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LEAD..The most authentic records of the lead refining industry In Bagillt are probably those relating to the Gadlys Works,
But there is every reason to suppose that lead refining was practiced long before the erection of this famous works.

COAL...At different times throughout the 19th century, there were at least 11 known coal pits in Bagillt.
Bettisfield being the most dominant.

DOCKS on the River Dee..It is more than likely that small
Fishing boats had been using the Bagillt mark or gully for centuries. It was not really until the coming of industry
In the 18th century that Bagillt developed as a small port
With several busy quays.

RAILWAY.. The railway age dawned in Bagillt on May
The 1st, 1848,
When the Chester and Holyhead railway opened to traffic
The local industries of lead smelting, coal mining, iron founding, which had relied on the wharves and the jetties along the river Dee as there sole means of transport..

PLACES OF WORSHIP.. In a church census in 1851,
The following where listed, Bethania, Wesleyan Methodist, built 1801; Bethel, Baptist, built 1818;
Ebenezer, Wesleyan Methodist, built 1915;
Smyrna, Independent, built 1801; Tabernacle, Calvanistic
Methodist, built 1841. St Mary,s Parish Church. 1844..

SCHOOLS.. Bagillt had two principal schools in 1846
The National or Church School and the British School
Run by the nonconformists.

ROPE making.. The rope walk, at the beginning
of the 19th Century, was considered the longest in Britain



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