The Lawnt is the historical centre of Dolgellau. We can imagine the first settlement grew up around the slightly raised ground in the area of the Church. The Lawnt is now a residential area but as you walk through you will see evidence of former commercial activity such as shop windows. Hope House (no.4) on your right was a woollen factory. A little further up the road on the left, the building with the tall window was Dolgellau's first bank, established in 1803.