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"A parish in the Union of Wrexham, partly in the hundred of Bromfield, county of Denbigh, and partly in that of Mold, county of Flint. ..... The parish is very extensive, comprising upwards of twelve thousand acres; and the village is delightfully situated on the western side of the road from Wrexham to Chester, near the head of a beautiful valley, which opens into the Vale Royal of Cheshire. ..... The little vale of Gresford is one of the most lovely in the principality, enlivened by the meanderings of the river Alyn through its meadows, and finely varied with richly wooded eminences, on one of which stands conspicuously its beautiful church, remarkable for the elegance of its architecture and its picturesque appearance."
[ A Topographical Dictionary of Wales, 1833 & 1849, Samuel Lewis]

Until the early nineteenth century, the parish of Gresford was of very great extent, as it included the chapelries of Holt and Isycoed, and the detached township of Erddig.
On 30 June 1840, the townships of Allington, Burton, Marford and Hoseley (a total of 6780 acres) became the new parish of Rossett.
In November 1851, the township of Gwersyllt went to the new parish of Gwersyllt.
When Archdeacon Thomas wrote his "History of the Diocese of St. Asaph" (1908 - 1913), the parish of Gresford consisted of the townships of Gresford, Llay, Borras Riffri, Borras Hofa, and portions of Burton, Allington and Marford & Hoseley.



Church History

Ordnance Survey reference SJ 346550.
The Church in Wales official web site has an excellent history of the parish church - All Saints, Gresford.
(Note - the site includes a number of colour photographs, therefore some pages may take a little while to download)

The Clwyd FHS website has a photograph of the church.

See John Ball's site Welsh Churches and Chapels Collection for a photograph/data re All Saints Church, Gresford

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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 Gresford :

Name of Chapel Denomination Number of "adherents"
Church of Christ, Cam yr Alyn Baptists 50
Not named Wesleyans (English language) 100
Golley Primitive Methodists (English language) 40
Llay Primitive Methodists (English language) 90
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Church Records

Parish Registers

Baptisms Marriages Burials
1661 - 1976 1672 - 1988 1661 - 1979
Baptisms Marriages Burials
1660 - 1810 1670 - 1812 1660 - 1811

Bishop's Transcripts

Deposited at the National Library of Wales Microfilmed copies
1670 - 1898 1670 - 1897


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Civil Registration

When Civil Registration was introduced (on 1 July 1837), the parish of Gresford was assigned to the No. 1 ("Hope") sub-district of the Wrexham Registration District; which, initially, was co-extensive with the Wrexham poor law Union.

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

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

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Description and Travel

Gresford - on wikipedia

Gresford photographs - on


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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The Gresford Disaster - on Clwyd FHS

Gresford Colliery Disaster - on

The Gresford Disaster - on All Saints, Gresford site

Gresford Disaster - on wikipedia


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