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HOLYWELL. The Nuts & Bolts Of The Past.

12/09/19  HOLYWELL. Greenfield Park. Old Bolts

HOLYWELL. Greenfield Park, the site of the former copper & wire works. Old bolts wearing a patina of time and the elements.

I took a train and then I took a bus. The train was from my home to Chester and the bus was from Chester to Holywell, the plan to take a look at the Thursday market.

It’s a town I hadn’t been out to for quite a while so I felt it was time for a catch up. I remembered fragments of the place from my previous visit, bits of the streets, the Shrine of St. Winefride and also a bit of the history of the short, steep branch line which once connected Holywell with the outside world.

12/09/19  HOLYWELL. Station Site.

HOLYWELL. The site of the former town station which was at the head of a short, steeply graded branch line form the North Wales main line down by the coast at Holywell Junction.

The journey over wasn’t a long one, a couple of hours at the most, the train journey to Chester is one I make quite often and the bus services around North Wales are ones I’m beginning to explore bit by bit. Holywell is perched on the side of the Halkyn Hills, with views across the Dee Estuary towards the Wirral and is a market town, the market day is Thursday and there was a cluster of open stalls on the main street when I stepped of the bus. I headed down through the town found somewhere to have a bite to eat and then made my way to the site of the old railway station at the head of Greenfield Park. The park follows the route of the railway down through the valley to the coast with the ruins of Basingwerk Abbey at the bottom.

12/09/19  HOLYWELL. Greenfield Park.

HOLYWELL. Greenfield Park follows the trackbed of the former short, steeply graded branch line which connected the town with Holywell Junction on the North Wales main line. The passenger branch opened in 1912 on the route of an older industrial railway that dated back to the 1860’s. This had been built to serve the works and mills clustered along the valley, sadly the route closed for good in the mid 1950’s.

Though steep, the walk was an easy one, well shaded by trees, I was lucky with the weather on the day, the sun was out and the coolness under the trees was welcome. The peace and quite of the route is a stark contrast to what must have been a great clamour of noise and activity as ruin after ruin is passed. Mills, wire works, roofless workshops and engine sheds bleached their bricks in the heat while the metal skeletons of machinery lay silent on the ground.

12/09/19  HOLYWELL. Greenfield Park. Mill Lodge

HOLYWELL. Greenfield Park, mill lodge at the site of a former cotton mill.

12/09/19  HOLYWELL. Greenfield Park. Old Machinery

HOLYWELL. Greenfield Park, the site of the former copper & wire works. Old machinery lazes in the sun.

12/09/19  HOLYWELL. Greenfield Park. Machinery Driveshaft.

HOLYWELL. Greenfield Park, the site of the former copper & wire works. A drive shaft lies in the shadows of the mill walls with their bricked up, sightless windows.

12/09/19  HOLYWELL. Greenfield Park. old Mill.

HOLYWELL. Greenfield Park, the site of the former copper & wire works.

12/09/19  HOLYWELL. Greenfield Park. Flywheel & Engine Shed.

HOLYWELL. Greenfield Park, the site of the former copper & wire works.Tranquil shadows frame the engine house and old flywheel, while the water channels that once povided the power lead a more peaceful existence.

I reached the bottom of the hill and after a chocolate bar and coffee break I took a wander around the ruins of Basinwerk Abbey before retracing my steps back up the hill to the town.

Holywell Information

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Greenfield Valley Heritage Park

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Categories: Heritage, history, Nature, Photography, travel, Uncategorized, United Kingdom, Wales

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