Ancient Denbighshire Parishes

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The Ancient Parishes of Denbighshire

The following are the ancient parishes in the historic county of Denbighshire, which was formed in 1535 and abolished in 1974.

The historic county of Denbighshire bears little resemblance to the modern county of Denbighshire which was formed in 1996.

In the late 19th century and the early 20th century, as the population increased in many parishes, they were sub-divided into new parishes

Historic Denbighshire

Denbighshire (Welsh: Sir Ddinbych) was one of the thirteen historic counties of Wales. It was a maritime county, bounded to the north by the Irish Sea, to the east by Flintshire, Cheshire (England) and Shropshire (England), to the south by Montgomeryshire and Merionethshire, and to the west by Caernarfonshire.

The county was created following the Act of Union of 1535, between Wales and England, and was formed from the cantrefi (hundreds) of Rhos; Rhufoniog; Dyffryn Clwyd; Iâl; Nanheudwy; Cynllaith and the Maelor Gymraeg which were formerly in the Welsh kingdoms of Gwynedd and Powys Fadog.

The administrative county of Denbighshire, with an elected county council, was created in 1889 by the Local Government Act 1888. The county was governed by an elected county council, who took over the functions of the Quarter Sessions courts. The county town was Ruthin and other main towns were Wrexham and Denbigh.

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1974-1996 Clwyd

Under the Local Government Act 1972, the county and administrative county of Denbighshire were abolished, for both local government and ceremonial purposes, on April 1, 1974. Most of Denbighshire becoming part of the newly formed county of Clwyd covering the whole of north-east Wales. However, the urban district of Llanrwst and five rural parishes, became part of the newly formed county of Gwynedd. The county town was Mold.

The county of Clwyd was divided into six administrative districts:

  • Alyn and Deeside
  • Colwyn (formed entirely from parts of historic Denbighshire)
  • Delyn
  • Glyndŵr (which included parts of historic Denbighshire)
  • Rhuddlan
  • Wrexham Maelor (which included parts of historic Denbighshire)

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Modern Denbighshire

Following further reorganisation under the Local Government (Wales) Act 1994, the administrative county of Clwyd was abolished on 1 April 1996 and the present-day county of Denbighshire was created. This covers a substantially different area from the historic county of Denbighshire however. The county town is Ruthin.

The new county included:

  • the Rhuddlan district of Clwyd, and formerly in historic Flintshire
  • most of the Glyndŵr district of Clwyd, and formerly in historic Denbighshire
  • the communities of Trefnant and Cefn Meiriadog, which had been part of Colwyn district of Clwyd, and formerly in historic Denbighshire
  • the Edeirnion parishes of Betws Gwerfil Goch, Gwyddelwern, Llandrillo yn Edeirnion and Llansanffraid, which had been part of the Glyndŵr district of Clwyd, and formerly in historic Merionethshire

However:

  • the eastern part of historic Denbighshire, which had been part of Wrexham Maelor district of Clwyd, became part of the newly formed County Borough of Wrexham
  • the historic Denbighshire parishes in the Ceiriog Valley, which had been part of the Glyndŵr district of Clwyd, became part of the newly formed County Borough of Wrexham
  • the historic Denbighshire parishes of Llanrhaeadr ym Mochnant, Llansilin and Llangedwyn, which had been part of Glyndŵr district of Clwyd, were transferred to the county of Powys
  • the remaining historic Denbighshire parts of the Colwyn district of Clwyd became part of the newly formed County Borough of Conwy

 

A

Parish
Created circa
       Neighbouring Parishes

Abergele                                               

          1647          

Betws yn Rhos, Llanddulas, Llannefydd, Llanfair Talhaearn, Llysfaen, St. Asaph, St. George

 

B

Parish

Created circa

Neighbouring Parishes

Bangor is y Coed
(covered Flintshire & Denbighshire)

1675

Ellesmere, Erbistock, Holt, Marchwiel, Overton, Ruabon, Worthenbury, Wrexham

Betws Gwerful Goch
(covered Denbighshire & Merionethshire)

1661

Gwyddelwern, Llangwm, Llanfihangel Glyn Myfyr

Betws yn Rhos

1705

Abergele, Eglwysbach, Llanddulas, Llanfair Talhaearn, Llangernyw, Llansanffraid Glan Conwy, Llaneilian yn Rhos, Llysfaen

Bryneglwys

1687

Corwen, Llanarmon yn Iâl, Llandegla, Llanelidan, Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd, Llandysilio

 

C

Parish

Created circa

Neighbouring Parishes

Capel Garmon

1702

Llanrwst

Cerrigydrudion

1590

Cyffylliog, Clocaenog, Llanfor, Llanfihangel Glyn Myfyr, Llangwm, Pentrefoelas, Nantglyn, Llanrhaeadr yng Nghinmeirch, Ysbyty Ifan

