The Square

The Square

The Square: meeting place, market place, trading place, and the venue for fairs, community events and festivals. It contains several buildings of interest. Eldon Row to your right as you look up the Square was built in 1810. It was named for Lord Eldon who won a lawsuit for the local squire.

Neuadd Idris above it was built in ca1870 as a market hall (now converted to shops) with assembly rooms above. Plas Newydd, at the top of the Square, dates from the17th century, with the bays facing the Square added around 1800. Central Buildings, to your left, was formerly a warehouse and shop for the locally produced tweed. Ty Meirion used to be called London House. It was an emporium for goods from a London merchant. Many Welsh towns have their London, Liverpool or Manchester House. If you go round the back of the building you can still see the hoist and loading bay on the third floor. Ty Meirion housed a display on the Quakers. Their strong faith led to persecution and many left to start a new life in Pennsylvania. The famous American women's university of Bryn Mawr derives its name from a Quaker farmhouse just above the town.