The Info List - Prestatyn

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/prɛˈstætɪn/ is a seaside resort, town and community in Denbighshire, Wales. Historically a part of Flintshire, it is located on the Irish Sea
Irish Sea
coast, to the east of Rhyl. At the 2001 Census, Prestatyn
had a population of 18,496, [1] that increased to 18,849 at the 2011 census.[2]


1 History

1.1 Prehistory 1.2 Roman 1.3 Medieval 1.4 19th century to present

2 Facilities and attractions 3 Politics 4 Transport 5 Notable people 6 Annual events

6.1 Flower Show 6.2 Carnival

7 Cultural references 8 Sport 9 References 10 External links

History[edit] Prehistory[edit] There is evidence that the current town location has been occupied since prehistoric times. Prehistoric
tools found in the caves of Graig Fawr, in the nearby village of Meliden, have revealed the existence of early human habitation in the area. Roman[edit] The Roman bathhouse is believed to be part of a fort on the road from Chester
to Caernarfon. However, much of "Roman Prestatyn" has been destroyed as houses have been built over unexcavated land. Medieval[edit] The name Prestatyn
derives from the Old English
Old English
preosta ("priest") and tun ("town"), and was recorded in the Domesday Book
Domesday Book
as Prestetone.[3][4] Unlike similarly derived names in England, which generally lost their penultimate syllable and became Preston, this village's name developed a typically Welsh emphasis on the penultimate syllable and a modification of "ton" to "tyn", as also happened at Mostyn.[5] Although the Domesday Book
Domesday Book
only extended to demesnes in England, Prestatyn
was included since it was at that time under English control. An earth mound, visible in fields to the east of the railway station, beyond Nant Hall, marks the site of an early wooden Prestatyn
castle, probably built by the Norman Robert de Banastre about 1157, which was destroyed by the Welsh under Owain Gwynedd
Owain Gwynedd
in 1167.[6][7] The Banastre family then moved to Bank Hall
Bank Hall
in Lancashire. The town appears to have been primarily a fishing village for hundreds of years. The beginning and end of High Street today mark the location of two 'maenolau' (or manor houses) called Pendre (translated as "end of" or "top of town") and Penisadre ("lower end of town"). 19th century to present[edit] The town's population remained at less than 1,000 until the arrival of the railways and the holidaymakers in the 19th and 20th centuries. "Sunny Prestatyn" became famous for its beach, clean seas and promenade entertainers, and visiting for a bathe was considered very healthy by city-dwelling Victorians. During the Second World War
Second World War
the holiday camps were used as billets for British soldiers, many of whom were also sent to live with locals. Prestatyn
was the home of the first UK Kwik Save
Kwik Save
supermarket in 1965; Prestatyn
was also the home of the firm's business headquarters. The Kwik Save
Kwik Save
store was renamed Somerfield
following a takeover in 2007, and was finally demolished in 2008 when surrounding land was bought by Tesco. The North Hoyle
North Hoyle
Offshore Wind Farm was opened in 2003. Situated in Liverpool Bay, 5 miles (8 km) off the coast of Prestatyn, it was the UK's first major offshore wind farm. It has 30 wind turbines with a combined maximum capacity of 60 megawatts - enough to power 40,000 homes if it was sustained. Facilities and attractions[edit] Although Prestatyn
remains a tourist destination and resort town, the town is diversifying in response to the decline of the British seaside holiday. The NHS is planning to open an elderly care facility in the town to serve north Denbighshire, and the opening of big name shops and supermarkets looks set to increase the town's status as a shopping centre. Merlin Cinemas have taken over the Scala cinema, a digital cinema with films, exhibition and theatre venues. Work is under way on the revival of the Ffrith Beach Festival Gardens. After a troubled few years when the seafront site has lain deserted, attractions are planned, such as tenpin bowling, quad bikes, dance studio and yoghurt bar. The town is at the northern end of the Offa's Dyke
Offa's Dyke
Path, although not on Offa's Dyke
Offa's Dyke
itself. It also marks the eastern end of the North Wales
Path, a long-distance coastal route to Bangor, and the western end of the Clwydian Way. Other attractions include the remains of Roman baths
Roman baths
and the nearby Neolithic
mound, the Gop. Pontin's
Holiday Centre was the location for a 1973 film of the popular British TV series, On the Buses. Politics[edit] The town was in the Delyn parliamentary constituency from 1983 to 1997, since when it has been in Vale of Clwyd. For elections to Denbighshire
County Council the town is divided into five electoral wards, namely Prestatyn
Central, Prestatyn
East, Prestatyn
Meliden, Prestatyn North
Prestatyn North
and Prestatyn
South West.[8] For elections to Prestatyn
Town Council the town is divided into six wards (with Prestatyn North
Prestatyn North
county ward being subdivided into North and North West). Eighteen town councillors are elected.[9] Transport[edit] Prestatyn railway station
Prestatyn railway station
is on the North Wales
Coast Line which connects the town with Holyhead
to the west and Chester
to the east. Bus services are provided by Arriva Buses Wales. Notable people[edit]

