Troughs are practical things, in truth. They were built simply to provide water to livestock, and as Afonwen was on an important thoroughfare for drovers and farmers, it is no real surprise to find a trough in the little village. But what a trough. Dated 1882 and looking almost Egyptian in shape (I defy you not to think of the Sphinx, on first glance), it would seem to display a level of creativity in the architect that one wishes was more prevalent in our modern day. It doubles as a mile stone, a brazenly flourished digit declaring Caerwys a mile up the road and Holywell further still. A pleasure to find.