Caerwys shown within Flintshire
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Caerwys is a town in Flintshire, Wales. It is situated just under two miles from the A55 North Wales Expressway and one mile from the A541 Mold-Denbigh road. At the 2001 Census, the population of Caerwys civil parish was 10,315, with a total ward population of 20,496.
Caerwys is mentioned in the Domesday Book as a small market town. The well-maintained church is dedicated to St. Michael. It has two parallel naves. The oldest part of the building is a stone tower whose base is said to have been part of a Roman observation tower. Contained within the church is the cover slab of a tomb reputed to have been that of Elizabeth Ferrers, the wife of Dafydd ap Gruffudd, prince of Wales (d. 1283). A short, informative booklet about the church was written in 1936 and updated in 1995. As well as being surrounded by areas of outstanding natural beauty and views across mountains and valleys, the centre of Caerwys has been designated a conservation area.
Caerwys and Philadelphia have important historical connections. Local doctor, Thomas Wynne, sailed to America on the ship Welcome in 1682 with William Penn. Wynne was one of the founding fathers of Philadelphia and became the first speaker of the Provisional Assembly, as well as a provincial judge. The original street plan of Philadelphia was designed on the street pattern of Caerwys. Many Welsh names crop up in the city, and several buildings built in Philadelphia resemble buildings in the Caerwys area, some of which still stand today.
Caerwys also hosted two of the most important eisteddfodau of the early modern era, one in 1523, during in the reign of Henry VIII of England at which Tudur Aled was present and the other, sanctioned by Elizabeth I, in 1568.
Actress Myfanwy Talog, another native of Caerwys, is commemorated by a slate plaque on the cottage where she was born. Also a television presenter with the BBC, Talog persuaded the corporaton to bring the Radio 1 Roadshow to the town in the 1980s.
The local football team Caerwys F.C. play in the Clwyd League in the 2009/2010 season they finished 3rd and have a rivalry with many clubs including Holywell Town, Denbigh Town and Ruthin Town. They also have a Summer League team and have a rivalry with Ysceifiog.
- 2001 Census: Caerwys (Parish), Office for National Statistics, retrieved 15 June 2008
- 2001 Census: Caerwys (Ward), Office for National Statistics, retrieved 15 June 2008
- Flintshire Conservation Areas, Flintshire County Council, retrieved 3 August 2009
- Caerwys: Thomas Wynne, Caerwys Town Council, retrieved 13 February 2009
- Following footsteps, Vale Advertiser / icNorthWales, 12 May 2006, retrieved 13 February 2009
- Williams, D., 1961, A Short History of Modern Wales, London: John Murray, p.28
- British Listed Buildings
Caerwys is the summer home to many holiday makers as there are no fewer than 3 caravan parks set within the town.
- Caerwys Town Council
- Caerwys Male Voice Choir
- Photos of Caerwys and surrounding area on geograph.org.uk
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