Caerwys Coat of Arms

Caerwys Historical Society

Founded 2010

Next Historical Society Lecture

Christmas 2018 

Christmas Lecture - December 2018

Caerwys Historical Society


Crime And Punishment In Victorian Caerwys


By Dr. Tim Erasmus And Mr. Phillip Parry


Thursday 27 December


Caerwys Town Hall At 7.30pm.


Members free / Non-members £2

History of the Society

During 2008/09 a group of residents came together to participate in the production of ‘Discover Caerwys’, one of a set of publications about Flintshire past and present, produced by Cadwyn Clwyd and Flintshire County Council. This group also attracted funding from Cadwyn Clwyd and Caerwys Town Council in 2010 to produce a book, ‘Caerwys – A History Since Victorian Times’ written by Dr Tim Erasmus. A copy of this book was distributed free to each household in the Community area of Caerwys. The book was also donated to Libraries, Schools and Universities in Wales.

Further copies of the book, ‘Caerwys  –  A History Since Victorian Times’ (pictured below) are available from the Society. It will be priced at £10.00 a copy ( Plus postage cost, if required  -  £2.00 ).

In October 2010 the Caerwys Historical Society was formed. Permission was granted by the Caerwys Town Council to use the town crest which appears on our documents. Our Constitution, accepted by members in 2011, states the aim of the Society is to advance public knowledge in all aspects of the history of Caerwys and the surrounding district. In furtherance of this object the Society shall have the power to do all or any of the following:

Contacting the Society 

The Committee consists of nine members as set out below. All enquiries should be addressed to the Society Secretary - as below: 

Society Secretary

Carys Biddle


Tel: 01352 721049


Roland Ward

Vice Chair

Heather Fitzgerald 


Phillip Parry 

Membership Secretary

Beth Jones

Programme Secretary

Vicky Jones 

Committee Members

Jim Falshaw 

Paul Broadbent

Denis Fitzgerald

 2018 - Lectures (All lectures commence at 7.30pm - doors open at 7.15pm)

FEBRUARY 22nd  - The Welsh Historical Gardens Trust (Glynis Shaw ) held in St. Michael’s Church, Caerwys.

APRIL 12th – Shipping on Deeside (John Coppack) held in Caerwys Town Hall.

MAY 10th – Discovering Old Houses in North East Wales (Margaret Dunn) held in Caerwys Town Hall.

JUNE 14th – Ancient Woodland of North East Wales (Brian Palmer) held in Caerwys Town Hall.

OCTOBER 4th – Research Student Lecture – The Concept of the West (Gareth Roddy) held in Caerwys Town Hall

Further lectures to be announced for 2018


Caerwys  -  A History Since Victorian Times  -  click to enlarge

Caerwys – A History Since Victorian Times
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  •  Organise lectures, meetings, excursions and exhibitions

  •  Produce publications

  •  Provide an archive of historical material for public consultation

  •  Co-operate and foster good relations with other organisations having related interests

  •  Raise funds in furtherance of the aims of the Society



The Pioneering Vets of Caerwys  -  by Vicky Jones

The 40 page booklet with colour insert entitled 'The Pioneering Vets of Caerwys' is available from Will's Stores, Caerwys  -  or any Committee Member. It will be priced at £3 per copy ( Plus postage cost, if required  -  75p ).

The Pioneering Vets of Caerwys  -  Booklet

Cover picture taken from Y Meddyg Anifeiliaid  (The Animal Doctor)

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The Pioneering Vets of Caerwys

My father, Vic Thomas, was the vet in Caerwys from 1946 to 1983. He was very proud of the fact that the Caerwys practice had a long history and he believed it to be one of the oldest in the country.

Over the years I have tried to research the history of the practice and found that there have been vets in Caerwys for as long as there has been a recognised veterinary profession and that they have been not merely practitioners but professional pioneers.

Vicky Jones, 2014  



Susan Elizabeth Williams

Susan Elizabeth Williams  -  Teacher at Caerwys Primary School

Click photograph to upload thesis


Thesis of Susan Elizabeth Williams 

Susan Elizabeth Williams was a teacher at Caerwys Primary School, until her retirement in the late 1960’s. Mrs. Williams also resided in Caerwys and wrote a 71 page long thesis for her teaching degree, which contains a tremendous amount of local history, together with interesting memories and anecdotes of events in Caerwys and the area. The family of Mrs. Williams have kindly granted permission to the Historical Society, to publish the thesis on this web site.

The thesis, which is mainly in English, with parts in the Welsh language, has been saved and uploaded in a pdf document, with no editing performed from the original document.  

Please click on the photograph of Mrs. Williams (to the left) whereby the thesis will upload.


The Society has a healthy membership which is open to all at an annual fee of £10 and is free to under-18s in full time education. It is not necessary to be a member to attend our lectures and all are welcome.
Further Activities

In addition to the above, members of the Committee are currently working on an archive of historical documents and photographs and are recording ‘living memories’ of Caerwys residents.

Audio Visual Equipment for Community Use

The Society recently acquired a projector, screen, laptop, scanner and hand-held recorder all of which are available free-of-charge for use by the community of Caerwys. Availability can be seen on the calendar at the foot of this page. Contact either the Society Secretary or Treasurer to reserve equipment. Some technical support is available if required.

Funding for this equipment came from Cadwyn Clwyd, The Historical Society and Age UK Caerwys.



A series of five heritage postcards has been published by the Society and are available from local vendors  -  as photographs below ( click to enlarge )

Caerwys High Street - click to enlarge

Caerwys High Street

Caerwys Town Square Peace Tree - click to enlarge

Caerwys Town Square - Peace Tree

Caerwys South Street - click to enlarge

Caerwys - South Street

Driving down Caerwys Hill to Afonwen - click to enlarge

Caerwys Hill - to Afonwen 

The Fountain in Afonwen - click to enlarge

The Fountain in Afonwen