Flintshire: A county of healing and learning
North-east of Wales, on the borders of Wrexham, Denbighshire, and Cheshire lies a county called Flintshire. It boasts of historical locations worthy of a visit. It has also become an entrance to Ireland through Mostyn docks.
One of its towns is very conducive for short holidays. Mold, a market town, offers a variety of leisure activities and leisure entertainment. Tours, and Clwydian Range mountain walks, and open-air street markets are what make Mold famous. This town has also contributed greatly to the Welsh Culture through theatre and drama. The Theatr Clwyd is a popular theatre in this town which hosts the annual Mold Carnival in June.
The town of Mold also showcases the beauty of nature. A Country Park and Visitor Centre in Loggerhead was developed and has since then become a major attraction for tourists. Nearby, the highest peak of the Clwydian Range, Moel Fammau, is situated. The peak provides a scenic view of six counties. Composer Felix Mendelssohn was reportedly inspired by wooden paths between Loggerheads and Rhydymwyn called Leete.
A miraculous well in St. Winefride attracts many visitors every year. As early as the 7th century, this well has been visited by pilgrims, leading the well to be touted as the ‘Lourdes of Wales.’ A town called Holywell gets its name after the well. What is left of the Basingwerk abbey is located nearby.
Flintshire’s Greenfield Valley was a great mining and milling centre in the eighteenth century. Caer Estyn, Moel Arthur, and Penycloddiau have Local Iron Age hill forts which are of interest.
Many castles in Flintshire were homes to royalty and prestigious government figures. Hawarden is a town particularly wealthy in terms of history. It has two castles. King Edward 1 built one while the other was home to four-time British prime minister, William Gladstone. Other castles and tourist spots in Flintshire which make for interesting visits are the Ewloe Castle, Bailey Hill in Mold, and Point of Ayr lighthouse.
The market industry in Flintshire was developed during the Roman occupation. Towns such as Flint, Holywell, and Mold were built around these markets. Lords of the Manors historically run the markets until private companies took over and appointed a superintendent called by the nickname “Toby.” This tradition is still in practice. The popular market in Mold is open during Wednesdays and Saturdays and is often frequented by visitors and locals alike.
Flintshire can also boast of having a truly unique library which also functions as a residential place. This library is called St. Deiniol’s Library which is located in Hawarden. The library was the project of William Ewart Gladstone, a four-time prime minister, four-time chancellor, and a member of the Parliament for 63 years. He envisioned a place of learning and truth where scholars could enjoy comfortable lodging.
In the recent years, Flintshire has also become a location for the manufacturing industry. The county houses plants for Toyota, Corus Group steelworks, Shotton Paper, and Airbus.
Known for centuries as a market county, Flintshire was attained the Fairtrade County status in 2004.