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.
Bersham Township within Wrexham Parish, Statistics; Area 1901 acres; Population 1115 males, 1102 females, total 2217
- Wesley Chapel, Wesleyan Methodists Erected 1840 Attendance - morning 45 + 69 scholars, afternoon 63 scholars, evening 92 + 39 scholars Samuel Thomas Bough, Steward, Penyddole Cottages, Bersham
Ordnance Survey reference SJ 317509.
"The chapel, known by the local name of "Capel Madam", is situated on the south-western extremity of the township of Broughton. Attached to it is a school for the instruction, clothing and maintenance of ten poor female children, founded in 1762, by Anne, the Hon. Dowager Viscountess Primerose."
[ A Topographical Dictionary of Wales, 1833 & 1849, Samuel Lewis]
The church was built in 1742 by Mrs Mary Drelincourt, in connection with a charity school for 24 girls. It was consecrated on 13 September 1759, enlarged in 1828, and restored in 1862. There were further modifications in 1930.
It does not have a dedication, and is simply known as "The Parish Church, Berse".
The Clwyd FHS website has a photograph of the church.
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 Bersham :
|Name of Chapel ||Denomination ||Number of "adherents" |
|Bethesda ||Baptists ||98 |
|Tabernacle, Coedpoeth ||Baptists ||Not stated |
|Adwy ||Calvinistic Methodists ||450 |
|Bethel, Smelt ||Calvinistic Methodists ||252 |
|Coedpoeth ||Calvinistic Methodists (English language) ||140 |
|Nant yr Adwy ||Calvinistic Methodists ||200 |
|Southsea or Glan'rafon ||Calvinistic Methodists ||186 |
|Southsea ||Calvinistic Methodists (English language) ||175 |
|Bethlehem, Penygelli ||Congregationalists (English language) ||84 |
|Salem, Coedpoeth ||Congregationalists ||283 |
|Saron, Nant ||Congregationalists ||150 |
|Seion, Talwrn ||Congregationalists ||235 |
|Bathafarn, Talwrn ||Wesleyans ||200 |
|Not named ||Wesleyans (English language) ||65 |
|Horeb, Nant ||Wesleyans ||170 |
|Offa, Adwy ||Wesleyans (English language) ||106 |
|Rehoboth, Coedpoeth ||Wesleyans ||554 |
|Salem, Southsea ||Wesleyans ||221 |
|Not named, Coedpoeth ||Primitive Methodists (English language) ||100 |