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"A parish in the Union and hundred of Ruthin, county of Denbigh; 7 miles (SW by S) from Ruthin, containing 569 inhabitants. ..... The village is situated near the source of the river Clwyd and abounds with springs of excellent water. About a mile from the village is a quarry of stone, which is soft and of peculiarly fine grain, and is much esteemed for sharpening the finest instruments, being found nowhere else in this country: great quantities are sent to London, and some of it has been exported to America."
[ A Topographical Dictionary of Wales, 1833 & 1849, Samuel Lewis]

The ancient parish of Derwen comprised the two townships of Dyfanedd and Ysceifiog.


Church History

Ordnance Survey reference SJ 070507.
The church, which is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, was mentioned in the Norwich Taxation of 1254. It was restored in 1857.
The church is no longer used for worship, having been closed during 1998 / 1999.

The Clwyd FHS website has a photograph of the church.

St Mary's Church, Derwen - on wikipedia

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 Derwen :

Name of Chapel Denomination Number of "adherents"
Clawddnewydd Calvinistic Methodists 171
Not named Calvinistic Methodists 128
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Church Records

Parish Registers

Baptisms Marriages Burials
1633 - 1891 1632 - 1968 1633 - 1916
Baptisms Marriages Burials
1632 - 1812 1632 - 1812 1632 - 1812

Bishop's Transcripts

Deposited at the National Library of Wales Microfilmed copies
1677 - 1851 1813 - 1851


Baptisms Marriages
1813 - 1851 1813 - 1837
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Civil Registration

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

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

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Description and Travel

Derwen - on wikipedia


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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