"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.