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Abergele

"A market town and parish in the Union of St. Asaph, hundred of Isdulas, county of Denbigh; 12 miles (NW) from Denbigh, 20 miles (NW) from Ruthin, and 209 miles (NW) from London. ..... The town is delightfully situated in a pleasant valley, watered by the river Gele, and within half a mile of the Irish Sea, which forms the northern boundary of the parish. The coast, in some parts, is terminated by sandy cliffs, impending over the sea, which, according to tradition, has made considerable encroachment upon the land. ..... The environs abound with picturesque and strikingly bold scenery, and afford various pleasing and interesting excursions."   [ A Topographical Dictionary of Wales, 1833 & 1849, Samuel Lewis]

The ancient parish of Abergele was extensive, covering approximately 9000 acres. It comprised the townships of Abergele, (or Tre'r Dre), Towyn Uchaf, Towyn Isaf, Bodoryn, Bodtegwal, Hendregyda, Dolganed, Serior, Brynffanigl, Nant Dinhengroen, Garthgogo, Gwrych, and Penrhyn Dulas.

 

Bibliography

Church History

See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph of St Michael's Abergele

Church and chapel data from The Religious census of 1851 : A Calendar of the returns relating to Wales, Vol 11, North Wales. Ed. by Ieuan Gwynedd Jones, UWP,   1981. The names given towards the end of each entry are those of the informants.

Abergele Parish; Statistics; Area (with St Georges) 4053 acres; Population 1397 males, 1458 females, total 2855

Ordnance Survey reference SH 945776.
The church, dedicated to St. Michael, was extensively restored in 1878, at a cost of 3000.

The Clwyd FHS website has a photograph of the church.

The Parish of Abergele site

Nonconformist Churches "Welsh Church Commission - County of Denbigh - The Statistics of the Nonconformist Churches for 1905"lists the following nonconformist places of worship in the Civilparish of "Abergele Urban" :

Name of Chapel Denomination Number of "adherents"
Not Named Baptists 160
Mynydd Seion and Pensarn
(worked jointly)
Calvinistic Methodists 500
Pensarn Calvinistic Methodists (English language) 130
Christ Church Congregationalists 178
St. Paul's Wesleyans 410

Welsh Church Commission - County of Denbigh - The Statistics of the Nonconformist Churches for 1905" lists the following nonconformist places of worship in the Civil parish of "Abergele Rural" :

Name of Chapel Denomination Number of "adherents"
Morfa Calvinistic Methodists 62
Towyn Calvinistic Methodists 160
Bodoryn Congregationalists 48
Moelfre Congregationalists 90
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Church Records

Parish Registers

Baptisms Marriages Burials
1647 - 1889 1659 - 1928 1647 - 1904
Baptisms Marriages Burials
1647 - 1812 1659 - 1812 1647 - 1812

Bishop's Transcripts

Deposited at the National Library of Wales Microfilmed copies
1665 - 1851 1783 - 1851

I.G.I.

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Civil Registration

When Civil Registration was introduced (on 1 July 1837), the parish of Abergele was assigned to the No. 2 ("Abergele") sub-district of the St. Asaph Registration District, which was co-extensive with the St. Asaph poor law Union.

In the GRO indexes to civil registration, entries for Abergele are in the format :

(GRO index references have no relevance at the local Superintendent Registrar's Office)

Description and Travel

Abergele - on wikipedia

Abergele Town Council site

Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust site

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Maps

View maps covering the area of this parish and places within its boundaries

On Clwyd FHS's site there is a diagram showing parish names/positions with links to pages for the parish church

Kain, R.J.P., Oliver, R.R., Historic Parishes of England and Wales: an Electronic Map of Boundaries before 1850 with a Gazetteer and Metadata [computer file]. Colchester, Essex: History Data Service, UK Data Archive [distributor], 17 May 2001. SN: 4348.   Here is a gazetteer/finding aid plus a set of overview maps to accurately identify the position of parishes within the county

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Population

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Statistics

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