With some research dating the earliest church in Llandegla to around 1277, the area is much woven into the history of North Wales being known for its cattle markets, as a stop-over point for drovers on their way further afield and as a trading centre. The village of Llandegla was once much smaller than the one we see today and was very separate from the area know as Pen Y Stryt. With property near the church and in its immediate surroundings being anything up to 250 years old this was clearly the main centre of the village with its mill, pub, school and smithy. The Hand Inn, now Hand House, was once one of up to sixteen pubs in the village which were catering for the needs of the drovers. Cattle were bought and sold at a market near to the Crown Hotel and the drovers would use the Dolydd field to over night their beasts. Much of the oldest existing parts of the village were once in the ownership of Bodidris Estate and cottages were usually occupied by estate workers.
As a result of property development in recent years, Llandegla and Pen Y Stryt are now as one and the whole area is known under the Llandegla name, though Pen Y Stryt as a name is still widely used by locals.
With a new school opened in 2013, a community run shop, visiting Post Office and numerous businesses Llandegla is a village still thriving as it was in the days of the drovers. Many visitors arrive in the village on their way between Prestatyn in the north a Chepstow in the south whilst walking the Offa's Dyke long distance trail. Others come to use their mountain bikes at the nearby Mountain Visitor Centre or to visit the excellent shooting and fishing facilities in the area.
Whatever it is that brings you to Llandegla we welcome you. Croeso!