In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Whitford like this:
WHITFORD, a parish and a sub-district in Holywell district, Flint. The parish lies 2 miles SW of Mostyn r. station, and 3 NW of Holywell; extends to the estuary of the Dee; contains 8 townships; and has a post-office under Holywell. Acres, 13,065; of which 5,210 are water. Real property, £21,270; of which £9,337 are in mines, and £161 in quarries. Pop. in 1851, 3,884; in 1861, 3,666. Houses, 795. Mostyn Hall is the seat of Lord Mostyn; Downing is a seat of the Earl of Denbigh; Downing Ucha is the seat of the Griffiths; and Bychton was the seat of the Pennants. ...
Coal is worked both inland and under the sea; and limestone, freestone, chert, and ores of lead, and zinc are found. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of St. Asaph. Value, £382.* Patron, the Bishop of St. A. The church is good; the vicarages of Mostyn and Gorsedd are separate benefices; and there are several dissenting chapels, and charities £136. -The sub-district contains 5 parishes. Acres, 28,302. Pop., 8,043. Houses, 1,792.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Whitford in Flintshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 12th December 2013
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