Talacre

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Talacre
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The beach at Talacre
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Talacre
Location within Flintshire
Population347 
OS grid reference SJ122846
Principal area
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town HOLYWELL
Postcode district CH8
Dialling code 01745
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Flintshire
53°21′04″N3°19′09″W / 53.35117°N 3.31911°W / 53.35117; -3.31911 Coordinates: 53°21′04″N3°19′09″W / 53.35117°N 3.31911°W / 53.35117; -3.31911

Talacre is a village in Flintshire on the north coast of Wales in the community of Llanasa and the electoral ward of Ffynnongroyw, and is the northernmost mainland settlement in Wales. The village itself has a population of 347 as of the 2011 census. [1] It is a very anglicised village with only 98 residents born in Wales as of the 2011 census.

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It is near Point of Ayr on the west side of the River Dee estuary and has a sandy beach with dunes and large holiday caravan parks adjacent. The hills of the Clwydian Range behind the village form the eastern boundary of the Vale of Clwyd. The name Talacre is a combination of the Welsh words tal [tal] "end" and acrau [ˈakraɨ̯] "acres", which in the dialect of north-east Wales is pronounced acre [ˈakrɛ] . This has led to the local English pronunciation /təˈlækrə/ . Some sources claim the English version is properly pronounced /tæˈlækr,-ri/ . [2] [3]

A view of Talacre lighthouse Talacre-lighthouse.jpg
A view of Talacre lighthouse

The village is probably most popular for the lighthouse on the nearby beach, the Talacre Beach Resort a short walk away from the Presthaven Sands holiday park and its multiple arcades. The lighthouse has been noted for numerous ghostly sightings, people claiming to see a figure wearing old fashioned lighthouse keeper clothes and standing in front of the glass dome of the abandoned lighthouse. [4] The lighthouse was featured in popular British television drama Skins , in the episode "Skins Pure".

Talacre was used by the armed forces during the Second World War as an aircraft firing range. Fighters flew over the remote village every day, shooting at wooden targets in the dunes and at drogues towed by aircraft. It was also used for testing new devices such as 'window,' the anti-radar foil that, on occasion, covered the whole village with silver.

Talacre Abbey (Westbury Castle)

Talacre Hall, 1820s; Gauci, P., lithographer N.W. view of Talacre, Flintshire. The seat of Sir E. Mostyn, Bart.jpeg
Talacre Hall, 1820s; Gauci, P., lithographer

The Talacre estate (Talacre Abbey) and Talacre Hall, built in 1829, were the home of the Mostyn baronets of Talacre. The Carmelite Margaret Mostyn grew up on the estate in the early 1600s. In 1919 the Mostyn family sold the estate by auction and in 1921 it was occupied by a community of Benedictine nuns, who moved out in 1988. [6] The main hall, a grade II* listed building, now functions as a private house again, but was renamed Westbury Castle.

Railways

The village was served by Talacre railway station on the North Wales Coast Line until it was closed in 1966.

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References

  1. UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Talacre population (1119885443)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics . Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  2. Wells, J C (2016). Sounds Fascinating: Further Observations on English Phonetics and Phonology. Cambridge University Press. p. 51. ISBN   978-1-107-15779-8.
  3. "Historic Statement - Talacre Hall" (PDF). www.flintshire.gov.uk. Flintshire County Council. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  4. "Permanent 'ghost' for lighthouse". BBC News. 5 August 2009. Retrieved 5 August 2009.
  5. "Mostyn of Talacre manuscripts". Flintshire Record Office. A noble castellated stone built mansion, containing 40 rooms, with a handsome private chapel
  6. "English Benedictine Congregation". Archived from the original on 3 July 2010. Retrieved 20 July 2013.