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Denbigh / Dinbych

"A borough, market town, and parish, having exclusive jurisdiction, in the Union of St. Asaph, locally in the hundred of Isaled, county of Denbigh (of which it is the ancient shire town); 218 miles (NW) from London, on the road from Ruthin to St. Asaph, containing 3786 inhabitants. ..... The town is picturesquely situated in the centre of the rich and beautiful Vale of Clwyd, partly at the base, and partly at the aclivity, of a steep, isolated, rocky eminence, the summit of which is crowned by the venerable remains of the castle. ..... The environs abound with beautiful and richly varied scenery; the air is remarkably salubrious; the land in the vicinity is rich and in a high state of cultivation; and in the immediate neighbourhood are numerous splendid seats and elegant villas, inhabitated by opulent families, whom the advantages of its situation have induced to select Denbigh for their residence. "
[ A Topographical Dictionary of Wales, 1833 & 1849, Samuel Lewis]



Church History

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 Civiladministrative district of Denbigh Borough :

Name of Chapel Denomination Number of "adherents"
Not named Baptists 150
Brookhouse Calvinistic Methodists 98
Capel Mawr Calvinistic Methodists 850
Fron Calvinistic Methodists 235
Glyn Calvinistic Methodists 100
Henllan Calvinistic Methodists 320
Seion, Henllan Street Calvinistic Methodists 225
Vale Street Calvinistic Methodists (English language) 220
Green Congregationalists 65
Swan Lane
Tower Hill
Congregationalists 565
Henllan Wesleyans 30
Pendref Wesleyans 350
Salem Wesleyans 80
Bodawen FC (sic) 106
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Church Records

Parish Registers

  Baptisms Marriages Burials
All four Churches 1683 - 1983 1686 - 1876 1683 - 1984
St. Mary's   1876 - 1981  
St. David's   1897 - 1980  
St. Marcella's   1928 - 1970  
Baptisms Marriages Burials
1683 - 1812 1683 - 1812 1683 - 1812

Bishop's Transcripts

Deposited at the National Library of Wales Microfilmed copies
1671 - 1842 1671 - 1842


Baptisms Marriages
1815 - 1842 1815 - 1837
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Civil Registration

When Civil Registration was introduced (on 1 July 1837), the parish of Denbigh was assigned to the No. 3 ("Denbigh") 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 Denbigh are in the format :

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

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Description and Travel

Welcome to Denbigh

Denbigh - on wikipedia

Denbigh - on

Denbigh Castle - on Castle Wales

Denbigh Asylum - built in the mid-1840s  - on the Time Chamber site


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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