Northop is a village in the county of Flintshire in North East Wales. It sits midway between the town of Flint (on the Dee estuary) to the north, and the county town of Mold to the south. Being close to the border the village of Northop would have suffered a troubled past. Indeed the name itself is a cause of some dispute. Some saying it derives from North of Hope (a village south of Northop). Others suggest it is derived from North and Thorpe, the latter word meaning village or town in the Saxon language. The name Northop was in use after the surrender of Chester to Egbert of Wessex, circa AD 828, when Flintshire was brought under Saxon rule.
Moreover, to confuse matters further, Northop has another name, the Welsh name of Llaneurgain. Llaneurgain derives from St Eurgain (daughter of Maelgwn King of Gwynedd and niece of Asaph) who, in the 6th century, is reputed to have founded her Llan or church on the site of the village's most prominent landmark the Church of St Eurgain and St Peter.
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