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"A township in that part of the parish and union of St. Asaph which is in the hundred of Isdulas, county of Denbigh, 2 miles (S.) from St. Asaph, containing 586 inhabitants, of whom 257 are in Wigfair. This township is situated on the left bank of the river Elwy, and near that river is a beautiful and romantic dingle, in which is a fine spring, called Y Ffynnon Fair, discharging about 100 gallons of water per minute, and strongly impregnated with lime. It is enclosed in a richly-sculptured polygonal basin, which was formerly covered by a canopy supported by ornamental pillars, and was then much resorted to as a cold bath. Adjoining the well are the ruins of a cruciform chapel, in the decorated and later English styles, parts being overgrown with ivy. Prior to the Reformation, this was a chapel of ease to St. Asaph, and was served by one of the vicars to that church. ..... The river Elwy, the banks of which are finely wooded, is here crossed by a majestic bridge, called Pont-yr-Allt-Goch, of one arch, eighty-five feet in span."
[ A Topographical Dictionary of Wales, 1849, Samuel Lewis]

The new parish of Cefn was formed by an Order in Council on 7 February 1865. It comprised the two Denbighshire townships of Wigfair and Meiriadog, which had until then been in the parish of St. Asaph, Flintshire.


  • Owen, Meurig (ed).  Cofio'r Cefn - Cefn remembered    Cefn Meiriadog : Cefn Meiriadog Historical Society, 2007.

Church History

Ordnance Survey reference SJ 018716.
The church, which is dedicated to St. Mary, was consecrated by the Bishop of St. Asaph on 3 September 1864.

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 Cefn :

Name of Chapel Denomination Number of "adherents"
Tabernacl Calvinistic Methodists 165

Church Records

Parish Registers

  • The following Parish Registers have been deposited at the Denbighshire Record Office, Ruthin.
    They may be viewed on microfilm at the Denbighshire and Flintshire Record Offices, and at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth.
    These microfilms are not available elsewhere.
Baptisms Marriages Burials
1865 - 1980 1865 - 1971 None

Bishop's Transcripts

  • No Bishop's Transcripts have been deposited for St. Mary's, Cefn.


  • There are no official I.G.I. entries for St. Mary's, Cefn.

Civil Registration

Having been formed from townships of the parish of St. Asaph, the parish of Cefn was assigned to the No. 1 ("St. Asaph") sub-district of the St. Asaph Registration District.

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

  • Years 1837 - 1851: St. Asaph XXVII. nnn
  • Years 1851 - 1930: St. Asaph 11b. nnn

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

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Cefn which are provided by:

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Cefn has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


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

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SJ022722 (Lat/Lon: 53.237780, -3.466862), Cefn which are provided by:


  • In 1831- this was not a separate parish.
  • In 1901- the population was 480.
    [ Royal Commission on the Welsh Church - October 1907]


  • Archdeacon Thomas gives the area of the parish as 3268 acres.
    [ The History of the Diocese of St. Asaph , 1908-1913, Ven. D.R. Thomas]