Unlike many communications agencies who flock to Manchester, Cheshire or London, Rx Communications has chosen to base its headquarters in the ancient Welsh town of yr Wyddgrug, or Mold, (if you prefer English) name. We like our little town, and here’s one of the reasons why…
I never imagined that the quaint Welsh town of Mold in Flintshire had so many delights. On a recent business trip I stayed at the beautiful Beaufort Park Hotel and was introduced to St Mary’s Church, one of seven churches built and paid for by the mother of Tudor King Henry VII, Margaret Beaufort Countess of Richmond and Derby. Sadly I could find no connection to the Countess and my hotel, goodbye delusions of grandeur on my part.
The same day I was shown around it happened to be Market day in Mold, a really busy hub for locals set up in the main street. It was here I was told I must go to Loggerheads, a picturesque park nearby and, as is “de rigueur” when a town might have reason to claim to be associated with some phrase or another, my delighted tour guide claimed that “at loggerheads” originated in her home town. Alas, despite the early citations referring to “going to” loggerheads, this isn’t the case and along with two other small towns in the UK, in Staffordshire and Lancashire, Loggerheads in Mold was named after the term and not the other way around.
But not to be outdone, Mold can certainly lay claim to The Mold Cape. The cape is considered to be one of the most spectacular examples of prehistoric sheet-gold working yet discovered. It is of particular interest as both its form and its design are unparalleled. The Mold Cape found in 1833 by workmen within a Bronze Age burial mound in a field named Bryn yr Ellyllon, the Fairies’ or Goblins’ Hill. The 3,700-year-old Cape is thought to have formed part of a ceremonial dress, perhaps with religious connections.
The gold cape had been placed on the body of a person who was interred in a rough cist (stone-lined grave). The preserved remains of the skeleton were fragmentary, and the cape was badly crushed. An estimated 200–300 amber beads, in rows, were originally on the cape which is now housed at the British Museum in London. And so not to “be at loggerheads” with the Mold residents, they definitely hold the award for the greatest treasure.