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Huw Owen
Street: College Road (NW side)
Listing: Grade II
Name/Number: Domestic and Dining Hall range at the Normal College
Date first listed: 17 April 1986
Other Resources:
The British and Foreign School Society
At the centre of the Top College site; linked to the Halls of Residence by Arcaded and covered passages. On steeply sloping site. Opened 1911. The Normal College was founded by the British and Foreign School Society to train teachers for non-denominational primary schools. This building resulted from an expansion begun in 1907 to cater for the increased number of students and forms the central range in an H-plan group., Architect, Henry T Hare of London; contractors, Messrs Willcock and Co of Wolverhampton. Arts and crafts Tudor style. 3-bay SE front with projecting single storey broad gabled Dining Hall to centre and low 2-storey 1-window porch towers set back to either side. Further set back are 2-storey and attic ranges projecting from the full width transverse range overlooking the lower courtyard. Cement render with rubble plinth and freestone dressings. Slate roofs, pyramidal flanking Dining Hall gable end; wide eaves and louvred bellcote with final and weathervane; cement render chimney stacks. Stepped buttresses to Dining Hall and tall splayed 6-light bay window with 3-transoms. 3-light windows to flanking ranges, square headed to 1st floor, segmental below. Raised pediments to sides and modern extensions below. Hipped roof dormers to extreme end ranges. The stepped 7-window NW front is set in the slope. Advanced and gabled pavilions to ends; taller gable to centre with similar 6-light, 3-transom Dining Hall oriel; spandreled and transomed windows to either side and segmental headed windows below with flanking pilasters, Arcaded and covered passages to either end link with Neuadd Eryri and Fôn.

  Tan yr Allt House

The Dining Hall is T-shaped with ribbed segmental roof - groin vaulted over the junction of the two 'arms'. dentil cornice and panelled dado. Formerly contained accommodation for servants.

Group value with the adjoining Normal College buildings.

References : P Ellis Jones, "Bangor 1883-1983: A Study in Municipal Government" (1986) p 16.
Bangor Normal College, Centenary publication.

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The Ap Thomas Partnership kindly provided the images left - from their renovation of the building following fire on Monday 3rd April 1995. The fire was a result of a blow lamp left on the roof during maintainance. 30 firefighters using 6 appliances tackled the fire. Thankfully nobody was injured and sufficient insurance and wise management was in place to see the building restored.

The building is named after Sir Hugh Owen (1804-1881), Welsh educationist, born near Talyfoel Anglesey. Owen was one of the founders of the University of Wales (Aberystwyth - 1872) which was later followed by Cardiff (1883) and Bangor (1884). Owen championed Bangor Normal College, part of the British and Foreign School Society, and was awarded a knighthood for his services to education. A bronze statue was erected at Caernarfon in 1888 by public subscription.


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