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Okay in this topic I am trying to list all, or most of, the roads in Bangor for a quick explanation as to the reason they are called what they are.

Farrar Road was developed around 1896 on land owned by William Farrar Roberts.  He lived at Llwyn Eithin (now Hillgrove School), Ffriddoedd Road. He was a member of the city council.

Glynne Road was named so after Dr (of Law) Geoffrey Glynne who bequeathed in his will in 1557, to his brother William Glynne (Bishop of Bangor) and his friend Maurice Griffith (Bishop of Rochester) the old Bangor Friary land, plus land and assets elsewhere for 'the use of a Grammar School to be ever maintained in the said town of Bangor for the better education and bringing up of poor mens children'

Friars Road refers therefore in name to both Friars School and the Bangor Friary which preceded it. The Friary established by the Dominican Order, or Black Friars, in the 13th century, which was wound up in 1538 following the dissolution of the monasteries and the purchase of the land by Geoffrey Glynne.

Maes Isalaw refers to John Richards, better known by his bardic name Isalaw. He was born in a house called King's Head in Hirael, Bangor.  He was educated at the British School in the Garth area of Bangor, Caernarfonshire and then went to Shoreland Road school, Birmingham, England for two years where his interest in music began under Mr Andrew Deakin, organist. John Richards wrote immaculately and assisted a number of composers in transcribing and correcting their work. He also wrote a number of articles on music in various journals. He was a prolific composer and published Caneuon Isalaw. Much of his work appears in the hymn books of various denominations. "Isalaw " died on 15 September 1901.

Totton Road refers to William Church Totton who was appointed Headmaster of Friars School 1838 and remained in post until his death in 1867, during this period the school experienced a long period of decline. The school closed in 1867 after Totton’s death and reopened in 1873 with a new headmaster Daniel Lloyd Williams who restored the school to its former glory.

Ambrose Street Emrys William Ambrose (1813-1873) was an Independent minister, poet, and littérateur .  He was born 1 Aug. 1813 in the Penrhyn Arms Inn (which later became the first home of the University College of North Wales ) and lived there from 1813 until 1823. Emrys 's father was one of the earliest members of the Baptist congregation at Bangor .  He was educated first at Friars School. He was a very notable personality in the Independent denomination , especially in North Wales , where he founded several churches — in particular, those of Penrhyndeudraeth , Penmorfa , Criccieth , and Beddgelert . He was also for many years the North Wales representative of the Bible Society and this brought him into close contact with other churches. He also competed in the eisteddfodau at an early age and won numerous prizes. Emrys was his bardic name, his father was the Inn Keeper of the Penrhyn Arms and went on to live at a property called Fair View off Ambrose Street in Hirael.

Tan Y Fynwent 'Fynwent' is 'Cemetery' in Welsh probably referring to the Garden of Rest and earlier burial locations nearby the location.

Glanrafon & Glanrafon Hill Glan Rafon is 'Riverside' in Welsh referring to the road leading to and from the River Adda which runs through Bangor which is now Culverted.

Deiniol Road refers to Saint Deiniol (died 584) who was the first Bishop of Bangor. In English this would be Daniel Road, but the English translation is never used. The road was laid and opened 1904-1905

Sackville Road refers to William Edward Sackville-West (1830-1905), who was a lieutenant colonel in the grenadier guards and a prominent citizen in Bangor, north Wales towards the end of the nineteenth century. He was involved with the University College of North Wales, founded in 1884, in the promotion of Bangor as a site for the college and in the early years after its establishment. He also acted as agent for the Penrhyn estate, Bangor.

Seiriol Road Seiriol is 'Puffin' in Welsh referring to the view out towards Puffin Island a 69 acres uninhabited island owned by the Baron Hill Estate. called so due to the presence of the birds and to Saint Seiriol, who established a monastic settlement on the island and on Penmon Point on the mainland opposite the island in the 6th century.

Orme Road It's not clear what 'Orme' actually means, many believe it's origins to be Viking. The road name though refers to the view of the 'Great Orme' which a prominent limestone headland on the north coast of Wales situated in Llandudno.

