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Caerwys, Flintshire

Historical Description

Caerwys, a village and a parish in Flintshire. The village stands 5 miles SW by W of Holywell, and 6 E of St Asaph, and has a station on the L. & N.W.R., and a post, money order, and telegraph office under Holywell. It is thought to occupy the site of a Roman station; it was the scene of the court of the last Prince Llewellyn; it witnessed Eisteddfodau, or congresses of bards and minstrels, at various periods till 1798; was formerly a market-town, and it unites with Flint and other places in sending a member to parliament. It comprises four streets, crossing each other in the centre; and has a town-hall, a church, and Wesleyan and Calvinistic Methodist chapels. Great cattle fairs are held here periodically. The parish includes also the townships of Bryngwyn-Issa and Bryngwyn-Ucha. Acreage, 2737; population, 765. The manor belongs to Lord Mostyn. Maes-Mynam, the site of the residence of Prince Llewellyn, is SW of the town. The living is a rectory in the diocese of St Asaph; gross value, £344 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of St Asaph. Lloyd, the friend of Pennant, was vicar, and Bishop Wynne was a native.

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 districtHolywell1837 - 1974

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

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

For births, marriages, and deaths in Caerwys from 1837 to 1974 you should search for the Holywell Registration District.

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Flintshire is available to browse.


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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RegionNorth Wales
Postal districtCH7