Visit Caerwys and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Caerwys, Flintshire. Caerwis it is called on l8th century maps, and in the early 19th century, it was noted chiefly as a crossroads junction for mysterious places like Skynyog and Bullafranck. It is now a smallish place reached by relatively minor roads between Holywell and St Asaph or Denbigh and Mold. But it is a striking example of the way in which Wales can preserve its ancient traditions in the 21st century. Caerwys has been celebrating its unique Eisteddfod since 1568.
It seems always to have had an artistic tradition peculiar to itself. The contests of music and poetry known as Eisteddfodau have been an outstanding feature of life among the Welsh for longer than written records have existed. The most important of these gatherings, perhaps the first to be held on a national scale, was the one called in the year 1177 by Rhys ap Gruffydd. Prince of South Wales, who invited all the bards of the country to his castle at Cardigan, or Aberteifi, to prove themselves in competition. Those of South Wales were found to excel in music, those of the North in verse; and for both arts the highly sophisticated rules that have governed them ever since were established. Gerald de Barn, the Norman-Welsh Archdeacon of Brecon, some sixty years afterwards wrote of the great skill the Welsh seemed naturally to have in these things, and of how they were distinguished from all other people he knew by their habit of singing not in unison but in harmony, by some natural instinct.
Caerwys, being set in an area where the political questions between Wales and England were most acute, naturally found in them a theme for its poets; and the death of the last Llywelyn was mourned in an elegy written by a man of Caerwys, Gruffydd ab yr Ynad Coch. who had been a bard under the special patronage of that prince. But there is little record of the place as a fully developed town until 1290, when Edward I of England granted it a charter, making it the only Welsh borough in Flint. Its importance for the district in which it lay was marked by its fairs, held once a week until very recent times. The drovers who brought their cattle to market, and passed through Caerwys on the great cattle-trek into England, had their animals shod in a smithy that once stood at the end of Drovers Lane, and in the market square a bell was hung to ring in the opening of the fair and ring it out again.
Nearby towns: Denbigh, Flint, Holywell, Mold, St Asaph
Nearby villages: Bagillt, Bodfari, Cilcain, Cwm, Dyserth, Greenfield, Gwaenynog, Halkyn, Henllan, Llanasa, Llandyrnog, Llanelwy, Llangynhafal, Llannerch-y-Mor, Llanrhaiadr, Meliden, Mostyn, Nannerch, Northop, Northop, Prestatyn, Rhuddlan, Rhydymwyn, Talacre, Thurstaston, Trefnant, Tremeirchion, Whitford
Have you decided to visit Caerwys or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Caerwys bed and breakfast (a Caerwys B&B or Caerwys b and b)
- a Caerwys guesthouse
- a Caerwys hotel (or motel)
- a Caerwys self-catering establishment, or
- other Caerwys accommodation