The Mountain View and Swan Inn, Old Highway, Mochdre
|The Mountain View in 1905|
The reason these pubs are situated here is that this was the original route of the horse-drawn coaches along the Old Highway in the early 19th century. The Old Highway was the main thoroughfare round the back of Colwyn Bay, which was dotted with smithies and with hostelries such as the Mountain View.
When the May Queen, Suie Jones, stepped out of her carriage outside the Mountain View c.1907, the wind lifted her large dress and revealed her red felt petticoat. Ever after, she was known as “Sue pais goch” (Sue red underskirt).
Opposite the Mountain View, on the corner of Old Conway Road and Chapel Street, is the former Swan Inn. If you look up at the chimney you will see a wooden cut-out in the shape of a swan. The Swan Inn pre-dates the Mountain View and is no longer a pub.
In 1880 a young kleptomaniac called John Jones was apprehended in a bed in the Swan Inn, after his sensational escape from Ruthin jail. Nicknamed “Coch Bach y Bala” (little redhead from Bala), he was regarded by some as a folk hero. He escaped from prisons three times, the last time at the age of 60 years.
Just round the corner from the Mountain View is 6 Tanrallt Street which is named Smithy Cottage, because behind it, in the barn you can still see, was the smithy.
The Mountain View was fortunate because when the Old Conway Road was constructed the pub was still on the main road. It was not until the 1930s, when the new Conway Road was built, that it was cut off from the passing trade.
With thanks to Graham Roberts, of Colwyn Bay Civic Society
Postcode: LL28 5AT View Location Map
Other CRIME HIPoints in this area:
Penmaenbach - site of a woman's sensational attempt to fake her death in 1909
Bryniau Farm, near Deganwy - a German PoW assaulted a fellow worker here for calling him a Nazi
Old police house, Eglwysbach - burglar stole £8 in gold and silver from home of village bobby in 1887
Old St Asaph court house and police station - a female murderer was among the felons dealt with here