Dale Street or Cilbedlam, Menai Bridge

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Dale Street or Cilbedlam, Menai Bridge

If you’ve downloaded this page after scanning the QR codes in the window of Benjamin Lee Cakes, look up to see the vintage “Dale Street” sign on the brickwork. The name refers to the slight valley, or dale, from the top of Hill Street or Lôn Pen Nebo (behind you) down to Dale Street. One house in Dale Street is still called Dale Park

The street’s Welsh name refers to a corner (cil) on the junction where Wood Street joins. Locals considered this busy junction to be bedlam, in the sense of uproar or confusion.

Numerous premises in the vicinity attracted or disgorged vehicles and pedestrians. Beside the former Baptist chapel (now Cefni fruit market) was a school, demolished in the late 1960s. The headmaster's house was on the same site. Opposite the school was the extensive Tom Jones garage for charabancs, where there’s now a row of fake shops built as a film set for the S4C TV series Rownd a Rownd. On the opposite side of Wood Street was the Mona Products factory, which made ladies' wear (the site is now occupied by flats).

It would seem that the name Cilbedlam was coined by the headmaster to describe the continuous commotion at the junction. A local ladies’ choir in the 1960s called itself Parti Cilbedlam! 

As it happened, the headmaster was a member of the panel appointed by Menai Bridge council in the early 1970s to devise Welsh street names. The panel chose Cilbedlam as the Welsh name for Dale Street.

With thanks to Prof Hywel Wyn Owen, of the Welsh Place-Name Society

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Postcode: LL55 5AL

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