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(Esclusham Above)
"A township in the parish and Union of Wrexham, hundred of Bromfield, county of Denbigh; 3 miles (SW by W) from Wrexham. ..... This place takes the adjunct to its name from its situation with reference to that great work of the Saxons, called Offa's Dyke, which separates it from the township of Esclusham Below, and which is here in a tolerably perfect state. The township comprises a tract of elevated ground in the south-western part of the parish, and there are considerable coal mines within its limits."

(Esclusham Below)
"A parish in the parish and Union of Wrexham, hundred of Bromfield, county of Denbigh; 2 miles (SW) from Wrexham."
[ A Topographical Dictionary of Wales, 1833 & 1849, Samuel Lewis]

The new parish of Esclusham was formed in 1879, by an Order in Council, from the townships of Erddig, Esclusham Below, and a portion of Esclusham Above. (where Above and Below refer to Offa's Dyke).


Church History

Ordnance Survey reference SJ 315486.
The foundation of the new Church was laid on 24 October 1876.
The Church was consecrated on 12 September 1877, in the name of the Holy Trinity.

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 Esclusham :

Name of Chapel Denomination Number of "adherents"
Wern Congregationalists 235
Ainon Baptists 50
Tabernacle Calvinistic Methodists (English language) 400
Salem Congregationalists 105
Not named Primitive Methodists (English language) 35
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Church Records

Parish Registers

Baptisms Marriages Burials
1879 - 1952 1880 - 1971 1879 - 1952

Bishop's Transcripts


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Civil Registration

Having been formed from townships of the parish of Wrexham, the parish of Esclusham was assigned to the Wrexham Registration District.

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

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

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Description and Travel

Esclusham - on wikipedia

Esclusham Mountain - on wikipedia

Esclusham Community Council site


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