|Welsh: Cei Connah|
St Marks Church
Connah's Quay shown within Flintshire
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|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|UK Parliament||Alyn and Deeside|
|Welsh Assembly||Alyn and Deeside, North Wales|
Connah's Quay (Welsh: Cei Connah) is the largest town in Flintshire, Wales, on the River Dee, near the border with England. It can be reached by road from the A550, by rail from the nearby Shotton station, and also is on the National Cycle Network Route 5. It is near the region's industrial centre, Deeside Industrial Park. The major part of Corus Steelworks is on the town's border on the north bank of the River Dee. Wepre Woods, an ancient woodland in the town, is controlled by Flintshire County Council's Ranger Service and includes Ewloe Castle which dates from the 13th century.It is the main part of the Deeside conurbation.
The original name of the place was New Quay, but due to confusion with other similarly named places, it was renamed some time after 1860. The town's placename is of uncertain origin; among the theories are:
- From a former landlord of "The Old Quay House", a public house which is still on the docks in what is now the west side of the town.
- That Connah was a man who owned a chandlery store on the docks.
- From a lady called Mary Connah who used to own the dock, and so when people crossed the River Dee from places opposite, such as Parkgate or Neston, they would ask, "Could you take me to Connah's Quay".
Although never used historically, the Welsh translation for Connah's Quay is Cei Connah, which has controversially been incorporated into signage of the area.
The dock was connected by the Wrexham, Mold and Connah's Quay Railway to the nearby town of Buckley, chiefly to transport fire-clay and pottery products. It grew from this small port which included a shipyard which built the historic ship Kathleen & May, and now encompasses the former hamlets of Wepre, Kelsterton and Golftyn. By the late 1950s, the port had virtually ceased trading and the railway was in terminal decline. The two docks had by then long silted up, imprisoning the rotting hulk of an old wooden ship, the Bollam. This old vessel was believed to have taken part in rescuing the defeated British Expeditionary Force from Dunkirk. Another activity that had also almost died out by the 60s was fishing. Fishermen would row out across the river in an arc, paying out a long net over the stern of the boat as they went: see seine fishing. They then returned to shore and hauled in the net. Mostly they caught fluke (a flatfish), which they sold from barrows pushed around the housing estates.
Connah's Quay has a town council of twenty members. 18 represent the Labour Party and two are Independents.
Schools in Connah's Quay include Connah's Quay High School, Bryn Deva Primary, Wepre Primary, Brookfield Primary and Golftyn Primary.
In the last decade several large housing developments have been built in Connah's Quay and the town has a booming property market, with houseprices steadily increasing the town appeared to have finally shaken the effects of the mass redundancies from major employers in the 1970s and 1980s. However, this presumption deemed inaccurate, as recent surveys show that the accumulating masses of unemployed members of society within the Connah's Quay area are rising by a further four percent every year.
The town is home to Deeside College which has on site, the North Wales indoor athletics centre and athletics track which is used by Gap Connah's Quay F.C., formerly known as Connah's Quay Nomad and a Lifestyle Fitness Centre. It is also home to Connah's Quay Cricket Club,who play their home games at Central Park. They have 7 teams in the North Wales League, the 1st XI won the North Wales Premier Cricket League in 2011.The town is also home to Connahs Quay Sport Centre which has 4 grass football pitches, a sports hall, 2 gymnasiums, an outdoor floodlit artificial pitch which can host 3x 6 a side football pitches or a full size football or hockey pitch, it has an indoor sports hall which hosts 5 a side, basketball, badminton, and many other activities. There is also a Connahs Quay Swimming Pool. The town also is home to Connahs Quay Town FC, who play their home games on Dock Road: they currently play in the Welsh Alliance Division Two.
Wepre Brook is heard at the beginning of The Stone Roses album Second Coming[specify]. The Roses were at the time recording in nearby Ewloe. The recording studio was called Angel Share.The town is mentioned in the lyrics of the Catatonia song "Imaginary Friend" which is found on the album Paper Scissors Stone.
- Robb, J (1997). The Stone Roses and the Resurrection of British Pop. Ebury Press. pp. p198.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Connah's Quay.|
- Connah's Quay Town Council
- BBC Wales - Connah's Quay, Shotton & Queensferry website
- National Cycle Network Route 5
- Wepre Country Park
- Ewloe Castle
- Deeside College
- Connah's Quay Cricket Club
- Details on Connahs quay sports centre
- Deeside.com Hyperlocal news website