Caerwys Coat of Arms

Caerwys Historical Society

Founded 2010

June 2017 Lecture

September Historical Society Lecture


‘Flintshire Royalists after the First Civil War



Dr Sarah Ward


Caerwys Town Hall


Thursday 14th September 2017 at 7.30 p.m.


Free to Members / Non-Members £2.00 at the door

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:

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

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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.

Lectures and Events

In December 2010 the Society held its first lecture. This has been followed with regular lectures covering local history and more diverse topics together with visits to places of local interest. Lectures are open to both members and non-members. The programme for the first half of 2013 is listed below and further details can be seen by clicking on the relevant date on the calendar at the foot of this page.                            

2016 - Christmas Lecture (7.30pm - doors open at 7.15pm)

Thursday 29th December (Christmas Lecture, including mulled wine & mince pies) - Butcher, Baker, Candlemaker, Shops and Services in Caerwys (Dr. Tim Erasmus, Will Hebson, Merion Morgan) - at Caerwys Town Hall.


2017- Lectures (All lectures commence at 7.30pm - doors open at 7.15pm - held in Caerwys Town Hall (apart from 18th June - as below)

Thursday 16th February. Caerwys in Postcards - Brian Bennett.

Thursday 6th April. Thomas Pennant: The Man Who Knew Everyone - Dr. Gronwy Wynne.

Thursday 11th May. Through Thick and Thin: Caerwys History in St. Michael's Church - Roland Ward & Vicky Jones

Thursday 15th June. The Archaeology of Halkyn - Fiona Gale.

Sunday 18th June. Excursion: Halkyn Archaeology - Bluebell Inn, Halkyn at 2.00pm.

Thursday 14th September. Research Student Lecture: Flintshire Royalists after the First Civil War 1647 - 1660 - Sarah Ward

Thursday 16th November. The Roman Presence in North East Wales - Ray Bailey

December lecture - to be announced 


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.



Contacting the Society 

The Committee consists of nine members as set out below. All enquiries should be addressed to the; 

Society Secretary

Carris Biddle


Tel: 01352 721049


Roland Ward

Vice Chair

Jim Falshaw 


Phillip Parry 

Membership Secretary

Vicky Jones

Programme Secretary

Roland Ward 

Committee Members

Paul Broadbent

Denis Fitzgerald

Beth Jones


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