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Hope, Flintshire

Historical Description

Hope, a village and a parish in Flintshire. The village stands on the river Alyn, near Watt's Dyke and Offa's Dyke, 5½ miles SE by E of Mold; is included in the parliamentary borough of Caergwrle, whose centre is a mile distant; belonged at Domesday to Gislebert, afterwards to the Earls of Chester, the Stanleys, and others; was a place of some importance in the time of Edward the Black Prince, by whom a charter was granted; and has a fine old bridge over the Alyn. There is a post office under Mold; money order and telegraph office, Caergwrle; and a station at the junction of the Chester and Mold section of the L. & N.W.B. with the Wrexham, Mold, and Connah's Quay railway. The parish includes the contributory parliamentary borough of Caergwrle, and the townships of Cymmau, Estyn, Hope Owen, Ehanberfedd, Shordley, Uwch-y-Mynydd Isaf, and Uwch-y-Mynydd Uchaf, and is sometimes called Queen's Hope or Estyn. Acreage, 2849; population, 4008. Hope Castle, on the summit of a lofty rock, is of unknown origin; it belonged in the time * of Owen Gynedd to Gryffdd Maelor, was given by Edward I. to Queen Eleanor, and consists now of a mutilated circular tower and a few fragments of walls. Caer-Estyn, an ancient British post, is on a confronting eminence. Roman coins tiles, bricks, and other relics, have been found. Limestone-is worked, and has afforded many interesting fossils. The living is a rectory in the diocese of St Asaph; net value— £365 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of St Asaph. The church has a monument to Sir John Trevor, comptroller of the navy in the time of Elizabeth. There is a Presbyterian chapel.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Registration districtWrexham1837 - 1871
Registration districtChester1871 - 1902
Registration districtHawarden1903 - 1974

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Land and Property

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