Eryrys

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Eryrys
St David's, Eryrys - geograph.org.uk - 195555.jpg
St David's church (probably a design by Thomas Henry Wyatt),[1] which closed in the 1980s and is now a community centre.
Eryrys is located in Denbighshire
Eryrys
Eryrys
Eryrys shown within Denbighshire
OS grid reference SJ203578
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Ceremonial county
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Mold
Postcode district CH7
Dialling code 01824
Police North Wales
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Denbighshire
53°06′43″N 3°11′24″W / 53.112°N 3.190°W / 53.112; -3.190Coordinates: 53°06′43″N 3°11′24″W / 53.112°N 3.190°W / 53.112; -3.190

Eryrys (Welsh pronunciation: [ɛˈrərɪs]; alternate spelling Erryrys) is a village in Denbighshire, Wales, located at approximate grid reference SJ203578, five miles south of Mold.[2] The village is built on the limestone formation of Bryn Alyn and many limestone outcrops can be seen close by. At 350m above sea level, Eryrys is one of a number of villages with a valid claim to be the highest in Wales; others include Bwlchgwyn, Wrexham (335m, but has a still-active church, which Eryrys does not), and Garn-yr-Erw, Torfaen (390m, but has no church or pub).[3]

A number of sources suggested that the name is derived from the Welsh Erw Yrys, or the "acre (erw) of Gyrys", sometimes linked with the "Hen Gyrys o Iâl" indetified as the author of early Welsh collections of proverbs.

There are several limestone quarries close to the village, some now closed but others still actively serving the local cement industry. Eryrys was formerly a lead-mining community, with the remains of several mines still visible nearby,[4] although lead-mining in the area ceased in the late 19th century. The land around Eryrys is now primarily used for sheep-grazing, with also some dairy farming. Eryrys lies on the edge of the Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and many walking routes go through or around the village.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Llanarmon, St David, Eryrys, Church Plans Online
  2. ^ Ordnance Survey, 1:25,000 Explorer Map no. 265 Clwydian Range, 2000
  3. ^ Ordnance Survey. "MapZone". Retrieved 2007-03-04. 
  4. ^ Clwyd and Powys Metal Mines Survey site, http://www.cpat.org.uk/projects/longer/mines/minesidx.htm
  5. ^ Clwydian Range AONB | About the Range | AONB Designation