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"A township in the parish and Union of Wrexham, hundred of Bromfield, county of Denbigh; containing, in 1841, 1217 inhabitants. ..... "
[ A Topographical Dictionary of Wales, 1833 & 1849, Samuel Lewis]

The new parish of Brymbo was formed by an Order in Council on 6 December 1844, out of the ancient parish of Wrexham. It contained the township of Brymbo and part of the township of Broughton.
On 5 March 1880, the western part of the parish went to the new parish of Bwlchgwyn; on 15 February 1909, part of the township of Broughton went to the new parish of Broughton; and on 7 May 1921, part went to the new parish of Southsea.

For a map link to this place - see Maps under Wrexham.


Church History

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.

Brymbo Township within Wrexham Parish, Statistics; Area 2451 acres; Population 932 males, 807 females, total 1739


The first church to be built was consecrated on 31 July 1838. Unfortunately, it began to collapse because of subsidence, and it was closed in 1869. The well-known local historian, Alfred Neobard Palmer, stated that the subsidence was caused by construction work on the nearby Great Western Railway; but other authorities blame it on extensive coal-mining operations. Services were temporarily transferred to the nearby school, but this also became unsafe - for the same reason.

The foundation stone of a new church, a little distance away, (Ordnance Survey reference SJ 295543) was laid on 15 August 1871; and the church was consecrated on 10 September 1872, the dedication being to St. Mary.

The Clwyd FHS website has a photograph of the church.

A second church, dedicated to St. John, was built in 1892 on the site of the original church, specifically for the use of the Welsh-speaking population. Not surprisingly, in view of the history of the site, this building became unsafe; and it was demolished during the 1970's.

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 Brymbo :

Name of Chapel Denomination Number of "adherents"
Lodge Baptists (English language) 185
Noddfa, Lodge Baptists 210
Tabernacle Baptists 520
Bethania Calvinistic Methodists 200
Engedi Calvinistic Methodists 350
Peniel, Bwlchgwyn Calvinistic Methodists 175
Salem, Bwlchgwyn Calvinistic Methodists 110
Cana, Tanyfron Congregationalists 130
Nebo, Bwlchgwyn Congregationalists 150
Not named Wesleyans (English language) 150
Bethesda, Bwlchgwyn Wesleyans 241
Mynydd Seion, Tanyfron Wesleyans 337
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Church Records

Parish Registers

Baptisms Marriages Burials
1838 - 1945 1839 - 1971 1838 - 1968

Bishop's Transcripts

Deposited at the National Library of Wales Microfilmed copies
1839 - 1855 1839 - 1855


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Civil Registration

Having been formed from townships of the parish of Wrexham, the parish of Brymbo was assigned to the Wrexham Registration District.

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

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

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Description and Travel

Brymbo - on wikipedia

Brymbo - Alan Owen's site

Brymbo Man - on Wrexham CBC site


Brymbo Steel Works site


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