Flintshire, Wales: Local History Resources

Flintshire Wales UK local history

One of the 13 historic counties of Wales, Flintshire on the northern coast has lost much of its territory to other modern counties in the local government reorganisations of 1974 and 1996. Today it’s home to about 150,000 people. 

Flintshire was once famous for its coalfields, which encapsulated much of the coal production in north Wales. The county’s last colliery, Point of Ayr, closed in 1996.

Flintshire Record Office

Located in Hawarden, the record office has a wide range of resources available to anyone interested in family history, house history, or local history set in the county.

There are a total of four record offices in north-east Wales, being Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham. They are supported by the Friends of the Clwyd Archives, which was set up in 1994.

Flint Castle

Built at the command of Edward I during a campaign to conquer Wales, Flint Castle was completed in 1286 after nine years of construction work. Welsh heritage agency Cadw maintains the castle ruins, which became a public monument more than 90 years ago. Access to the public is both permitted and free of charge.

A Quick Look At Flint Castle

Greenfield Valley Heritage Park

The 70 acres of Greenfield Valley Heritage Park boasts woodland, reservoirs, and even ancient monuments. Unfortunately, there’s little visual evidence of the busy industrial centres that operated here during the industrial revolution. But some of the factory buildings do remain, and the locations of others are widely known.

St Winefride’s Well

Known as the Lourdes of Wells, the first reports of healing waters at this well first arose In the early medieval period. For several centuries the well drew large numbers of pilgrims, including royalty. 

Towns In Flintshire

The famous seaside resort of Rhyl used to be part of the historic county of Flintshire, but following local government reorganisation is now part of Denbighshire.

In modern Flintshire, Connah’s Quay has the largest population, being roughly 17,000 people.

  • Buckley
  • Caerwys
  • Connah’s Quay
  • Flint
  • Holywell
  • Mold
  • Saltney
  • Shotton

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