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"A hamlet, in the parish of Llanrhaiadr in Kinmerch, Union of Ruthin, hundred of Isaled, county of Denbigh; 3 miles (SSW) from Denbigh, containing 176 inhabitants. ..... A river rises in the hilly part of the hamlet, from two sources, after the union of the waters from which it sinks underground, and does not appear again, until it bursts forth in a copious stream from a limestone rock at the well of St. Dynog, near the parochial church.
[ A Topographical Dictionary of Wales, 1833 & 1849, Samuel Lewis]

The ecclesiastical parish of Prion was created, by an order in Council, on 23 January 1860, and extended by an Order in Council on 22 February 1879, out of the ancient parish of Llanrhaeadr yng Nghinmeirch. It comprises the townships of Llanrhaeadr yng Nghinmeirch, Prion and Trefydd Bychain; and portions of the townships of Llewesog, Segroit Ucha, Segroit Isa, and Cader.

For a map link to Prion village - see under Maps on Llanrhaeadr yng Nghinmeirch


Church History

Ordnance Survey reference X.
The church, which is dedicated to St. James, was consecrated on 25 August 1859.

The Clwyd FHS website has a photograph of the church.

Nonconformist Churches Nonconformist places of worship for Prion were included in the "Welsh Church Commission - County of Denbigh - The Statistics of the Nonconformist Churches for 1905"under the Civilparish of Llanrhaeadr yng Nghinmeirch. Details will be found on the parish page for Llanrhaeadr yng Nghinmeirch.

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Church Records

Parish Registers

Baptisms Marriages Burials
None 1861 - 1936 None

Bishop's Transcripts


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Civil Registration

The new parish of Prion was assigned to the Ruthin Registration District.

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

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

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