PRESTATYN /prɛˈstætɪn/ is a seaside resort , town and community
Wales . Historically a part of Flintshire , it is
located on the
Irish Sea coast, to the east of
Rhyl . At the 2001
Prestatyn had a population of 18,496, that increased to
18,849 at the 2011 census.
* 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
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
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
Domesday Book only extended to demesnes in England,
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 in 1167. The Banastre
family then moved to
Bank Hall in
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
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 on 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
On the Buses .
The town was in the Delyn parliamentary constituency from 1983 to
1997, since when it has been in Vale of
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
See Category:People from
Notable people from the town include
Harold Bird-Wilson , Neil
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.
Shrewsbury Town F.C. goalkeeper coach
Danny Coyne was born in
Prestatyn Flower Show is an annual event held in
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 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
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
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 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