Lixwm

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Lixwm
Capel y Berthen, Lixwm - geograph.org.uk - 99820.jpg
Capel y Berthen, a Welsh Presbyterian chapel, in Lixwm
Lixwm is located in Flintshire
Lixwm
Lixwm
Lixwm shown within Flintshire
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Post townHOLYWELL
Postcode districtCH8
Dialling code01352
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53°13′59″N 3°14′49″W / 53.233°N 3.247°W / 53.233; -3.247Coordinates: 53°13′59″N 3°14′49″W / 53.233°N 3.247°W / 53.233; -3.247

Lixwm (Welsh: Licswm) is a small village in Flintshire, Wales. It is part of the community of Ysceifiog.

Lixwm was formerly a mining village, and one explanation of its unusual name was that it was given to it by miners who moved to the area from Derbyshire: in their dialect "likesome", or "licksome", was an adjective meaning "pleasant".[1] It may have been referred to as Lixwm Green, or Lixum Green, for a period in the 19th century.[2]

Lewis's 1843 Topographical Dictionary of Wales noted that at that time the majority of the population of Ysceifiog parish lived in Lixwm and were mainly employed in mines in the neighbouring parishes.[3] Even at that time, however, the population was declining due to the closure of some mines.

References[edit]

  1. ^ What's in a name – Lixwm, BBC Wales
  2. ^ The bulletin of the Board of Celtic Studies, University of Wales, v.9 (1939) 37–38
  3. ^ Lewis, A topographical dictionary of Wales, 1843, p.443