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Hawarden named one of the best places to live in Wales

HAWARDEN has been named one of the best places to live in Wales.

The historic village has made the top 10 in The Sunday Times Best Places to Live list – and according to councillors it’s fully justified.

County councillor Clive Carver, of Overlea Drive, said: “Hawarden has a lot to shout about and certainly a lot to be proud of.”

Cllr Carver said Gladstone’s Library – which was founded in the late 1800s and is Grade I listed – is a particular ‘jewel in the crown’.

He added: “There aren’t many shops but we still have a bank and a post office, which a lot of small villages don’t have.

“We also have some wonderful restaurants, an award-winning farm shop, excellent transport links and a high school with an extremely good reputation.”

Community councillor Helen Brown, a mum of three, has lived in Hawarden for 12 years and said it’s ‘a lovely place to live’.

Cllr Brown, of Wirral View, went to Hawarden Infants, Rector Drew Primary and Hawarden High.

“The schools are one of the reasons why it’s such a sought-after place – it’s a great catchment area,” she said.

Among the secondary school’s former pupils are former Liverpool and Manchester United striker Michael Owen and the late Wales manager Gary Speed.

Cllr Carver said Hawarden Institute on Glynne Way was another important community building.

“It was built in the 1800s and it’s survived to this day, in effect as a village hall, and it’s busy most nights of the week,” he said.

“The Flintshire Record Office is also here in Hawarden and we have a beautiful 16th century church.”

The Sunday Times guide takes a wide range of criteria into account, including schools, road and rail links, natural beauty, crime rates, property prices, culture and unemployment figures.

Each area is also assessed on its own individual assets, such as festivals and architecture.