Ffynnongroyw

SJ  

When one is trained to see beauty rendered in architecture, or perhaps in a view, or even in the simple antiquity of a work, its hard to find it in a calloused hand of a place.  In his, ‘Buildings of Wales: Clwyd’, Edward Hubbard describes Ffynnongroyw as, ‘an unlovely village at the extremity of industrial Deeside’.  If one looks at the place through Hubbard’s eyes, it’s hard to argue with him.  Is Ffynnongroyw pretty?  No, it isn’t.  But it wasn’t raised to be so.  Crudely etched from the landscape beside the mud and silt of the River Dee, it’s a village of graft.  The people of this village worked the Mostyn Docks or dug the coal of the Point of Ayr, six days a week, year round, attending chapel on the Sunday.  And there’s a rough hewn beauty in that, surely.  So, the beauty Hubbard sees is contained in those chapels, and in All Saint’s Church, the last by George Edmund Street and completed posthumously.

 

And before passing through without a pause, think on the name of this village.  Despite its industrial carapace, there is a past here beneath the obvious – if one knows where to look.

 

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