Flint's history depicted on street plaques


Owen Evans

PLAQUES depicting more than 700 years of a town’s history have been installed as part of a heritage trail.

The bronze tablets, which have been put in place on Church Street, Flint, will give information on various buildings and trades that have shaped the town.

The scheme is part of the Flint Heritage trail, a project aimed at creating a link between Flint Castle, Flint’s waterfront and the town centre for visitors.

The plaques installed so far give details of a sadler’s, a draper’s, a greengrocer’s, the town’s Old Court House, the old post office and Trelawny Square. One also gives details of Trelawney House, a building owned by alkali manufacturer Richard Muspratt who ran a huge chemical works near Flint Castle.

A plaque has also been installed on the side of the council offices in Flint, depicting the timeline of the trail.

A portrait of a coin from the reign of Edward I, the king that had Flint Castle built, has been placed alongside one of Flint Taekwondo star Jade Jones’ Olympic gold medal.

Flint councillor Alex Aldridge said: “I’m very pleased that these plaques have been installed. They are part of a big heritage project in Flint. Hopefully they will attract more tourists into the town centre to learn about its history.”

A spokesman for Flintshire Council said: “Two more plaques are still to be installed and the other elements of the trail, due to be implemented soon, include interpretative signage with QR codes which will enable people to access an audio trail from their iPhones.”

Heritage body Cadw is also supporting the scheme by designing and implementing new interpretative signage at the castle.

“The trail is being paid for with £30,000 funding provided from the utility company Eirgrid, to thank the community of Flint for their patience over works undertaken in 2012 to lay a cable beneath the highway,” added the spokesman.

The idea of a heritage trail was placed in Flint’s Masterplan, a strategy to steer the town’s regeneration over the next seven years. The spokesman added: “This scheme also complements the ongoing Townscape Heritage Initiative.”

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