bay dated 1879

Note the absence of any major built up areas in this period in the growth of Colwyn Bay.The largest area of property developement is around the Ivy Street area and it is reputed that Ivy House was the first house to be built in Colwyn Ivy House, the first house in Colwyn BayBay. This stone built property was next to the Police station and lock up and following down the street were rows of cottages which led onto the present Bay View road which was one of the first major developements of multi storey housing. To the right of the Bay View road houses and where one can see the Colwyn Bay sign on the map is the Railway goods yards which now houses the Colwyn shopping centre. The map is dated 1879 but that must be the date of publication and not the date the map was drawn as by 1881 many of the present Colwyn Bay streets were in place and many many shops were trading.

On the old highway of Colwyn Bay the traveller passes Rhiw Grange which once was situated at the top of the present Rhiw Road, then the Rhiw cottages where old Mr. Buckley lived when I was a child. He always had sweets in his pocket for us kids and a parrot reputed to be as old as him was perched just inside the doorway of his cottage! On the right is Sunnyside which once was the site of the `Rising Sun` Inn. and many a tale has been told in and about that place. Down the steep hill passing the Pen y Groesfordd farmTy Newydd, Nant y Glyn valley (a riding stable in the fifties) and to the right is the road leading up Nant y Glyn Valley. The first house to be seen along that road was Ty Newydd but in my youth it was a wreck of a building and shortly afterwards demolished. Passing Groes Milllower down the hill we come to the ruins of Groes Mill (pictured) and the millers cotage still stands. About 250 yards further on we come to the main thoroughfare through Colwyn Bay and Eirias School and the park are on the right. On the map it shows a group of buildings to the right of the junction of the old highway and the main road and these are situated on either side of the old road which led up to the Glyn Farm. To the right is Groes Bach which has recently been refurbished and back to its old glory. In my youth Norman Thomas lived there with his father. Norman was our milkman and brought the milk in churns in the back of an old green van, dipped the ladles into the churn and delivered it to the waiting jug in either half pint or pint measures. Norman Thomas was world famous for his expertise in both the rearing and training of Welsh Collie sheepdogs and he could be seen most days training them on the field adjacent to the farm and on which there are now office buildings.
To be continued