Holywell, located in Flintshire, is named for St. Winefride's Well, which is a holy well that is surrounded by a chapel. The well is believed to date back to at least Roman times. Since 660, it has been a pilgrimage site. The well is considered to be one of the Seven Wonders of Wales. The town itself is frequently referred to as The Lourdes of Wales. Since the 18th Century the town has become quite prosperous as a result of cotton milling and lead mining. There are ample accommodation options in Holywell as well as in the local area, along with a variety of eating establishments.
The town of Holywell is located within the county of Flintshire and it is the fifth biggest town within the county. The town is located on the banks of the River Dee. The town of Holywell is made up of three wards, which form part of the county council of Flintshire. The three wards are known as Holywell Central, Holywell East and also Holywell West. The population of the combined wards is five thousand nine hundred and seventy four.
The town of Holywell is made up of four different distinctive areas that are known as the town centre, the Strand, the Holway and also the Pen-y-Maes. The area of Pen-y-Maes is the wealthiest area within the town of Holywell and this area is located on the northern side of the town.
Over the years there have been a lot of famous people associated with the town of Holywell, which includes Ron Davis who is famous for being a footballer with both Southampton and Wales. Ron Davis was born within the town of Holywell in 1942. The Everton football legend Dixie Dean was involved in a near fatal motorbike accident in the town back in the late part of the 1920's. During 1947 the actor Jonathon Pryce was born in the town at the cottage hospital that was once within the town.
The town centre of Holywell is home to a vast array of shops. Some of the shops within the town centre are small stores such as Bits Stationery but there is also a lot of national stores such as Iceland, Lidl and also Somerfield to name a few.