Treflan Treflan is Welsh for 'Township'

Kyffin Square refers to the Rev. John Kyffin, Vicar who bought land between the high street and the river adda in 1808, on which Kyffin Place, Kyffin Square and the Kyffin Arms Tavern were erected. Larger buildings were built facing the high street. Prior to this John Jones (Bryncir) had owned the land

Lon Pobty in English would be Oven Lane so reference to baking/bakery.

Ffriddoedd Road Ffriddoedd being ffridd oedd and 'was Meadow' in English

Victoria Road / Victoria Park & Albert Street Royal references to Queen Victoria (24 May 1819 – 22 January 1901) of the United Kingdom and her Prince Consort, Albert (26 August 1819 – 14 December 1861) of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha

Belmont Road/Avenue/Drive/Street Refer to the Belmont Estate (referred to as the Bell Mount Estate - John Morgan in the 1840 Census of Land Ownership rented to Edward Case at that time.

Thomas Peers Williams, the grandson of Thomas Williams, the 'Copper King' of Parys Mountain, lived at Craig-y-Don, directly opposite Upper Bangor near Cadnant, Glyn Garth, which is why he called the new road Craig-y-Don Road.  Evelyn and Hwfa Roads were named after two of his children.  His daughter Margaret married Sir Richard Williams-Bulkley which explains Bulkley Road.  Temple Road gets its name from Temple House, the grand mansion that the Copper King built for himself at Great Marlow, Berkshire.
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A List of Roads, which can be useful BUT covers the Bangor AREA not just the City (ie. Bethesda/Rhiwlas... roads are included)

Abbey Road
Aber Road
Abercaseg Road
Adwy'r Nant
Ael Y Bryn
Ainon Close
Ainon Road
Albert Street
Allt Dewi
Alotan Crescent
Ambrose Street
Ashley Road

Bakehouse Street
Bangor Road
Beach Road
Belmont Avenue
Belmont Drive
Belmont Road
Belmont Street
Bishops Mill Road
Blaen Y Wawr
Braich Talog
Breeze Hill Estate
Britannia Square
Britannia Street
Bro Derfel
Bro Emrys
Bro Infryn
Bro Ogwen
Bro Rhiwen
Bro Seiri
Bro Syr Ifor
Bron Arfon Estate
Bron Bethel
Bron Y De
Bron Y Waun
Bryn Bella
Bryn Caseg
Bryn Difyr Terrace
Bryn Eithinog
Bryn Geraint
Bryn Hedydd
Bryn Heulog Terrace
Bryn Llwyd
Bryn Llwyd Bungalows
Bryn Ogwen
Bryn Owen Street
Bryn Teg Terrace
Bryngarnedd Terrace
Bryniau Terrace
Brynteg Place
Brynteg Street
Bulkeley Road

Cae Bach
Cae Glas
Cae Gwigin
Cae Maes Lodwig
Cae'r Deon
Caeau Gleision
Caernarfon Road
Carmel Place
Carneddi Road
Carreg Y Garth
Castle Hill Terrace
Castle View Terrace
Cefn Cwlyn
Cefnfaes Street
Chapel Street
Church Street
Cil Caseg
Cil Coed
Cilfodan Street
Cilfodan Terrace
Cilfoden Cottages
City View
Clarence Street
Coed Y Castell
Coed Y Maes
Coed Y Parc Industrial Estate
Coetmor Mount
Coetmor New Road
Coetmor Road
Coetmor Terrace
College Road
Convent Lane
Craig Menai
Craig Y Don Road
Craig Y Pandy
Cross Terrace
Cymro Street
Cyttir Lane

Dean Street
Deiniol Road
Doctor Street
Dol Helyg
Douglas Terrace

Edge Hill
Edmund Street
Eldon Terrace
Elfed Terrace
Erw Faen
Euston Road
Evelyn Road

