Flintshire ( _cy. Sir y Fflint) is a principal area and county in north-east
Wales. It borders Cheshire, Denbighshireand Wrexham. It is named for the historic county of Flintshire, which had notably different borders.
The principal area is governed by the
Flintshire County Council.
The current administrative area of Flintshire (a
unitary authority) came into existence in 1996, when the former administrative countyof Clwydwas split into three smaller areas. The principal area was formed by the merger of the Alyn and Deesideand Delyndistricts. In terms of pre-1974 divisions, the area comprises
*the former borough of Flint
*the urban districts of
Buckley, Connah's Quay, Holywell, Mold
*the rural district of
Holywell Rural District
Hawarden Rural Districtexcept the parish of Marford and Hosley
The district of Rhuddlan, which was also formed entirely from the administrative county of Flintshire was included in the new
Denbighshireinstead. Other parts of the pre-1974 administrative Flintshire to be excluded from the principal area are the Maelor Rural Districtand the parish of Marford and Hoseley, which became part of the Wrexham Maelordistrict in 1974 and are now part of the Wrexham county borough.
Top performing secondary schools in Flintshire, (5 GCSEs, grades A-C, according to the latest inspection report by Estyn) :
Castell Alun High School, Hope
Argoed High School, Mold
Alun School, Mold
Hawarden High School, Hawarden
John Summers High School, Queensferry
Connah's Quay High School, Connah's Quay
Elfed High School, Buckley
Holywell High School, Holywell
9) 42% St. David's High School,
Flint High School, Flint
Ysgol Maes Garmon, Mold (Welsh)
Parts of Flintshire have major manufacturing industries. Amongst these are a
Toyotaplant that manufactures engines, a Corus Group steelworksand ShottonPaper, but most importantly Airbus, making the wings for the A330and the A380at Broughton.
There are daily flights of the
Airbus Belugatransport aircraft of Airbuswings from Broughtonfor the smaller aircraft. The wings for the A380, which are too large to be transported by air use a multi-modal transport using Flintshire's roads, the River Deeand the port of Mostyn, also in Flintshire. The motto of Airbus in Flintshire is: "Without us, it's just a bus"; meaning that the parts that make Airbus aircraft fly, rather than just run along the ground, are made in Flintshire.
Flintshire is also quite famous for its internet companies, the largest and most well known being moneysupermarket.com based in
Ewloeand Fireplacemegastore.com based in Deesideboth of whom started in and continue to support a large amount of flintshire's employment.
November 19, 2004, Flintshire was granted Fairtrade Countystatus.
Flintshire Local Education Authoritymanages 75 primary schools, 3 special schools and 12 high schools.
* [http://www.cpat.org.uk/ Flintshire archaeological information]
* [http://www.theoriginalrecord.com] Chester Recognizance Rolls calendar surname-indexed with scans
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