See Category:People from Prestatyn

Notable people from the town include Harold Bird-Wilson, Neil Aspinall, Peggy Cummins, John Prescott, Mike Peters (The Alarm), Carol Vorderman, Karl Wallinger (of the band World Party), author Emyr Humphreys and the leading ornithologist Jonathan Elphick. Shrewsbury Town F.C. goalkeeper coach Danny Coyne
Danny Coyne
was born in Prestatyn. Annual events[edit] Flower Show[edit] Prestatyn
Flower Show is an annual event held in Prestatyn
town centre on the last Friday and Saturday of July. The flower show has traditionally been held within the grounds of Cerrig Llwydion, High Street, Prestatyn, which was formerly a vicarage. The event also includes a small display of classic cars and vintage motorcycles on the Saturday. Carnival[edit] Prestatyn
Carnival is an annual summer event in the town, and features field events, competitions and a procession. Each year, thousands take part in the festivities. The carnival celebrated its diamond jubilee in 2011. The traditional Carnival Parade takes place on the Saturday, and is followed by a Carnival Baby Competition later in the day. In 2008 the carnival became a two-day event, with the Sunday designated "Fun on the Field" day, with many events including a talent show and dance competition. In 2011 the event reverted to its original one–day format.[10] In 2008, Prestatyn
Carnival Association revived the Miss Prestatyn title. Cultural references[edit] Philip Larkin
Philip Larkin
wrote a poem entitled Sunny Prestatyn. In it he describes a poster advertising the resort that is progressively defaced by vulgar graffiti.[11] Roddy Frame
Roddy Frame
and Jeremy Stacey wrote most of Aztec Camera's 1995 album Frestonia during a three-week retreat at the Sands Hotel in Prestatyn. Frame later blamed the overcast and grim weather conditions there for the album's melancholy and gloomy tone.[12] The town also appears in The Royle Family
The Royle Family
2009 Christmas special "The Golden Egg Cup", in which the family visits Prestatyn
to celebrate Jim and Barb's fiftieth wedding anniversary. Sport[edit] Local football side Prestatyn
Town gained promotion to the Welsh Premiership football league having been crowned champions of the Cymru Alliance League 2007-08 season. As of 23 April 2008, planning permission for floodlights and seating had been granted[13] in order to meet the Welsh Premier grading requirements. The deadline for these upgrades was 1 May 2008[14] and, having passed these requirements, their promotion was ratified by the Welsh Premier League on 15 May.[15] Many qualification rounds in snooker were once held at Pontin's Holiday Camp here; this included all the major snooker tournaments, and the World Championship. The qualification rounds have since moved to the World Snooker
Academy in Sheffield. References[edit]

^ 2001 Census: Prestatyn, Office for National Statistics, retrieved 20 June 2008  ^ "Town population 2011". Retrieved 24 May 2015.  ^ Cheshire (places now in Wales): Prestatyn, The Domesday Book
Domesday Book
Online, retrieved 11 November 2008  ^ An Outline of Prestatyn, Virtual Prestatyn, retrieved 11 November 2008  ^ Wyn Owen, Hywel (1998), The Place-Names of Wales, ISBN 0-7083-1458-9  ^ Prestatyn
castle ^ Prestatyn
Castle at CastleUK.net ^ Gareth Joy (5 May 2017) Election 2017: Denbighshire
Council results, Point FM. Retrieved 30 March 2018. ^ Councillors and Wards, Prestatyn
Town Council website. Retrieved 30 March 2018. ^ Prestatyn
Carnival, Prestatyn
Carnival Association, retrieved 6 January 2016  ^ Poetry Connection ^ Frame, Roddy; Day, Roger, Love, Warner/Chappel Publishing, ISBN 0-86359-516-2  ^ Football club's floodlight plan given go ahead, Rhyl
Journal, 23 April 2008, archived from the original on 29 September 2008, retrieved 25 April 2008  ^ Prestatyn
Town FC are Cymru Alliance
Cymru Alliance
champions, Rhyl
& Prestatyn Visitor, 9 April 2008, retrieved 25 April 2008  ^ Prestatyn
Town FC: Latest News, 15 May 2008, retrieved 20 June 2008 

External links[edit] Media related to Prestatyn
at Wikimedia Commons

Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Prestatyn.

Official website

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Principal settlements

Corwen Denbigh Llangollen Prestatyn Rhuddlan Rhyl Ruthin St Asaph

Community councils

Aberwheeler Betws Gwerfil Goch Bodelwyddan Bodfari Bryneglwys Cefn Meiriadog Clocaenog Corwen Cwm Cyffylliog Cynwyd Denbigh Derwen Dyserth Efenechtyd Gwyddelwern Henllan Llanarmon-yn-Iâl Llanbedr Dyffryn Clwyd Llandegla Llandrillo Llandyrnog Llanelidan Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd Llanferres Llangollen Llangynhafal Llanrhaeadr-yng-Nghinmeirch Llantysilio Llanynys Nantglyn Prestatyn Rhuddlan Rhyl Ruthin St Asaph Trefnant Tremeirchion Waen


Aberwheeler Berwyn Betws Gwerfil Goch Bodelwyddan Bodfari Bontuchel Bryneglwys Carrog Castell Cefnmeriadog Cerrigydrudion Clocaenog Clawddnewydd Crogen Cwm Cyffylliog Cynwyd Derwen Druid Dyserth Efenechtyd Gellifor Gellioedd Glasfryn Glyndyfrdwy Gronant Gwaenysgor Gwyddelwern Henllan Hirwaen Llanarmon-yn-Iâl Llanbedr-Dyffryn-Clwyd Llandegla Llandrillo Llandyrnog Llanefydd Llanelidan Llanferres Llanfwrog Llangar Llangwyfan Llangynhafal Llanrhaeadr-yng-Nghinmeirch Llansanffraid Glyndyfrdwy Llantysilio Llanychan Llanynys Llwynmawr Loggerheads Maerdy Meliden Nantglyn Prion Pwllglas Pentrecelyn Rhewl Rhuallt Saron Tafarn Y Gelyn Trefnant Tremeirchion

Oldest inhabited location

Bontnewydd Palaeolithic site


Berwyn range Mynydd Hiraethog


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