Fairview Road
Farrar Road
Felin Hen Road
Ffordd Ceiriog
Ffordd Coed Mawr
Ffordd Coedmor
Ffordd Crwys
Ffordd Cynan
Ffordd Cynfal
Ffordd Denman
Ffordd Eithinog
Ffordd Elfed
Ffordd Gelli Morgan
Ffordd Gwyndy
Ffordd Gwynedd
Ffordd Hendre
Ffordd Islwyn
Ffordd Llanllechid
Ffordd Menai
Ffordd Seion
Ffordd Tan Y Bryn
Ffordd Tegai
Ffordd Tegid
Ffordd Tyn Clwt
Ffordd Y Castell
Ffordd Y Ffynnon
Ffordd Y Parc
Ffordd Yr Elen
Ffriddoedd Road
Ffrwd Galed
Ffrydlas Road
Field Street
Foel Ogwen
Fountain Street
Friars Avenue
Friars Road
Friars Terrace
Fron Bant
Fron Dirion Terrace
Fron Heulog Terrace
Fron Hyfryd
Fron Ogwen
Fronchwith Street
Frondeg Street

Gambier Terrace
Gardd Denman
Garfield Terrace
Garth Hill
Garth Hill Cottages
Garth Road
Ger Y Mynydd
Gerddi Abaty
Gerlan Road
Gerlan Terrace
Glan Menai
Glandwr Road
Glandwr Terrace
Glanogwen Cottages
Glanrafon Hill
Glanrafon Street
Glynne Road
Godre'r Parc
Gorad Road
Gordon Terrace
Goronwy Street Number One
Goronwy Street Number Three
Goronwy Street Number Two
Graigfryn Terrace
Gray Street
Green Bank
Greenwood Avenue
Grisiau Cochion
Gwel Y Nant
Gwern Las

Hafod Lane
Hafod Lon
Hen Barc
Hen Durnpike
Hendrewen Road
Heol Dewi
Hermon Road
High Street
Hill Street
Holyhead Road
Hwfa Road

James Street
John Street

Kingsley Avenue
Kyffin Square

Llain Deg
Llain Y Pebyll
Llain Yr Eglwys
Llain Yr Ysgol
Llandygai Industrial Estate
Llandygai Road
Llandygai Village
Llawr Y Nant
Llidiart Y Gwenyn
Llwyn Bleddyn
Llwyn Hudol
Llys Arthur
Llys Bedwyr
Llys Cadwaladr
Llys Dewi Sant
Llys Dyfrig
Llys Emrys
Llys Geraint
Llys Mabon
Llys Owain
Llys Tudur
Lon Mieri
Lon Ogwen
Lon Pobty
Lon Powys
Lon Tyddyn
Lon Y Bedw
Lon Y Bryn
Lon Y Deri
Lon Y Felin
Lon Y Ffrwd
Lon Y Glyder
Lon Y Grug
Lon Y Meillion
Lon Y Parc
Lon Y Wern
Long Street
Love Lane
Lower Penrallt Road
Lower Street

Maes Bleddyn
Maes Coetmor
Maes Isalaw
Maes Mawr
Maes Ogwen
Maes Y Dref
Maes Y Garnedd
Marian Terrace
Mason Street
Meirion Lane
Meirion Road
Menai Avenue
Menai View Terrace
Middle Street
Min Menai
Min Ogwen
Min Y Coed
Min Y Ddol
Morgan Street
Mostyn Terrace
Mount Pleasant Terrace
Mount Street
Mountain Road
Mountain View

New Ebenezer Place
New Gerlan Road

Off Lower High Street
Ogwen Street
Ogwen Terrace
Orme Road
Orme Terrace
Orme View
Osborne Terrace

Pant Road
Pantglas Road
Park Street
Peacock Walk
Pen Y Bryn Road
Pen Y Ffridd Road
Pen Y Ffriddoedd
Pen Y Graig
Pen Y Wern
Penchwintan Road
Penchwintan Terrace
Pendinas Estate
Penllys Terrace
Penlon Gardens
Penrhos Avenue
Penrhos Drive
Penrhos Road
Penrhyn Avenue
Penrhyn Terrace
Penybryn Place
Penybryn Road
Penybryn Terrace
Plas Adda
Plas Llwyd Terrace
Plas Y Gerddi
Princes Road

