In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Halkyn like this:
HALKIN, a village and a parish in Holywell district, Flintshire. The village stands under Halkin mountain, 2½ miles SW of Flint r. station, and 3¼ SE of Holywell; and has a post office under Holywell. The parish includes the townships of Hendre-Figillt, Lugyn-y-Llan and Lugyn-y-Wern. Acres, 3,140. Real property, £5,282; of which £1,897 are in mines, and £30 in quarries. Pop. in 1851, 1,777; in 1861, 1,334. Houses, 320. The decrease of pop. was occasioned by decrease in the working of lead mines. ...
The property is divided among a few. Halkin Castle, built in 1827, is a seat of the Marquis of Westminster. Halkin mountain commands fine views; has, at its south end, an ancient British camp; and is there 1,020 feet high. The rocks abound in mineral wealth, principally lead ore, calamine, coal, limestone, and potter's clay. The living is a rectory in the diocese of St. Asaph. Value, £312.* Patron, the Bishop of Llandaff. The church is tolerable. The vicarage of Rhos-y-Coe is a separate benefice. There is a Calvinistic Methodist chapel. Roberts, who wrote "the History of the Cymry," was rector.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Halkyn in Flintshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 29th April 2016
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