Chirk

1611

Ellesmere, Llangollen, Ruabon, St. Martin's

Clocaenog

1672

Betws Gwerful Goch, Derwen, Efenechtyd, Llanfihangel Glyn Myfyr, Cyffylliog, Llanfwrog, Llanelidan

Cyffylliog

1636

Clocaenog, Cerrigydrudion, Llanfihangel Glyn Myfyr, Llanfwrog, Llanrhaeadr yng Nghinmeirch, Llanynys

 

D

Parish

Created circa

Neighbouring Parishes

Denbigh

1683

Bodfari, Henllan, Llanrhaeadr yng Nghinmeirch

Derwen

1632

Betws Gwerful Goch, Clocaenog, Gwyddelwern, Llanelidan

 

E

Parish

Created circa

Neighbouring Parishes

Efenechtyd

1693

Clocaenog, Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd, Llanelidan, Llanfwrog

Eglwysbach

1601

Betws yn Rhos, Caerhun, Dolgarrog, Llangernyw, Llansanffraid Glan Conwy

Erbistock
(covered Denbighshire & Flintshire)

1679

Bangor is y Coed, Ellesmere, Marchwiel, Overton, Ruabon, Wrexham

 

G

Parish

Created circa

Neighbouring Parishes

Gresford
(covered Denbighshire & Flintshire)

1660

Aldford, Dodleston, Farndon, Holt, Hope, Pulford, Wrexham

Gwytherin

1718

Llanfair Talhaearn, Llangernyw, Llanrwst, Pentrefoelas

 

H

Parish                                              

Created circa

Neighbouring Parishes

Henllan

1684

Bodfari, Denbigh, Llansannan, Llannefydd, Llanrhaeadr yng Nghinmeirch, Nantglyn, Pentrefoelas, St Asaph, Tremeirchion

Holt     

1662

Bangor is y Coed, Gresford, Farndon, Marchwiel, Shocklach, Worthenbury, Wrexham

 

Ll

Parish

Created circa

Neighbouring Parishes

Llanarmon
yn Iâl

(covered Denbighshire & Flintshire)

1676

Bryneglwys, Hope, Mold, Llanbedr Dyffryn Clwyd, Llandegla, Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd, Llanferres, Llanrhydd

Llanarmon
Dyffryn Ceiriog

1625

Llandrillo, Llangadwaladr, Llangar, Llanrhaeadr ym Mochnant, Llansanffraid Glyn Ceiriog, Llansilin

Llanarmon
Mynydd Mawr

1720

Llanrhaeadr ym Mochnant, Llansilin

Llanbedr
Dyffryn Clwyd

1650

Cilcain, Llanarmon yn Iâl, Llanferres, Llangynhafal, Llanrhydd, Llanychan, Ruthin

Llanddoged

1640

Eglwysbach, Llanrwst, Llanrhychwyn, Trefriw

Llanddulas

1754

Abergele, Betws yn Rhos, Llysfaen

Llandegla

1710

Bryneglwys, Llangollen, Hope, Llanarmon yn Iâl, Llandysilio, Mold, Wrexham

Llandysilio

1677

Bryneglwys, Corwen, Llandegla, Llangollen

Llandrillo
yn Rhos

1589

Eglwys Rhos, Llaneilian yn Rhos, Llangwstenin, Llansanffraid Glan Conwy, Llysfaen

Llandyrnog

1664

Bodfari, Nannerch, Llangwyfan, Llanynys, Llanrhaeadr yng Nghinmeirch, Ysceifog

Llaneilian
yn Rhos

1620

Betws yn Rhos, Llandrillo yn Rhos, Llansanffraid Glan Conwy, Llysfaen

Llanelidan

1686

Bryneglwys, Corwen, Clocaenog, Derwen, Efenechtyd, Gwyddelwern, Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd, Llanfwrog

Llanfair
Dyffryn Clwyd

1691

Bryneglwys, Efenechtyd, Llanarmon yn Iâl, Llanelidan, Llanfwrog, Llanrhydd

Llanfair
Talhaearn

1668

Abergele, Betws yn Rhos, Gwytherin, Llangernyw, Llannefydd, Llansannan, Pentrefoelas

Llanferres

1586

Cilcain, Llanarmon, Llanbedr Dyffryn Clwyd, Llangynhafal, Mold

Llanfihangel
Glyn Myfyr

1662

Betws Gwerful Goch, Cerrigydrudion, Clocaenog, Cyffylliog, Llandderfel, Llangwm

Llanfwrog

1638

Clocaenog, Cyffylliog, Efenechtyd, Llanelidan, Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd, Llanrhydd, Llanynys, Ruthin

Llangadwaladr

1736

Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog, Llansanffraid Glyn Ceiriog, Llansilin