Queens Avenue

Railway Cottages
Regent Street
Rhos Uchaf
Rhos Y Coed
Rhos Y Nant
Robert Street
Rock Terrace

Sackville Road
Sackville Terrace
Salem Place
School Lane
Seiriol Court
Seiriol Road
Seiriol Terrace
Short Street
Siliwen Road
Snowdon View
Snowdon Villas
St James's Drive
St Marys Avenue
St Pauls Terrace
Stanley Terrace
Station Road
Strand Street

Tabernacle Street
Tabernacle Terrace
Tai Duon
Tai'r Cae
Tal Y Cae
Tan Treflys
Tan Y Bryn Terrace
Tan Y Bwlch
Tan Y Coed
Tan Y Ffordd
Tan Y Foel
Tan Y Gadlas
Tan Y Garth
Tan Y Graig
Tan Y Maes
Tan Y Mynydd
Tan Yr Onnen
Tanrhiw Road
Tanybwlch Road
Tanyfron Street
Tanyfron Terrace
The Almshouses
The Crescent
The Mall
Tre Felin
Treborth Road
Trem Elidir
Trem Ffrancon
Trem Y Ddinas
Trem Y Garnedd
Trem Y Nant
Trevelyan Terrace
Ty'n Ffridd
Tyddyn Canol
Tyn Lon
Tyn Y Coed

Upper Bryn Owen Terrace
Upper Garth Road
Upper Hill Street

Victoria Avenue
Victoria Drive
Victoria Park
Victoria Place
Victoria Square
Victoria Street
Vron Square

Waen Y Pandy
Walter Street
Water Street
Well Street
Well Street Number Four
Well Street Number One
Well Street Number Three
Well Street Number Two
Wellfield Arcade
Wellfield Court
William Street
Williams Terrace

Y Ffridd
Y Gorlan
Y Rhos
York Place
Yr Hen Ysgol
Ystad Coetmor
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Siliwen Road connecting Garth and Upper Bangor
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If your interests are early 19th century, beware of name changes over time eg..

The High Street (now 'the longest high street in Wales') was in 4 parts:
High Street
Market Street
Castle Street
Castle Bank

Now > Then
Strand Street was Beach Road
Beach Road was Beach Row
Williams Street was Lewis Street (William St was then off Dean St)
Tan Y Fynwent was Church Street
Glanrafon was Bridge Street
Ashley Road > Garden Street
Lon Pobty was Park Hill...
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In my lifetime "Bryn Tawel" changed to Ffordd y Belmont. Bryn Tawel started at the Trefonwys estate and went down to the railway bridge, it's now a dead end street.
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College Road


The houses to the right of the road seen in both pictures predated those on the left. The second set were known as Summer Hill Terrace c1860.

The 1889 OS town plan and 1900 map shows the opposite side of the road laid out into building plots.

The name of the road likely refers to the Normal College - Hen Coleg having been built in 1858-62.

The University 'College' of Wales, Bangor (later University of Wales, Bangor, later still (as now) Bangor University hadn't built Main Arts until 1909-1912.

The Independent College was also sighted on this road.
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Menai Woods

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Holyhead Road/Menai Woods

Menai Woods on the left looking onto Holyhead Road and the Straits

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Deiniol Road

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Deiniol Road before and after the development of the Science site.

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Garth Road

Garth Road, opened in 1834 and improved in 1902 and widened further in 1950 when Penuel Chapel was demolished

Garth Road (21002)
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Penrhos Road

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The 1834 John WOOD map shows a "Hughes St" in Hirael by 1889 and the first OS maps it was "Hugh Street"

21st April 1855 - The North Wales Chronicle and Advertiser for the Principality

Hughes Street was mentioned in 1884 as having had a street light installed
The North Wales Express - 5th December 1884


In the 1930's the area was cleared in slum clearances of mean terraces.

The road is no longer named and exists only as a rear access lane to the gardens of houses fronting Ambrose Street.