Horse-drawn coach, Capel Curig
Generations of tourists have noticed the horse-drawn coach opposite the Tyn-y-Coed Inn. The coach symbolises the vehicles for which the A5 and other local roads were engineered in the early 19th century.
The first coach to be put on display there had been used by film director Alfred Hitchcock in his 1939 film Jamaica Inn. The story centres on a Cornish coaching inn used by smugglers. The landlady of the Tyn-y-Coed at the time, Mrs Newman, bought the coach in the early 1950s. It was placed on display in the open air outside the building and was branded with the names of places in Cornwall and Devon. The picture of it here, in July 1967, is by the late Hugh Pritchard.
In the 1980s it was replaced by a coach called Yorkshire Rose. It’s thought that this was once a stagecoach but little, if anything, of the original survives because so many components have been replaced over the decades.
In 2013, the Tyn-y-Coed Inn commissioned a craftsman on Anglesey to build a new coach for display here.
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