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"A parish in the Union of Wrexham, hundred of Bromfield, county of Denbigh; 2 miles (SE) from Wrexham, containing 553 inhabitants. ..... It is intersected by the road from Wrexham, which here branches off to Whitchurch and to Ellesmere, and consists of the townships of Marchwiel and Sontley, the former comprising 2691 acres, with a population of 466, and the latter, 585 acres, with a population of 87. The lands are enclosed and in a good state of cultivation; producing wheat, barley and oats; the prevailing timber is oak."
[ A Topographical Dictionary of Wales, 1833 & 1849, Samuel Lewis]

The ancient parish consisted of the two townships of Marchwiel and Sontley.



Church History

Ordnance Survey reference SJ 357477.
"The church, dedicated to St. Marcellus, was rebuilt in 1789, and enlarged and repaired in 1829."
[ A Topographical Dictionary of Wales, 1833 & 1849, Samuel Lewis]

The Clwyd FHS website has a photograph of the church.

Church of St Deiniol and St Marcella - on CPAT

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 Marchwiel :

Name of Chapel Denomination Number of "adherents"
Salem Chapel, Stryt yr Hwch Calvinistic Methodists (English language) 90
Cross Lanes Wesleyans (English language) 42
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Church Records

Parish Registers

Baptisms Marriages Burials
1653 - 1942 1666 - 1970 1662 - 1908
Baptisms Marriages Burials
1652 - 1812 1665 - 1812 1662 - 1812

Bishop's Transcripts

Deposited at the National Library of Wales Microfilmed copies
1662 - 1871 1667 - 1871


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Civil Registration

When Civil Registration was introduced (on 1 July 1837), the parish of Marchwiel was assigned to the No. 2 ("Malpas") 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 Marchwiel are in the format :

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

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Description and Travel

Marchwiel - on wikipedia

Marchwiel 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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