In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Caerwys like this:
CAERWYS, a small town and a parish in Holywell district, Flint. The town stands 5 miles SW by W of Holywell r. station, and 6 E of St. Asaph; and has a post office under Holywell. It is thought to occupy the site of a Roman station; it was the scene of the court of the last Prince Llewellyn; it witnessed Eisteddfodau, or congresses of bards and minstrels, at various periods till 1798; it was the seat of the county assizes till 1672; and it unites with Flint, and other places, in sending a member to parliament; but, as a borough, includes the townships of Tre'dre and Tref-Edwyn. ...
It comprises four streets, crossing each other in the centre; and has a townhall, a church, and three dissenting chapels. Markets are held on Tuesdays; and fairs on the 2d Tuesday of Jan., 5 March, the last Tuesday of April, Trinity Thursday, the Tuesday after 7 July, 29 Aug., and 5 Nov. Pop., 637. Houses, 150.The parish includes also the townships of Bryngwyn-Issa, and Bryngwyn-Ucha. Acres, 2,603. Real property, £2,952. Pop., 853. Houses, 208. The manor belongs to Lord Mostyn. Maes-Mynam, the site of the residence of Prince Llewellyn, is SW of the town. A tumulus is about a mile NE of the town; other tumuli are on the hills to the W; and an ancient camp is on a summit to the N. The living is a rectory in the diocese of St. Asaph. Value, £425.* Patron, the Bishop of St. Asaph. Lloyd, the friend of Pennant, was vicar; and Bishop Wynne was a native.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Caerwys in Flintshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 29th April 2017
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