Venue sought as Rhymes of Flint back home

Published date: 15 January 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A DECISION could soon be made on where to house a historic collection of Flintshire poetry.

The discovery of a series of remarkable handwritten snapshots of history – called the Rhymes of Flint – was covered by the Leader last year after being found in a grandfather clock by a french polisher.

Penned in a notebook more than 80 years ago, the poetry volume by John Alexander Timothy remained hidden until Jimmy Eccles, of Southport, made the discovery in 1980.

Mr Eccles and friend Barry Hignett contacted the Leader last year, hoping to see the work return to the Flint area.

The works capture numerous characters and places in and around the town. Councillors in Flint hope to discuss where to display the musings at a meeting later this month.

Town councillor Vicky Perfect said: “I am a bit of a history freak and I am pleased to see the book come back to the area. It is an important part of the town’s fabric and it will enhance the collections we already have here.

“I think people would benefit from seeing the poems he wrote about the people and places in the area.”

Speaking of places such as Sydney Street, the Old Red Pits, Corporation Street, Castle Villa and Roskell Square, the author describes many Flint characters and events in the 1930s.

He reminisces about people such as blacksmith Joe Hughes, mailman John Williams and town crier Jack Paynter, while touching on everything from his love of Halkyn Road and May Day celebrations to nature spots, places he was not to play and cures for warts.

John Alexander Timothy, born on September 15, 1912 on Feathers Street, was the son of joiner Edward James Timothy and Katie Timothy (nee Fox).He later moved to Halkyn Road and lived to the age of 90, working as a chemist before his death in 2003.

When he died it was revealed the author, also known as Jack, left money to the town of Flint. This spawned ‘The Jack Timothy Trust’, helping support numerous local causes.

Members of the trust are one of the groups to have contacted the Leader offering a home to the lost book.

Any group interested in providing a home for the collection should call Flint Town Council on 01352 734414 or emai The matter is likely to be discussed at the council’s January 27 public meeting, beginning at 6.30pm.

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