Llangedwyn

1672

Llansanffraid ym Mechan, Llanfachairn, Llanrhaeadr ym Mochnant, Llansilin

Llangernyw

1570

Betws yn Rhos, Eglwysbach, Gwytherin, Llanfair Talhaearn, Llanrwst

Llangollen

1597

Chirk, Corwen, St. Martin's, Llandegla, Llansanffraid Glyn Ceiriog, Llansilin, Llandysilio, Selattyn, Ruabon, Wrexham

Llangwm

1738

Betws Gwerful Goch, Cerrigydrudion, Llandderfel, Llanfor, Llanfihangel Glyn Myfyr

Llangwyfan

1723

Cilcain, Llandyrnog, Llangynhafal, Llanrhaeadr yng Nghinmeirch, Llanynys, Nannerch, Ysceifiog

Llangynhafal

1704

Llanbedr Dyffryn Clwyd, Llanferres, Llangwyfan, Llanychan, Llanynys

Llannefydd

1721

Abergele, Henllan, Llanfair Talhaearn, Llansannan, St. Asaph, St. George

Llanrhaeadr
yng Nghinmeirch

1683

Bodfari, Cerrigydrudion, Cyffylliog, Denbigh, Llandyrnog, Llanynys, Nantglyn

Llanrhaeadr
ym Mochnant

(covered Denbighshire & Montgomeryshire)

1679

Hirnant, Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog, Llanarmon Mynydd Mawr, Llandrillo, Llanfihangel yn Ngsynfa, Llanfyllin, Llangedwyn, Llansilin, Llanwddyn, Pennant Melangell

Llanrhydd

1608

Llanarmon yn Iâl, Llanbedr Dyffryn Clwyd, Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd, Llanfwrog, Ruthin

Llanrwst
(covered Denbighshire & Caernarfonshire)

1613

Betws y Coed, Capel Garmon, Eglwysbach, Gwytherin, Llanddoged, Llangernyw, Penmachno, Pentrefoelas, Trefriw, Ysbyty Ifan

Llansannan

1666

Henllan, Llanfair Talhaearn, Llannefydd, Pentrefoelas

Llansanffraid
Glan Conwy

1660

Betws yn Rhos, Eglwysbach, Llandrillo yn Rhos, Llaneilian yn Rhos, Llanbedr y Cennin, Llangelynin, Llangwstenin, Gyffin

Llansanffraid
Glyn Ceiriog

1754

Corwen, Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog, Llangadwaladr, Llangollen, Llansilin, Llangar

Llansilin

1706

Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog, Llanarmon Mynydd Mawr, Llangadwaladr, Llangedwyn, Llangollen, Llanrhaeadr ym Mochnant, Llansanffraid Glyn Ceiriog, Llanyblodwel, Oswestry, Selattyn

Llanychan

1696

Llangynhafal, Llanbedr Dyffryn Clwyd, Llanynys, Ruthin

Llanynys

1626

Cyffylliog, Llandyrnog, Llanfwrog, Llangwyfan, Llangynhafal, Llanrhaeadr yng Nghinmeirch, Llanychan, Ruthin,

 

M

Parish

Created circa

Neighbouring Parishes

Marchwiel

1652

Bangor is y Coed, Erbistock, Gresford, Holt, Ruabon, Wrexham

Minera

1786

Wrexham

 

N

Parish

Created circa

Neighbouring Parishes

Nannerch
(covered Flintshire & Denbighshire)

1664

Cilcain, Llandyrnog, Llangwyfan, Ysceifiog,

Nantglyn

1719

Cerrigydrudion, Henllan, Llanrhaeadr yng Nghinmeirch, Pentrefoelas

 

P

Parish

Created circa

Neighbouring Parishes

Pentrefoelas

1772

Cerrigydrudion, Gwytherin, Henllan, Llanfair Talhaearn, Llanrwst, Llansannan, Nantglyn, Ysbyty Ifan

 

R

Parish

Created circa

Neighbouring Parishes

Ruabon

1559

Bangor is y Coed, Chirk, Erbistock, Ellesmere, Llangollen, Marchwiel, St. Martin's, Wrexham

Ruthin

1592

Llanbedr Dyffryn Clwyd, Llanfwrog, Llanrhydd, Llanychan, Llanynys

 

S

Parish

Created circa

Neighbouring Parishes

St. Asaph
(covered Flintshire & Denbighshire)

1613

Abergele, Henllan, Llannefydd, Rhuddlan, St. George, Tremeirchion

St. George

1694

Abergele, Llannefydd, St. Asaph

 

W

Parish

Created circa

Neighbouring Parishes

Wrexham

1618

Bangor is y Coed, Gresford, Holt, Hope, Llandegla, Marchwiel, Minera, Ruabon

 

Y

Parish

Created circa

Neighbouring Parishes

Ysbyty Ifan
(covered Denbighshire, Merionethshire & Caernarfonshire)

1732

Cerrigydrudion, Ffestiniog, Llanfor, Llanrwst, Llanycil, Maentwrog, Penmachno, Pentrefoelas, Trawsfynydd