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Welsh: Diserth
Dyserth Falls, Rhyl, Wales-LCCN2001703543.tif
Dyserth Falls in the late 19th century
Grid reference: SJ0559979082
Location: 53°18’-0"N, 3°25’0"W
Population: 2,566  (2001)
Post town: Rhyl
Postcode: LL18
Dialling code: 01745
Local Government
Council: Denbighshire

Dyserth is a village and parish in Flintshire some 3½ miles south-east of Rhyl. Its main features are the extensive quarrying remains, its waterfalls, railway line (former London and North Western Railway, closed in 1930, and now footpath), and mountain (Moel Hiraddug).


It has a long history and is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 as follows, it being at the time listed under Cheshire:[1]

Ad hoc manerium ROELENT jacent hae berewiches, DISSAREN BODUGAN CHILVEN et MAENEVAL. In his est terra i carrucata tantum et silva i leuva longa et dimidia lata. Ibi est francigena et ii villani habent i caracutas.

To this manor of Rhuddlan belong these berewicks, DYSERTH BODEGAN (1.5 m ENE of St Asaph) CHILVAN (?) and MAENEFA (?). In these the land is 1 carucate only, and there is a wood 1 league long and a half wide. One foreign woman and 2 villeins have 1 carucate there.

Dyserth also had a castle, which suffered at the hands of Llywelyn ap Gruffudd; destroyed after a six-week siege in 1263. The remains of the castle were quarried away during World War I.

The oldest industry in the village and surrounding area is mining, with lead, copper and limestone just some of the minerals being mined locally in the past. These quarries are still visible and form a major part of the village's geography, though mining ceased when Dyserth Quarry closed in 1981.

A recent drive to reawaken a feeling of village pride has had some success, due in part to the heavy promotion of Dyserth people, and village-based events and organisations. In addition, the excellent work of some village folk in securing the sprucing up of parts of the village, notably the High Street, parks and entrances to Dyserth has been welcome. The village has a large number of active community and environmental organisations some with a long history (for example the Dyserth & District Field Club founded in 1911).

It has also recently received a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Lottery Fund to refurbish the community hall which has proven a great success in the rejuvenation of the village.


  1. http://www.domesdaybook.co.uk/cheshire3.html

Outside links

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about Dyserth)