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"A hamlet, in that part of the parish of Gresford which is in the hundred of Bromfield, county of Denbigh; 5 miles (N by W) from Wrexham; containing 539 inhabitants. It is situated near the left bank of the river Alyn, and on the border of Flintshire. ..... Offa's Dyke passes between the township and the river."
[ A Topographical Dictionary of Wales, 1833 & 1849, Samuel Lewis]

Llay became a parish of the Church in Wales on 13 December 1944. It was formed from the township of Llay, and parts of the townships of Burton, Gresford, and Marford & Hoseley, which, until then, been in the parish of Gresford.

For a map link to Llay village - see under Maps on Gresford 


Church History

Ordnance Survey reference SJ 333557.
The first services at Llay were held in the "Mission Hut" on 9 January 1916. The foundation stone of the new church, which is dedicated to St. Martin, was laid on Sunday, 11 November 1923, and the church was consecrated on Saturday, 21 February 1925.

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"did not list any nonconformist places of worship in the Civilparish of Llay.

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Church Records

Parish Registers

Baptisms Marriages Burials
1925 - 1961 1925 - 1971 None

Bishop's Transcripts


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Civil Registration

The new parish of Llay was assigned to the Wrexham Registration District.

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

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

Description and Travel

Llay - on wikipedia

Llay photographs - on

Llay Miners' Welfare Institute


Llay Main Colliery and Llay Hall Colliery - on the Welsh Coalmines site

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