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Bagillt is a town of Flintshire, North Wales, 14 mi. from Chester, in the ancient parish of Holywell. Its importance is due to its zinc, lead, iron, alkali and kindred works, and its collieries.

Above Bagillt is Bryn Dychwelwch, "Hill of Retreat", so called from the retreat effected by Owen Gwynedd, when pursued by Henry II, with superior numbers. Near is Mostyn Hall, dating from the time of Henry VI, the seat of one of the oldest Welsh families. Here are antiquities and manuscripts (old British history and Welsh, brought from Gloddaeth), a harp dated 1568, torques (torchau), etc. Henry VII, then Earl of Richmond, is said to have been concealed here in the reign of Richard III, when the lord of Mostyn was Richard ap Howel.

 Libraries in Bagillt:
 Bagillt Library
       CH6 6EQ
 01352 733167
 Tue 2.00pm-7.00pm
       Thur 10.00-1.00pm
       Fri 2.00am-5.00pm
       Sat 10.00am-12.00 noon
       Disabled Access Ramp

 Pubs/Bars in Bagillt:
 Bagillt Arms
       High Street
       CH6 6ED
 01352 763995

       High Street
       CH6 6AP
 01352 763811

 Boot & Ship Hotel
       High Street
       CH6 6HE
 01352 713390

 The Feathers Inn
       High Street
       CH6 6HE
 01352 710639

 Kings Arms Hotel
       High Street
       CH6 6ED
 01352 733323

 Stag Inn
       High Street
       CH6 6ED
 01352 732109

 Upper Ship Inn
       The Pentre
       CH6 6EQ
 01352 732189

 The Victoria Inn
       Bagillt Road
       CH6 6JB
 01352 714251

 The White Horse Inn
       High Street
       CH6 6AP
 01352 733283

 Take Aways in Bagillt:
 Wern Chippy (Fish & Chips)
       Bron y Wern
       CH6 6BT
 01352 733103

 Taxis in Bagillt:
 Clwyd Cars
       Tai Newydd
       Gadlys Lane
       CH6 6EH
 01352 731111

 Places of Worship in Bagillt:
 Church In Wales Parish Of Bagillt
       Vicarage Road
       CH6 6DB
 01352 732732

 Schools/Colleges in Bagillt:
 Merllyn C.P. School (Primary)
       Foel Gron
       CH6 6BB
 01352 733366

 Ysgol Glan Aber C.P. (Primary)
       Boot End
       CH6 6LW
 01352 711995

St Marys Church, Bagillt

Bagillt - From 'A Topographical Dictionary of Wales' (1849)
BAGILLT, a rising town and hamlet, in the parish and union of Holywell, Holywell division of the hundred of Coleshill, county of Flint, North Wales, 3 miles (E. by S.) from Holywell; containing about 2300 inhabitants. This place, which is divided into Bagillt-Vawr and Bagillt-Vechan, is situated close on the southern shore of the estuary of the Dee, on a road which, branching off from the great Chester and Holyhead road at Northop, runs through Flint, and rejoins the main line at Holywell. The Chester and Holyhead railway also, opened in 1848, passes by Bagillt. The Halkin mountain, rich in mineral treasures, rises on the south-west; and on the western side of this eminence, the ancient line of demarcation called Wat's Dyke proceeds through the township to its termination by the Dee, near Basingwerk Abbey. Here are very extensive collieries, affording employment to upwards of 250 men, and yielding annually more than 40,000 tons of coal, which is chiefly exported coastwise to Ireland, the Isle of Man, Liverpool, and the distant parts of North Wales. There are also at this increasing place three separate and extensive establishments for smelting lead-ore, which annually produce upwards of 25,000 tons of that metal; and connected with them are refineries for extracting from the lead the proportion of silver which it contains: the amount of the latter metal thus annually procured, averages above 300,000 ounces. Subordinate to these principal establishments are extensive works for manufacturing the lead into sheets, pipes, and bars; and in the various departments nearly 600 men are constantly employed. Steam-vessels, which maintained a constant communication between Holywell and Liverpool, used to ply daily between the latter place and the quay at Bagillt, but they have been discontinued.

A church, dedicated to St. Mary, a beautiful structure in the pointed style, was erected some years ago, chiefly by the munificence of the late David Pennant, Esq., and the aid of Jesus' College, Oxford. The living is a perpetual curacy; income, �150; patron, the Vicar of Holywell. A National school has been built near the church, capable of containing 230 children; an infants' school is also supported in connexion with the Established Church, together with a Sunday school. There are places of worship for Independents, and Calvinistic and Wesleyan Methodists; a British school is supported by the dissenters, and they have three Sunday schools. Between Gadlys and Pentre Bagillt is an eminence, called Bryn Dychwelwch, or "the Return Hill," from a tradition that it is the spot where Henry II. gave the order to his forces to retreat, when engaged in the battle of Counsyllt, or Coleshill; for the particulars of which, see the article on Holywell.


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