Flint is a modern town with a remarkable past. It was the first of the new castle towns to be created by King Edward I in the late thirteenth century, and the outlines of the planned town that accompanied the castle can still be clearly traced in the modern streetscape. Flint was a small town transformed by industrialisation, which first supported rebuilding and growth within the limits of the medieval town, then steady expansion outside it. Although many of the town’s older buildings were lost in twentieth-century redevelopment, the main streets still contain good examples of building from the early 1800s to the mid-twentieth century, and the suburbs often retain the distinctive character of their period.
The town has a long and dynamic history, and different episodes are clearly displayed in the distinctive character of the town. This study was prepared to support a Townscape Heritage Initiative focussed on the town centre, but it provides an introduction to the character of the town as a whole, as a baseline for other planning and regeneration activity.