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The Queens Head (geograph 2239334).jpg
The Queens Head public house, Glanwydden
Glanwydden is located in Conwy
Glanwydden shown within Conwy
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53°18′22″N 3°46′34″W / 53.306°N 3.776°W / 53.306; -3.776Coordinates: 53°18′22″N 3°46′34″W / 53.306°N 3.776°W / 53.306; -3.776

Glanwydden is a small village located between Llandudno and Colwyn Bay in Conwy county borough, north Wales.

Amenities & History[edit]

The village has one pub and around 30 houses. It was the centre of the limestone quarry trade in the 17th century with most of the stone being used to build the hotels in Llandudno.

The village predates the quarries with a windmill and storage house whose charter dates from 1580. The Pub "the QueensHead" was votes Wales best pub 2009[citation needed]

The village played host to the Urdd Eisteddfod in May 2008. The village used to have a school from 1875-1905 until the new school opened on Derwen Lane. The village has a small chapel that dates back to 1790. The local dairy, opposite the Queens head, has been demolished.

There is a windmill that stands in the village, and is now a family home. There is evidence in Aberystwyth that the first Royal Charter, granted to the Wynne family for the construction of a windmill on the site in 1580. It is reputed to be the largest based windmill in wales. There is a key stone on the door of the mill that dates a rebuild in 1704. The keystone bears the inscription Sr RM and 66.8 which we believe is a reference to the psalm “Praise our God, all peoples, let the sound of his praise be heard” The Mill fell into disuse in the late industrial era, when steam powered mills in Manchester and Liverpool superseded most wind powered flour production. Local stories say the sails for the mill fell off during the later days of the first world war killing a pig. The mill was then plundered for its stone for local buildings. Only the base part of the mill remaining and used as a sheep fold by local farmers. In the 1980s the Windmill way sympathetically restored and is now a family home. There is still evidence of its working past in the gardens of the house with three large pieces of mill stone uncovered and on display.

Built in 1857 Glan Morfa house, on the outskirts of the village, was built by the Parry family using the local limestone. Lady Erskine lived at the property in the 1930s. The present owners (Griffiths family) great great grandfather was the local cobbler and would visit local houses to collect shoes to mend. In the 1980s "Bessie's" riding stable was a local hub for learner and experienced riders. This was next to the Queens head pub where some listed outbuildings remain.[1]

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