"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.
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"|
|Not named||Calvinistic Methodists||128|
|1633 - 1891||1632 - 1968||1633 - 1916|
|1632 - 1812||1632 - 1812||1632 - 1812|
|Deposited at the National Library of Wales||Microfilmed copies|
|1677 - 1851||1813 - 1851|
|1813 - 1851||1813 - 1837|
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)
Derwen - on wikipedia
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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