Dolgellau Things to Do

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    St Marys Church - overlapping slate
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    The Ironmonger's

    by Gillybob Updated Aug 30, 2012

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    Originally the town's ironmonger's, the building of TH Roberts still has many original fittings. It currently houses a wonderful bistro which serves great cakes (see my separate restaurant tip).

    Wales is famous for its gold (which is now, sadly, exceedingly rare). At the turn of the 20th century, over 500 gold miners worked in the mines around Dolgellau and it is thought that many of them would have purchased their picks and shovels from this shop.

    It is well worth enjoying a light meal here and looking at the various interior features.

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    Dolgellau Information Centre

    by Gillybob Updated Aug 30, 2012

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    Situated in the centre of Dolgellau, its Information Centre is an excellent source of information for Dolgellau and Snowdonia in general. There is a wide selection of pamphlets and leaflets covering a wide selection of attractions in the area as well as a small selection of items to purchase (including very reasonably priced postcards).

    The Dolgellau Information Centre can also assist in accommodation recommendations and searches.

    OPENING TIMES:

    Easter to October

    Daily : 09.30 to 17.30

    Winter

    Thursday to Monday : 10.00 to 17.00

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    Dolgellaus own pyramid

    by suvanki Updated Mar 20, 2011

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    No 10.

    Crossing over to the road to the cemetery we came to our next point of interest, a pyramid shaped memorial to honour Dafydd Ionawr (1750 -1827), a local bard and school teacher.

    Well, I can't find out much more about Mr January, or his memorial stone.

    I was quite intrigued by other grave stones in this small cemetery, particularly the carvings of foliage (pic 2) that we spotted on a few stones. Also, the headstone that stated

    UNDERNEATH
    are interred the remains of
    Thomas Thompson
    of Lion Street in the town
    who departed this life July 16 - 1878
    Aged 41 years

    His widow Mary Jane is also buried here. She died aged 34 on December 30th 1880 , so just 2 years after her husband.

    Initially it was the bold UNDERNEATH that had caught my eye, I've not seen this before on a gravestone. Why was this necessary to point out the obvious?

    Later, looking at my photos, I noted that his address was here too -again, I've not seen a street mentioned on a gravestone before, though I guess this might be to distinguish him from other Thomas Thompsons in the town.

    Just reading this one stone has had me wondering about who this man was, who died at a relatively young age, with his even younger widow joining his remains 2 years later.

    Well, when I return to Dolgellau, I'll certainly check out the other headstones.

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    St Marys Church

    by suvanki Updated Mar 20, 2011

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    No. 8.

    We managed to miss points 6 (One of the few brick buildings in Dolgellau) and 7 (The Old Town Hall on the Town trail ( and headed straight to the nearby church)

    I quite like this 18th Century Georgian church. An unusual feature of its exterior architecture, are the blocks of dressed slate, that resemble blocks of timber, and are arranged to overlap at the corners, as in a log cabin style (pic 2).

    The church was built in 1716, (on 11th Century foundations - there are records of a church here in 1254) with the chancel being added nearly a century and half later. The main religious centre for the area was Cymer Abbey, a couple of miles away in Llanelltyd ( which we visited later that day)

    Inside, are some attractive stained glass windows - The matching apse windows are probably by a local man, W. R. Williams , while the 1901 central window is by G.F. Bodley.

    8 mast like timber pillars (pic 4) were transported to St Marys from the forests of Dinas Mawddy over the hills by carts pulled by teams of oxen.

    Look for the carved stone effigy dating back to around 1350 of the knight, Meurig ap Ynr Fychan (pic 3)

    The blue painted dome over the alter reminded me of churches I'd visited in Italy and Spain.
    A modern addition is the mezzanine gallery, that is used for prayer meetings etc (pic 5) There is a stennah chair lift for those with mobility problems.

    I liked the atmosphere of this church.

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    Lion Cottage

    by suvanki Updated Mar 20, 2011

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    Looking for our next 'point of interest' we stopped to admire this stone, slate roofed cottage, with its interesting design- stone steps leading to the front door on the upper floor of the 2 cottages.

