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Using old photos to refind our past, German bombers over Buckley and Bronze Age Wrexham

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 11:29 UK time, Thursday, 14 January 2010

Flint, Henry George Bishop and daughter Jean, c1935

There's usually a couple of stories to be told when looking at old photos like this family photograph contributed by Michael Gregory. It shows his mother, Jean, when she was a young girl, as well as his grandfather, Henry George Bishop, in the 30s.

And to those of us who don't know the people pictured, just look at the detail in the background, a rich tapestry, don't you think? There's the castle on the Dee and the chimneys of Courtaulds' that disappeared from the skyline in 1980.

Michaels tells us that Henry was a manager at Courtaulds' Castle Works between 1935-37.

Meanwhile, local historian Vicky Perfect explains that Courtaulds converted the former Muspratt Chemical works to Castle Works, demolishing the old chemical works to build Castle Works in 1920.

Production started in 1922 but was closed by 1977. The chimneys were demolished in 1980.

-More about Courtaulds in Flint courtesy of Flint Local History group

Continuing the local history theme, we came across the website Buckley at War which has some rich detail showing how the Flintshire town was affected by World I and II.

It also has accounts of town's encounters with German bombers and their crew as well as aerial photos of the town from the cockpit of a Spitfire as well as the names of the town's fallen servicemen, with links to their records on the site of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

We've also been reading up on the latest work of a team of volunteers taking part in the Caer Alyn Archaeological and Heritage Project to understand more about the ancient history of the site around Llay.

One of the most signifacant recent finds is rock art said to date to the Bronze Age.

We hope to glean more info shortly and plan to add it to our history section.


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