In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Denbigh like this:
Denbigh, cap. of co., parl. and mun. bor., market town, and par., with ry. sta., Denbighshire, 25 miles W. of Chester and 205 miles NW. of London -- bor., 8987 ac., pop. 6535; pan, 1609 ac., pop. 4422; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks, 2 newspapers. Market-days, Wednesday and Saturday; is finely situated near the centre of the Vale of Clwyd, on a rocky eminence, the summit of which is crowned by the ruins of a castle of the time of Edward I. ...
The town hall dates from 1572. The free grammar-school was founded in 1727, and Howell's female orphan school in 1860. At D. is a lunatic asylum for 5 counties of North Wales. D. has mfrs. of shoes and gloves, and some tanning. The bor. unites with Ruthin, Wrexham, and Holt in returning 1 member to Parliament.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Denbigh in Denbighshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 25th March 2017
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