BODELWYDDAN (Welsh pronunciation: ) is a town, electoral ward and
Wales , approximately 5 miles (8 km) South
Rhyl . The Parish includes several smaller hamlets.
Bodelwyddan is home to over sixty listed buildings including
notable locations such as the Marble Church and
Bodelwyddan Castle .
The population of only 2,106, increasing to 2,147 at the 2011
census, is served by a single public house , a small number of shops,
a primary school and a driving range ; as well as having its own
Community Centre .
It is now bypassed by the
A55 road , but continues to be a hub of
activity due to the presence of Glan
Clwyd Hospital . It has a Town
* 1 History
* 1.1 Local Development Plan
* 2 Geography
* 3 Demographics
* 4 Notable landmarks
* 4.2 Faenol Fawr
* 4.3 Glan
* 4.5 Marble Church
* 5 Education
* 6 Notable residents
* 7 References
* 8 External links
The name "Bodelwyddan" translates as Abode (Bod) of Elwyddan, he
being a fifth century Romano Chieftain of the area.
Bodelwyddan may not have a long and notable history, it does
contain many historic buildings, and has been the site of several
important military training exercises during the two
World Wars .
Bodelwyddan was a part of the parish of
St. Asaph ,
before being gazetted as a new and separate parish on the 3rd of
August, following the construction of the Marble Church.
During the two
World Wars , the nearby
Kinmel Camp was used to house
soldiers, and was the location of the
Kinmel Park Riots in 1919,
which led to several Canadian deaths.
Bodelwyddan was home to a Lead Mine , which closed
sometime between 1860 and 1900. The nearby "Engine Hill" was named
after the mine engines designed to keep the mine's water problems
under control. Engine Hill has four "main" engine shafts with multiple
smaller shafts, however the majority of knowledge on earlier working
has been lost.
Bodelwyddan bypass was completed in 1986, and has been
fundamental in shaping the changing Bodelwyddan, being at least
partially responsible for the Local Development Plan and the continued
existence of Ysbyty Glan Clwyd.
LOCAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN
See also: Town and country planning in
In 2010, it was made public that
Denbighshire County Council 's Local
Development Plan (LDP) had allocated over 1,700 new houses to be built
Following the announcement, the proposal has been heavily opposed by
Conwy County Borough Council , who said “No
evidence has been presented by
Denbighshire County Council providing
details of the likely impact on services generally in Conwy County
(especially Health and Education)"
According to forecasts, the population of
Bodelwyddan would be
expected to rise significantly until 2021, potentially tripling the
In 2011 a referendum was held by the
Town Council on the topic, with
a resounding 94% against result. Despite the clear and near-unanimous
opposition, the decision was made to go ahead with the plan, following
a split vote by
Denbighshire County Council.
Despite Bodelwyddan's small size, it is a town and not a village , as
evidenced by its
Town Council . The majority of locals refer to it as
To its South lies
Bodelwyddan Castle, which sits on Engine Hill - so
named for the Steam Engines that drove the mining operations that took
place there in the past.
In the area surrounding
Bodelwyddan lie small farms, including two
farm shops . Also nearby are several hamlets - including: Cefn
Meiriadog, Marli, Llannefydd and Pengwern.
SETTLEMENTS AND GEOGRAPHIC FEATURES NEAR BODELWYDDAN
Towyn - 7 km
Kinmel Bay - 6 km
Rhyl - 8 km
Rhuddlan - 4 km
Flint - 29 km
Abergele - 7 km
St. Asaph 5 km
Llanrwst - 32 km
Denbigh - 14 km
Ruthin - 26 km
At the time of the 2001 Census , the Usual Resident Population
numbered 1,802, of which 915 (50.8%) were male and 887 (49.2%) were
With a density of just 20.95 people per hectare,
Bodelwyddan is one
of the most sparsely populated towns or villages in North
is not classified as a hamlet .
Bodelwyddan Church Vicarage
Bodelwyddan has over sixty listed buildings within its Town Boundary.
Bodelwyddan Castle and the Faenol Fawr are two of the
Notable buildings include the Marble Church , built by John Gibson in
Bodelwyddan Castle , now used as a branch of the National
Portrait Gallery ; and Glan
Clwyd Hospital, the major hospital for
central North Wales.
Bodelwyddan Castle, built around 1460 as a manor house is one of the
most obvious buildings on the
Bodelwyddan skyline, both at day and at
night. Being of a more recent vintage than most other nearby castles,
Bodelwyddan Castle is well preserved. Today,
Bodelwyddan castle is
used primarily as a Hotel and Art Gallery, but in the past has served
other functions, such as being a private school for girls between 1920
Faenol Fawr, Bodelwyddan
Faenol Fawr, Bodelwyddan Faenol Fawr
Faenol Fawr was built in 1597 as a country house for John Lloyd,
registrar for the
St Asaph diocese. Dormer windows with stepped gables
were installed as part of an 18th-century renovation. It is now a
country house hotel. It is a grade II* listed building.
GLAN CLWYD HOSPITAL
Main article: Glan
Also known as Ysbty Glan Clwyd, Glan
Clwyd Hospital is one of the
largest hospitals in North Wales, and is the major hospital for
Central North Wales. Until 2007, it served as the headquarters of the
Conwy now legally protected poignant examples of pristine trenches
from that era. In the 1919
Kinmel Park Riots , five Canadian soldiers
perished; There have been other tragic events in Kinmel Park history,
including the death of many soldiers in the
1918 flu pandemic .
Marble Church, Bodelwyddan Marble Church,
St. Margaret's Church, better known as The Marble Church, is clearly
visible from a great distance up and down the
A55 road and was erected
between 1856 and 1860, and was built with local
Limestone , sourced
Llanddulas , whose appearance closely resembles porcelain
The Church is dedicated to two Saints, St. Margaret and St. Kentigern
, and contains several notable graves - including the grave of
Elizabeth James, mother of
Sir Henry Morton Stanley
Sir Henry Morton Stanley , a renowned
Victorian Explorer. It is also home to the graves of over eighty
Canadian soldiers, dating back to between 1918 and 1919.
See also: List of schools in
Primary School is Ysgol y Faenol, which primarily feeds
into Ysgol Glan
St. Asaph and Ysgol Emrys Ap Iwan in Abergele
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* ^ Listed Buildings in
Bodelwyddan - Retrieved April 7, 2013
* ^ "Parish Headcounts: Denbighshire". Neighbourhood Statistics:
Census 2001. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 20 May 2011.
* ^ "Community/Ward population 2011". Retrieved 22 May 2015.