Mount Street or Heol y Domen, Bala

button-theme-bala-700The southern ‘back lane’ of Bala High Street has a number of interesting features. They include the mound at its eastern end, created for an early castle. The street’s English and Welsh names refer to this feature.

Land between the High Street and what’s now Mount Street was divided in medieval times into burgage plots, narrow strips of land at right angles to the main street.

Further west are the rear of the English Chapel (now an antiques shop), built in 1811 as a chapel-of-ease for Llanycil parish church. In this street you’ll also find the former British School, which was built in 1856 so that children from Nonconformist families did not have to study in schools connected to the Anglican church. The building is now home to the Canolfan Bro Tegid charity.

A plaque on one of the terraced houses commemorates the childhood home of Jack Evans, who played football for Cardiff City before and after the First World War, during which he served in the armed forces. He also played for Wales.

Also in Mount Street is the Congregational Chapel. This was built in 1867 to replace an earlier building opposite, which was also the location of a training college for Independent church ministers. The houses next to the chapel illustrate the change from the use of local dark stone to Ruabon red brick after the railway from Ruabon was opened in 1868.

As you walk along the street, notice the contrasting types of houses, including numbers 48 to 52 which are in Gothic style with massive stones.

Postcode: LL23 7RS  View Location Map

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