High street stars of Mold
PUBLISHED: 12:21 07 September 2013 | UPDATED: 12:21 07 September 2013
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Slow down the pace and enjoy shopping in this lively town
Mold has gained the distinction of being a Cittaslow or slow food town and is gaining a foodie reputation thanks to its thriving markets.
Indeed, anyone who loves strolling through stalls laden with locally sourced produce should pay a visit to Mold’s farmers’ market held on the first and third Saturday of each month at St. Mary’s Church Hall on King Street.
For a pleasant retail experience this is a delightful and interesting destination. A main market dating back to 1808 is on Wednesday and Saturday and there’s a weekly livestock market too, which is held adjacent to the town centre on Monday and Friday each week.
The town centre itself is a colourful retail mix of individual boutiques and high street shops within the haven of the Town Park, an idyllic place for a picnic should we be lucky enough to enjoy an Indian summer.
It’s an architectural delight too with buildings that reflect its eventful history. Here can be found lasting examples of Tudor and Stuart ornamentation and evidence of how the industrial revolution in the 18th and 19th centuries contributed to the growth of the town. To protect Mold’s rich heritage there is now a conservation area where you will find modern shops and cafés nestled in and around the older style buildings that give the town its attractive blend of traditional and contemporary.
The location’s early development dates back to the creation of Mold Castle in the 12th century and it played an important part in subsequent Welsh wars. By the beginning of the 17th century the coal industry boosted the population and the opening in 1849 of the local railway station added to its popularity. But the station was closed in the Beeching cull of 1962 and is now the site of a supermarket.
Admittedly, Mold isn’t the first place that springs to mind as a celebrity haunt but it has had its share of famous faces. Jonny Buckland of Coldplay hails from a village called Pantymwyn two miles away and he went to the local Alun School. Actor Rhys Ifans attended the Welsh speaking school Maes Garmon, and former footballer Ron Hughes was born in the town.
Where is Mold?
Mold is situated on the River Alyn. It is the administrative seat of Flintshire County Council, and was the county town of Clwyd from 1974 to 1996.
There is some debate about the origin of the placename. Mold either originates from the Norman-French ‘mont-hault’ (high hill)or from Robert de Montalt and is recorded as Mohald in a document of 1254. The Welsh language placename of Yr Wyddgrug is recorded as Gythe Gruc in a document of 1280-1, and comes from the words ‘Yr’ (the), ‘gwydd’ (tomb, sepulchre) and ‘crug’ (mound).