It was inhabited as a Roman settlement, but rose to prominence in the 18th Century for its manufacturing of items of clothing, particularly gloves, hosiery, flannel, and stockings.
Today, Bala is known as a beautiful small Welsh town, notable for its lakeside views, history, and high percentage of Welsh-speaking inhabitants.
People Born in Bala
Bala in People's Lives
Michael Collins: After being arrested at the Easter Monday rebellion in 1916, back in Dublin, I was transported to an internment camp just outside this town, along with hundreds of other prisoners. Undaunted, I began plotting the "next time" immediately, before I even arrived here, and began recruiting other members. It is thought by many that it was during my time here, thinking and plotting and gathering supporters, that I truly emerged as a rising power in the movement for Irish independence. We were let free from this prison in December of 1916.