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Photochrom of Llanyeil Church in Bala

Mary Jones World

Learn how one girl’s journey transformed the lives of millions: Interactive displays, videos, exhibits and activities bring her fascinating story to life from 1800 to the present day. This new exhibition is located inside Lanycil Church.

Mary Jones

In 1800 a fifteen-year-old girl, Mary Jones, walked the twenty-five miles from her home in the small village of Llanfihangel-y-Pennant to buy a bible from the Reverend Thomas Charles in Bala. Bibles were scarce and expensive at the time and she had to save for six years to buy one. This determination was a major factor in the foundation of the British and Foreign Bible Society in 1804.