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Pentre Halkyn is a small village near Holywell, Flintshire. It has a quarry, a small hotel and also a local shop but not much else.

The Springfield Hotel in Pentre Halkyn is situated right off the A55 heading north west. The rooms available range from a single to a family. In total it has 42 rooms and prievious guests rated it 8 out of 10.

The Limestone Quarries are situated outside of Pentre Halkyn, and another, between Rhosesmor and Halkyn stretch deep underground and even further back in time. Lead ore was first mined in roman times and was then smelted at Flint. The Lead that was produced there was stamped wth the insciption Deceangli, which was the British tribe occupying the area. In the 17th century an intensive period of lead mining begun, drawing the interest and the investment of the London Lead Company and Derbyshire mining entrepreneurs. Shortly after, new rich veins were discovered and these were quickly exploited which brought a large number of skilled miners to live in Halkyn. The existing villages of Pentre Halkyn, Halkyn and Rhosesmor grew rapidly in these times as more and more miners came. New communities were developed as the villages grew to house the new comers and the villages or hamlets of Rhes-Y-Cae, Moel-Y-Crio, Wern-Y-Gaer, Berthddu, Pantygo and Windmill developed. By the 19th Century the Lead mines were well developed and concerns arose necessitating mining techniques. This brought the problem of flooding due to the digging of deep drainage tunnels, the most important being the Milwr tunnel from Bagillt.

Mining ended in the 1970s but quarrying is still an important local industry with two new large limestone quarries dominating the surrounding area. Because of this new institutions were needed to support the community with new churches, chapels, a school and village halls being opened in the 19th century.

 Pubs/Bars:
 Springfield Hotel
       The Nant
       Pentre Halkyn
       Holywell
       Clwyd
       CH8 8BD
 


 

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