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about Peter Metcalfe

Peter Metcalfe was born in the Holway Estate, near Holywell, in 1956 and attended the Carmel County Primary and Holywell High schools. He moved to Flint in 1969 and, in 1972, began a four-year apprenticeship as a plumber/lead burner at Courtaulds Greenfield factory near Holywell. In 1979, a work colleague introduced Peter to the fascinating hobby of genealogy.

Since then he has traced his family tree back hundreds of years, spending hundreds of hours at the Flintshire Record Office, Hawarden, and visiting record offices throughout the country. He has researched family trees for many other people, too, over the past 20 years or so.

He has been a member of the Clwyd Family History Society (CFHS) since its inception in 1980, and has written a number of articles for the Society’s quarterly magazine, ‘Hel Achau’. As a volunteer for the CFHS Parish Register project, he helped to transcribe, ready for publication, some of the baptism, marriage and burial registers in the counties of Flintshire and Denbighshire, up to 1812. In addition, Peter has recorded the Monumental Inscriptions for the Old London Road Cemetery and the burial register for the Northop Road Cemetery, which have also been published by the CFHS.

His personal research has produced transcriptions of the Holywell Workhouse births and deaths register, the 1912, 1918 and 1938 electoral registers for Flint, and the Flint 1901 census. Further transcriptions include the complete Flint Parish Church registers of baptisms, marriages and burials (1813–1999), and Peter has details on every Flint man who fought in the Great War, as this book attests.

His interest in the history of Flint and its people was kindled in the 1980s, and he has since collected hundreds of photos and documents relating to the town. He is a founder member, and an archivist, of the Flint Local History Society. He is also a volunteer for the Flintshire War Memorial Project and the War Graves Photographic Project.

It is because of this ‘addiction’, as he likes to call it, that we have this book today.

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