Talacre

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Talacre
Talacre-lighthouse2.jpg
The beach at Talacre
Talacre is located in Flintshire
Talacre
Talacre
Location within Flintshire
Population347 
OS grid referenceSJ122846
Principal area
CountryWales
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townHOLYWELL
Postcode districtCH8
Dialling code01745
PoliceNorth Wales
FireNorth Wales
AmbulanceWelsh
EU ParliamentWales
UK Parliament
Welsh Assembly
List of places
UK
Wales
Flintshire
53°21′04″N 3°19′09″W / 53.35117°N 3.31911°W / 53.35117; -3.31911Coordinates: 53°21′04″N 3°19′09″W / 53.35117°N 3.31911°W / 53.35117; -3.31911

Talacre is a village in Flintshire on the north coast of Wales in the community of Llanasa, the village itself having a population of 347 as of the 2011 census.[1] It is a very anglicised village with only 98 residents born in Wales as of the 2011 census.

It is near Point of Ayr on the west side of the River Dee estuary and has a sandy beach with dunes with large holiday caravan parks adjacent. The hills of the Clwydian Range behind the village form the eastern boundary of the Vale of Clwyd. The name Talacre is a combination of the Welsh words tal [tal] "end" and acrau [ˈakraɨ̯] "acres", which the dialect of north-east Wales is pronounced acre [ˈakrɛ]. This has led to the local English pronunciation /təˈlækrə/. Some sources claim the English version is properly pronounced /tæˈlækr, -ri/.[2][3]

A view of Talacre lighthouse

The village is probably most popular for the lighthouse on the nearby beach and the Talacre Beach Holiday Home Park, a short walk away from the Presthaven Sands holiday park. The lighthouse has been noted for numerous ghostly sightings, people claiming to see a figure wearing old fashioned lighthouse keeper clothes and standing in front of the glass dome of the abandoned lighthouse.[4] The lighthouse was featured in popular British television drama Skins, in the episode Skins Pure.

Talacre was used by the armed forces during the Second World War, as an aircraft firing range. Fighters flew over the remote village every day, shooting at wooden targets in the dunes and at drogues towed by aircraft. It was also used for testing new devices, such as 'window' the anti-radar foil that, on occasion, covered the whole village with silver.

The village is often used as part of Paul O'Grady's comedy act, telling stories of how he spent many summers "Stuck in a four berth caravan in Talacre", and is therefore now part of popular culture as a famous "typically British" seaside holiday resort.

Talacre Abbey (Westbury Castle)[edit]

Talacre Hall, 1820s; Gauci, P., lithographer[5]

The Talacre estate (Talacre Abbey) and Talacre Hall, built in 1829, were the home of the Mostyn baronets of Talacre. The Carmelite Margaret Mostyn grew up on the estate in the early 1600s. In 1919 the Mostyn family sold the estate by auction and in 1921 it was occupied by a community of Benedictine nuns, who moved out in 1988.[6] The main hall, a grade II* listed building, now functions as a private house again, but renamed Westbury Castle.

Railways[edit]

Previously served by Talacre railway station which is currently closed (since 1966) on the North Wales Coast Line.

References[edit]

  1. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Talacre population (1119885443)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  2. ^ Wells, J C (2016). Sounds Fascinating: Further Observations on English Phonetics and Phonology. Cambridge University Press. p. 51. ISBN 978-1-107-15779-8.
  3. ^ "Historic Statement - Talacre Hall" (PDF). www.flintshire.gov.uk. Flintshire County Council. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Permanent 'ghost' for lighthouse". BBC News. 5 August 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-05.
  5. ^ "Mostyn of Talacre manuscripts". Flintshire Record Office. A noble castellated stone built mansion, containing 40 rooms, with a handsome private chapel
  6. ^ "English Benedictine Congregation". Archived from the original on 3 July 2010. Retrieved 20 July 2013.