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The Old Rectory is an 18th century, Grade II listed building, set within its own grounds.

It houses Flintshire Record Office, which seeks to preserve the county's unique archival heritage by collecting, listing and storing historic records of all kinds and making them available to the public.

It was formerly home of the Rectors of Hawarden, one of the richest livings in Wales; and later used as a Test School for ordinands (those training to be priests) and a home for evacuees during the Second World War.

The event will include an exhibition about interesting historic buildings in Hawarden (including the Old Rectory); a tour of the Old Rectory (behind the scenes, not usually open to the public) including the Strong-rooms where the historic archives are kept; and a visit to the Conservation Studio for a demonstration/explanation of conservation and preservation techniques by the Conservator.

Booking required for the Behind the Scenes Tours and Conservation Studio:

10.00am - First Tour - 15 places max

11.45pm - Second Tour - 15 places max

Contact on :01244 532364

Address - Flintshire Record Office, The Old Rectory, Rectory Lane, Hawarden, CH5 3NR.

Directions - If travelling by train, from Liverpool Lime Street you can travel to Bidston on the Wirral, and from there catch a connection directly to Hawarden station which is on the Bidston-Wrexham line. There is a direct train from Wrexham to Hawarden every hour.

At Hawarden station, come out of the station car park and turn right when you reach the main road. After five minutes walk you arrive at the village centre. At the pedestrian crossing, cross the road and continue to the right until you reach the Post Office. Turn left down Rectory Lane (at the side of the Post Office) and through the open gates at the end. The Old Rectory is in front of you and the event is at the far end of the building.

From Chester Railway Station, there are regular buses to Hawarden (every half hour). Alight opposite the Glynne Arms public house, and cross the road to walk down Rectory Lane (as above).

Unfortunately the tours are not suitable for disabled access as there are steep stairs (listed building).

The entrance foyer, exhibition room and public toilets are situated on the ground floor and are accessible for disabled users.

Customers who are unable to walk long distances may park in the staff car parking area just past the main entrance.