Unknown Histories – Dolgellau’s Connections to the Atlantic Slave Trade
Walking around the quiet streets of Dolgellau, located in the heart of the mountains of North Wales, few would know that its emergence from a tiny hamlet to a thriving 18th-century market town was partly due to its connections to slavery. Welsh cloth, however, woven in the cottages that dotted the Welsh mountainsides, and sold in Dolgellau’s market square was used to dress the enslaved workforce of the Americas.
Dr Marian Gwyn explores this untold story in an illustrated talk at the Dolgellau Archives. This will be followed by a walking tour to look for what evidence remains of this history in Dolgellau’s streets.