    I thought at first it was a B&B, but it was privately owned.

    UPDATE- The owners Vanessa and Tyler have noted my tip, and have informed me that the cottage WILL have a room for rental from April 2011! I'm afraid that I don't have any further details.

    Googling this address, I came across the 1891 Census for the town, which covers this area (Folio 6-7), which I found to be quite interesting.

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    A story in stone

    by Gillybob Written Feb 26, 2011

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    Dolgellau has a great town trail which is easily followed and takes you round the town, showing you its history through its buildings.

    The town trail can be bought as a booklet at the Information Centre, or printer (for free) from this, and other, websites.

    The town trail is a reasonably easy trail and takes you up through the town and includes great views.

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    The Marian

    by Gillybob Written Feb 26, 2011

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    Given in trust to the town in 1911, The Marian is Dolgellau's main green space and is often home to many of the town's events.

    On The Marian, you will find a stone circle, set up in 1948 to proclaim the National Eisteddfod of Wales - a form of advertising which is typically Welsh - which was to be held there the following year.

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    The Lawnt

    by Gillybob Written Feb 26, 2011

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    The historical centre of Dolgellau finds you on The Lawnt (stop number 12 on Dolgellau Town Trail). Now a residential area, you can see evidence of how many of the buildings here housed the local shops with larger windows. At number 4, you will find Hope House which was previously a woollen factory, whilst further up The Lawnt is the building which housed Dolgellau's first bank.

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    Former Police Station

    by Gillybob Written Feb 26, 2011

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    Stop number 13 on the Dolgellau Town Trail takes you to the former police station

    This building dates from the mid 19th century and has Gothic windows.

    The present day police headquarters can be found across the river.

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    The Toll House

    by Gillybob Written Feb 26, 2011

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    Found on the former turnpike road to Tywyn, the Toll House is stop number 14 on the Dolgellau Town Trail.

    Adjacent to the stone post which once held the tollgate, you will find the toll keeper's viewing window.

    At one stage, each of the roads from the town was turnpiked, which was extremely unpopular in Wales, causing riots in the 1830s.

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    Keep your eyes open!

    by Gillybob Written Feb 26, 2011

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    Dolgellau in full of interesting sights - but some of them require looking for.

    For example, along some of the roads you will find large stones embedded in the foot of walls which were put there to protect the wall from the hubs of passing carts.

    In attics, you will find wheel windows.

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    Tan y Gader

    by Gillybob Written Feb 26, 2011

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    Tan y Gader (built in the 1800s) is stop number 21 on the Dolgellau Town Trail and was once used as a maternity home, making it the birthplace of many of the town's older residents.

    There is an unusual wheel window in the attic gable, a feature which can be seen in several homes built at a similar time in the area.

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    Our Lady of Seven Sorrows

    by Gillybob Written Feb 26, 2011

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    A more recent addition to the town of Dolgellau and stop number 22 on the Town Trail is The Catholic Church which was completed in 1966

    Our Lady of Seven Sorrows was built thanks to the efforts of local priest, Francis Scalpell who wished to have a more noble structure for his church than its former home which had once been a chip shop.

    Inside the church, to the left of the west door, you will find a Maltese Cross which commemorates his Maltese origins.

    Services are held :
    Sunday - 09.00
    Holyday of Obligation - 19.00

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    Fro Awel

    by Gillybob Updated Feb 26, 2011

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    At stop number 23 on the Dolgellau Town Trail is Fro Awel. This cottage is typical of those found around Dolgellau. With a low roof and hipped dormer windows, this style of cottage was built from the 1650s to the 1750s.

    The rear section of Fro Awel once housed a candle factory which supplied the gold mines of the area.

    Fro Awel is Grade II listed.

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    Dolgellau Old Town Hall

    by Gillybob Written Feb 26, 2011

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    Y Sosban (Old Town Hall) features as stop number 7 on Dolgellau Town Trail. It dates to 1606 and once fulfilled the role of housing both judicial and administrative functions for the town.

    Downstairs are two dungeon-like rooms which served to house vagrants and drunkards during their inhospitable stay.

    The building is now home to the restaurant Y Sospan.

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