Prestatyn /prɛˈstætɪn/ is a seaside resort, town and community in
Denbighshire, Wales. Historically a part of Flintshire, it is located
Irish Sea coast, to the east of Rhyl. At the 2001 Census,
Prestatyn had a population of 18,496,  that increased to 18,849 at
the 2011 census.
1.4 19th century to present
2 Facilities and attractions
5 Notable people
6 Annual events
6.1 Flower Show
7 Cultural references
10 External links
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.
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.
Prestatyn derives from the
Old English preosta ("priest") and
tun ("town"), and was recorded in the
Domesday Book as
Prestetone. 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. Although the
Domesday Book only extended to demesnes in
Prestatyn was included since it was at that time under
An earth mound, visible in fields to the east of the railway station,
beyond Nant Hall, marks the site of an early wooden
probably built by the Norman Robert de Banastre about 1157, which was
destroyed by the Welsh under
Owain Gwynedd in 1167. The Banastre
family then moved to
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
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 supermarket in 1965;
Prestatyn was also the home of the firm's business headquarters. The
Kwik Save store was renamed
Somerfield following a takeover in 2007,
and was finally demolished in 2008 when surrounding land was bought by
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
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 Path, although not
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 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.
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 North and
Prestatyn South West.
For elections to
Prestatyn Town Council the town is divided into six
Prestatyn North county ward being subdivided into North
and North West). Eighteen town councillors are elected.
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.
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
Karl Wallinger (of the band World Party), author Emyr
Humphreys and the leading ornithologist Jonathan Elphick. Shrewsbury
Town F.C. goalkeeper coach
Danny Coyne was born in Prestatyn.
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
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
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
Prestatyn Carnival Association revived the Miss Prestatyn
Philip Larkin wrote a poem entitled Sunny Prestatyn. In it he
describes a poster advertising the resort that is progressively
defaced by vulgar graffiti.
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.
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.
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 in order
to meet the Welsh Premier grading requirements. The deadline for these
upgrades was 1 May 2008 and, having passed these requirements,
their promotion was ratified by the Welsh Premier League on 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.
^ 2001 Census: Prestatyn, Office for National Statistics, retrieved 20
^ "Town population 2011". Retrieved 24 May 2015.
^ Cheshire (places now in Wales): Prestatyn, The
Domesday Book Online,
retrieved 11 November 2008
^ An Outline of Prestatyn, Virtual Prestatyn, retrieved 11 November
^ Wyn Owen, Hywel (1998), The Place-Names of Wales,
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
Prestatyn Carnival Association, retrieved 6
^ Poetry Connection
^ Frame, Roddy; Day, Roger, Love, Warner/Chappel Publishing,
^ 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 champions,
Rhyl & Prestatyn
Visitor, 9 April 2008, retrieved 25 April 2008
Prestatyn Town FC: Latest News, 15 May 2008, retrieved 20 June
Media related to
Prestatyn at Wikimedia Commons
Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Prestatyn.
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