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"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]



  • A guide to Denbigh ..    Cheltenham : Edward J. Burrow, [1908?]
  • Burgess, John.    Denbigh and Flint        Carlisle 2000
  • Butler, L A S.      Denbigh Castle, town walls and friary     London : H.M.S.O., 1976.
  • Davies, Edward.  A visit to the town of Denbigh      Denbighshire Historical Society  48  1999
  • Davies, Margaret.    The Womens Voluntary Service in Denbigh        Denbigh and its past 12 1997
  • Davies, Meirion Lloyd.   The 1945 General Election in Denbigh        Denbigh and its past 15   2000
  • Denbigh then and now : researched and compiled by Brockhouse Women's Institute.   Mold : Clwyd Voluntary Services Council, [1988]
  • Eisteddfodau Dinbych   2001
  • Ellis, Bryn.   Denbigh in the Quarter Session Rolls in the C18th        Denbigh and its past 15   2000
  • Glynn, Peter.    Graves in Denbigh associated with the Great War     Hel achau, No. 53 (Aug. 1997), p. 23-26
  • Hughes,  John Gwyn.   A commentary on Denbigh and its past      Denbigh and its past. No. 15 (2000), p. 43-60
  • Hughes, Raymond.     Llwyn Isaf Waterworks, Denbigh       Trafodion (Denbighshire Historical Society), 49 (2000), p. 151-157.
  • Jones, Humphrey Adams.  The Congregational Church, The Denbigh Green        Denbigh and its past. No. 16 (2001), p. 34-42.
  • Jones, Frank Price.  Crwydro Gorllewin Dinbych    Llandybie 1969
  • Michael, Pam.   Quarrymen and insanity in north Wales from the Denbigh Asylum records      Industrial Gwynedd 2 (1997), p. 34-43.
  • Owen, R M.     Denbigh     Loggerheads : S.B. Publications, 1990   -  and vol 2 in 1994
  • Owen, R M.  New Post Office at Denbigh     Denbigh and its past. 12 (1997), p. 20-1.
  • Owen, R M.     Poaching in Denbigh      Denbigh and its past No. 14 (1999), p. [20-25]
  • Pritchard, John Wyn.  'Fit and proper persons'. Councillors of Denbigh, their status and position, 1835-94   (NLW's site)    Welsh History Review 17
  • Programme of the Grand National Eisteddfod, to be held in the ancient Castle of Denbigh 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th days of August, 1860 :         Denbigh : Printed at the "Cymro" office and "Eglwysydd" by W. Morris,
  • Rear, Bill.    The Denbigh and Mold line    Stockport : Foxline, 1992.
  • The old church of St David, Denbigh   1895?
  • Thomas, J Gwyn.   Details of the history of the Earls of Denbigh    Denbigh and its past. 12 (1997), p. 16-20
  • Vinogradoff, Paul  and Frank Morgan (eds).     Survey of the Honour of Denbigh, 1334      London : Published for the British Academy by Humphrey Milford, Oxford University Press, 1914.
  • Williams, E P.     The lighter side of Denbigh's history      Denbigh and its History. No. 14 (1999), p. [16-20]
  • Williams, John.  The Records of Denbigh and its Lordship    Wrexham 1860
  • Williams, John      The town of Denbigh and Denbigh Castle     Denbigh 1860
  • Williams, John.   Ancient and modern Denbigh  1856     [Mold] : Clwyd County Council Library & Information Service, 1989.
  • Williams, John.   The castle and borough of Denbigh         Denbigh : Thomas Gee, 1881.
  • Williams, T. Marchant (ed).       The Denbigh National Eisteddfod     London : J. Martin & Son, 1883.


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Denbigh area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Church History

For details of these churches see Churches in Denbigh

  • St. Marcella
  • St. Hilary
  • St. Mary
  • St. David

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

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
All four Churches 1683 - 1983 1686 - 1876 1683 - 1984
St. Mary's   1876 - 1981  
St. David's   1897 - 1980  
St. Marcella's   1928 - 1970  
  • Clwyd FHS has published full transcriptions of the registers (complete with indexes) for the following years :
Baptisms Marriages Burials
1683 - 1812 1683 - 1812 1683 - 1812

Bishop's Transcripts

  • Bishop's Transcripts for the years shown below have been deposited in the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth.
    Around the year 1951, most of the Bishop's Transcripts which had been deposited at that time were microfilmed by the LDS; and the films are available on request at Family History Centres of the LDS.
    The films may also be viewed at the Denbighshire and Flintshire Record Offices, and at the National Library of Wales.
    In general, the Bishop's Transcripts are less complete than the parish registers.
Deposited at the National Library of Wales Microfilmed copies
1671 - 1842 1671 - 1842


  • The following have been incorporated into the I.G.I., as part of an "official extraction" programme.
    They were extracted from the Bishop's Transcripts, not from the Parish Registers.
Baptisms Marriages
1815 - 1842 1815 - 1837

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 :

  • 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 Denbigh which are provided by:

Welcome to Denbigh

Denbigh - on wikipedia

Denbigh Castle - on Castle Wales

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

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Denbigh 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 SJ050661 (Lat/Lon: 53.183473, -3.423105), Denbigh which are provided by:


  • In 1831- the population was 3786.
  • In 1901- the population was 5301.
    [ Royal Commission on the Welsh Church - October 1907]


  • Archdeacon Thomas gives the area of the parish as 1772 acres.
    [ The History of the Diocese of St. Asaph , 1908-1913, Ven. D.R. Thomas]