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Dyserth (Welsh: Diserth) is an attractive, medium sized village in Denbighshire, North Wales. Population 2566 (Census 2001). Its main features are the extensive quarrying remains, its waterfalls, railway line (now a footpath) and mountain, called Moel Hiraddug. It has a long history and is mentioned in the doomesday book of 1086 as follows:

    Ad hoc manerium ROELENT jacent hae berewiches, DISSAREN BODUGAN CHILVEN et MAENEVAL. In his est terra i carrucata tantum et silva i leuva longa et dimidia lata. Ibi est francigena et ii villani habent i caracutas.

    To this manor of RHUDDLAN belong these berewicks, DYSERTH BODEGAN (1.5 m ENE of St Asaph) CHILVAN (?) and MAENEFA (?). In these the land is 1 carucate only, and there is a wood 1 league long and a half wide. One foreign woman and 2 villeins have 1 carucate there.

Dyserth also had a castle which suffered at the hands of Llywelyn ap Gruffydd and destroyed after a six-week siege in 1263. The remains of the castle were quarried away during the World War I.

The oldest industry in the village and surrounding area is mining, with lead, copper and limestone just some of the minerals being mined locally in the past. These quarries are still visible and form a major part of the village's geography, though mining ceased when Dyserth Quarry closed in 1981.

Traditionally, there has been a very strong Welsh speaking community in the village and until recent times many families and village folk knew, or knew of, each other. This is typical of a rural community whose life often centred around the many churches and chapels in the village. Many of the village's families have their roots in agriculture, with many notable farms in or around Dyserth; these include Hottia, Bryn Cnewyllyn and Ty Newydd.

A recent drive to reawaken a feeling of village pride has had some success, due in part to the heavy promotion of Dyserth people, and village-based events and organisations. In addition, the excellent work of some village folk in securing the sprucing up of parts of the village, notably the High Street, parks and entrances to Dyserth has been welcome. The village has a large number of active community and environmental organisations some with a long history (for example the Dyserth & District Field Club founded in 1911).

 Pubs/Bars in Dyserth:
 The New Inn
       Waterfall Road
       LL18 6ET
 01745 570482

 The Red Lion Hotel
       Waterfall Road
       LL18 6ET
 01745 570404

 Y-Bonunig Inn
       High Street
       LL18 6AA
 01745 570333

 Hotels in Dyserth:
 Graig Park Country Club
       Allt Y Graig
       LL18 6DX
 01745 571022

 Take Aways in Dyserth:
 Dyserth Kebab & Burger House
       Jades Bank House
       High Street
       LL18 6AA
 01745 571800

 The Dyserth Tandoori (indian)
       High Street
       LL18 6AA
 01745 570044

 Minawel Fish & Chips (Fish and Chips)
       High Street
       LL18 6AB
 01745 570503

 Schools/Colleges in Dyserth:
 Ysgol Hiraddug (Primary)
       Thomas Avenue
       LL18 6AN
 01745 570467

 Chemists/Pharmacies in Dyserth:
 Rhys Roberts
       The Pharmacy
       High Street
       LL18 6AA 
 01745 570232
 01745 570232

 Doctors/GPs in Dyserth:
 Quarry House
       High Street
       LL18 6AB 
 01745 571973

Snow in Dyserth

Dyserth (Diserth) - From 'A Topographical Dictionary of Wales' (1849)
DYSERTH (DISERTH), a parish, in the union of St. Asaph, partly within the limits of the borough of Rhuddlan, partly in the hundred of Rhuddlan, and partly in that of Prestatyn, county of Flint, North Wales, 2½ miles (E. N. E.) from Rhuddlan; containing 892 inhabitants. This place was anciently distinguished for a castle, of which mention occurs in various records, under the several appellations of Din Colyn, Castell y Failon, and Castell Gerri. Of its original foundation nothing certain is known: it was probably of Welsh origin, and is supposed to have formed the last of a chain of British posts on the Clwydian hills. The castle was fortified by Henry III., about the year 1241; but, within less than twenty years after, it was razed to the ground by Llewelyn ab Grufydd. During the siege, Einon, son of Ririd Vlaidd, was slain: and a cross was erected to his memory on the spot, the shaft of which, ornamented with rude sculpture, was subsequently made to form part of a stile into the churchyard. The small remains of the castle, consisting only of a few fragments, occupy the summit of a limestone rock about half a mile from the village: from this spot is an extensive view of the Irish Sea and part of the Vale of Clwyd. In the same vicinity are the ruins of another building, called Siambre Wen, and Eglwys Wen.

The parish is bounded on the north-west by the Irish Sea, and comprises 1842 acres, of which 84 are common or waste land. The turnpike-road from Holywell, through Newmarket, to Rhuddlan, passes through the village. In a part of the parish, included in the Bishop of St. Asaph's manor of Rhuddlan, is the Talar Gôch lead-mine, of the produce of which the bishop receives the usual proportion as lord of the manor; a part of the mine extends into the parish of Meliden, and the produce, which in 1847 amounted to nearly 1000 tons of ore, is shipped off from Rhuddlan to the vicinity of Flint, where it is principally smelted. Near the church was formerly a beautiful cascade, formed by a stream from Fynnon Asaph, in the parish of Cwm; but it is now almost destroyed by the diversion of the stream to the mines. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the patronage of the Bishop of St. Asaph; net income, £160. The tithes have been commuted for a rent-charge of £388. 12. 3., with an impropriate glebe of nineteen acres and a quarter, valued at £24 per annum. The church, dedicated to St. Bridget, is a small neat edifice, without either tower or spire, but embellished with a fine window of painted glass, removed from Basingwerk Abbey, near Holywell, at the time of the Dissolution. Within the church are some gravestones of Knights Templars; and in the churchyard, which is ornamented with several fine yew-trees, are two singular tombstones with a bow sculptured upon each, and an ancient pillar or weeping-stone, from which the primitive chiefs and princes are said to have dispensed their judgments. The ancient mansion here in which the archdeacons of St. Asaph formerly resided was rebuilt, in 1799, for a parsonage-house, and was enlarged by the late, and considerably improved and beautified by the present incumbent. There are places of worship for dissenters; a small dame's-school, principally supported by the curate; and three Sunday schools, one of them in connexion with the Church. The charitable bequests are few: the principal is an annual sum of £2, bequeathed by Edward Jones in 1636, arising from the Bôdryddan estate in the neighbourhood, and which is distributed among the poor on St. Thomas's day. Parry, Bishop of St. Asaph, died at Dyserth in 1623.

or, union of Kington, within the liberties of the borough of New Radnor, county of Radnor, South Wales, 4 miles (N. E. by N.) from New Radnor; containing 50 inhabitants. This chapelry is situated on the eastern side of the tract called the Forest of Radnor. Divine service has been discontinued in the chapel, owing to its proximity to the chapel of Kinnerton, and church of Cascob.


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