Ship Hotel, Flint

Ship Hotel, Flint

The Ship Hotel occupied a prime position in Flint during the town’s industrial heyday. It faced onto the market square and was close to the railway station, the main hub for freight and passenger movement. Before Flint’s industrialisation, there were thatched cottages in this area of the town.

In June 1900 the Ship Hotel’s landlord, Thomas Parry, and his wife were informed that their son Bert had died in Johannesburg, aged 20. Bert had previously worked as a clerk for solicitors Hughes & Hughes and was a member of the local Conservative Club, Oddfellows lodge and Flint Volunteer Corps.

After volunteering for service in the South African War, Bert took part in seven or eight engagements with the enemy before he died of enteric fever, an intestinal illness which affected many British soldiers in that war. Four other men from Flint also died and are commemorated on a war memorial in Chapel Street (where Bert is listed as Private MH Parry).

Thomas Parry was a staunch teetotaller – unusually for a publican – and a town councillor for 18 years. He died, aged 56, in June 1901 and his wife three months later.

The next proprietor of the Ship Hotel was Thomas Henry Denny. After his death in 1907, aged 36, his widow ran the hotel. Before the First World War the hotel was also the address of JA Denny, a marine store dealer and metal merchant who advertised for “all kinds of casks” and “dead and worn-out horses and cattle”.

Postcode: CH6 5NW    View Location Map