Mold is a town in Flintshire, North East Wales. It is located between the Clwydian Mountains to the west and the plains of Cheshire (and the ancient walled town of Chester) to the east, the estuary of the River Dee to the north, and the town of Wrexham to the south. Mold is a friendly market town where family run businesses rub shoulders with High Street names. There are bustling street markets every Wednesday and Saturday, the street trading being a tradition in Mold since the 17th Century.
Being strategically located close to the English / Welsh border, it has acquired a wealth of history, and indeed the High Street was once home to a motte and bailey Norman Castle. Mold is also the original home of the Bronze Age Gold Cape, a unique and fantastic piece of prehistoric metalwork, estimated around 2000 BC, found on a skeleton in fields nearby and now proudly exhibited centre stage in the British Museum in London. Mold Library displays a copy of the Gold Cape and many other Bronze Age treasures.
In 2007, Mold hosted what was the highlight of the Welsh language calendar, the Welsh National Eisteddfod. The Eisteddfod was situated just south of the town on the fields of Pentrehobin estate on the old road from Wrexham to Mold, the B5444.
The medieval church of St Mary the Virgin is the centrepiece of the town. Any town would be proud of this fine sandstone building. With a solid tower and crenellated nave, it stands in all its pomp overlooking Mold High Street. The old church of St Mary's was financed by Margaret Beaufort, the mother of Henry Tudor, to mark his victory over Richard 111 at the Battle of Bosworth and his enthronement as King of England in the 15th Century.
Clwyd Theatr Cymru: Formerly known as Theatr Clwyd, Clwyd Theatr Cymru is Wales' major drama producing operation. It is the home of a highly acclaimed company, which also tours throughout Wales and the rest of the UK. The company produces mainly in English, but also in Welsh. There are around 900 public performances per year. There is also a restaurant, bookshop, and three art galleries.
Mold Bowling Green: The residents of Mold play bowls on the site of the old Norman Fort. Yes, the Mold Bowling Green sits atop Bailey Hill the site of the original Motte and Bailey Castle.
Walks, Cycle Trails and Other Activities
The beautiful Clwyd Hills to the West of the town are ever popular with walkers/ramblers and are the location of the northern section of the Offa's Dyke Path, the long distance walk that leads from Prestatyn in the North to Chepstow in the South of Wales. The hills are also becoming ever more popular for the Mountain Bike trails which have been encouraged by the local authorities, particularly Denbighshire County Council. They have a wide variety of Trails suitable for both the beginners and the more experienced lunatics!
A hodgepodge of text from our original Mold web page: The Daniel Owen statue stands outside Mold Library in Mold town centre. St Marys Church sits on High Street. Bailey Hill stands at the top of High Street. St Mary's Church can be seen from Bailey Hill. Bailey Hill can be seen from St Marys Churchyard. The Dolphin Inn sits at the top of High Street Mold, between Bailey Hill and the parish church. There is an information Board at Bailey Hill. The bowling green is on the site of the inner Bailey of the Norman Castle built around 1093 by Robert de Montalt. Mature trees now grow on the site of the motte on the top of Bailey Hill.