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"A parish in the hundred of Ruthin, county of Denbigh; 3 miles (SW) from Ruthin. ..... This parish is situated in a mountainous district, and the village is almost surrounded by unproductive and widely extended heaths: in the vicinity are some excellent quarries of stone, among which is that peculiar kind used for hones."
[ A Topographical Dictionary of Wales, 1833 & 1849, Samuel Lewis]

The ancient parish of Clocaenog comprised the townships of Bryngwri, Llanerchgron, Maen-ar-ei-gilydd, Maestyddyn, Clocaenog Ucha, and Clocaenog Isa.



Church History

See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph of Bethesda, Wesleyan, Clocaenog

Ordnance Survey reference SJ 082543.
The church, which is dedicated to St. Foddhyd, was mentioned in the Norwich Taxation of 1254. It was renovated in 1856, and again in 1882.

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 Clocaenog :

Name of Chapel Denomination Number of "adherents"
Cades Calvinistic Methodists 67
Bethesda Wesleyans 40
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Church Records

Parish Registers

Baptisms Marriages Burials
1672 - 1961 1676 - 1965 1672 - 1933
Baptisms Marriages Burials
1672 - 1812 1676 - 1812 1672 - 1812

Bishop's Transcripts

Deposited at the National Library of Wales Microfilmed copies
1676 - 1863 1813 - 1863


Baptisms Marriages
1813 - 1863 1813 - 1836
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Civil Registration

When Civil Registration was introduced (on 1 July 1837), the parish of Clocaenog was assigned to the No. 4 ("Gyffylliog") sub-district of the Ruthin Registration District; which was co-extensive with the Ruthin poor law Union.

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

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

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Description and Travel

Clocaenog Forest - on wikipedia

Clocaenog Forest - on hiraethog


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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