In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Diserth like this:
DYSERTH, or Diserth, a parish in the district of St. Asaph and county of Flint; near the sea, the river Clwyd, and the vale of Clwyd and the Chester and Holyhead railways, 1¾ mile E by N of Rhuddlan r. station, and 4 NNE of St. Asaph. It has a post office under Rhyl. Acres, 3, 348; of which 1, 464 are water. Rated property, £2, 206. Pop., 1, 098. Houses, 267. The property is divided among a few. Lead mining is carried on at Talargoch. An ancient castle, of early Norman structure, stood on a lofty scarped rock; was defended, on one side, by a deep fosse cut in the solid rock; was strengthened, in 1241, by Henry III.; and was demolished, about 1261, by the Welsh under Llewelyn; and it is now represented by only a few fragments. ...
An oblong double, transepted, ivy-clad building, called Siambre-Wen or "the white chamber, " stands immediately below the castle-rock; and is regarded by some antiquaries as an ecclesiastical edifice, -by others, as the residence of the later constables of the castle, -by others as an enclosure over a holy well. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of St. Asaph. Value, £113.*-Patron, the Bishop of St. Asaph. The church has part of a Jesse window, and contains memorials of the Conways of the 17th century; and the churchyard contains some remarkable ancient tombstones, and a mutilated sculptured ancient cross.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Diserth has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Denbighshire. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Diserth and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Diserth, in Denbighshire and Flintshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 13th December 2013
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