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"A market town, a parliamentary borough, the head of a Union, and a parish, chiefly in the hundred of Bromfield, county of Denbigh; 26 miles (SE by E) from Denbigh, 18 (ESE) from Ruthin, and 187½ (NW) from London; ..... and containing 12,921 inhabitants, of whom 5818 are in the townships of Wrexham Abbot and Wrexham Regis, forming the town."
[ A Topographical Dictionary of Wales, 1849, Samuel Lewis]


  • Blackwell, Colin.     From Wrexham to Fromelles (a Boy Soldiers short life)     Hel achau, No. 104 (Mawrth / March 2010), p. 54-59.
  • Bordessa, D.  Old Wrexham         [S.l.] : Adebo Press, c2008.
  • Boyd,  James I. C.         The Wrexham, Mold and Connah's Quay railway    Oxford : Oakwood Press, 1991
  • Brooks, Ron.  Rochdale, Wrexham, and the University tutorial class movement in north-west Wales, 1907-14      Welsh History Review 20   Welsh Journals Online
  • Byrne, Kathryn.       St Mary's Cathedral Wrexham          Werxham : Bridge Books, 2007.
  • Chaloner, Joan.    Wrexham hospitals       Wrexham : Bridge Books, 2005.  
  • Chirk Castle, Wrexham / Ymddiriedolaeth Genedlaethol = The National Trust.         Rev. ed         [Swindon?] : National Trust, 2007 [reprinted 2009]  
  • Cliffe, Vic.    Helping the needy in Wrexham      Hel achau, No. 93 (July 2007), p. 14-15
  • Crocker's Wrexham directory and postal guide for 1881-82, ...         Shrewsbury : Crocker, [1881]
  • Davies,  Gareth M. and Peter Jones.    Wrexham Football Club, 1872-1950      Stroud, Gloucs. : Tempus, 2000.
  • Davies, Grahame.     Real Wrexham            Bridgend : Seren, 2007.
  • Davies, Jonathan.    John Bury and the emerging middle class of Victorian Wrexham          Trafodion (Denbighshire Historical Society), Vol. 55 (2007), p. 144-164.
  • Dodd, A H (ed).   A History of Wrexham, Denbighshire   Wrexham 1990 (& 1957)
  • Early Methodism in and around Wrexham c.1750-1805 / by the editor.       Bathafarn, Vol. 18 (1963), p. 22-41
  • Fletcher, Allan.   Richard Gwyn - Wrexham's martyr     Clwyd Historian = Hanes Bro Clwyd. No. 49 (Autumn 2002), p. 10-12
  • Herbert, Reg.   Wrexham and district        Wrexham : Wrexham Advertising Services, [1996?]
  • Hornsey, Brian.   Ninety years of cinema in Wrexham           [Wrexham] : Brian Hornsey, 1990.
  • Jones, Beryl M.    The clockmakers and watchmakers of Wrexham 1650-1900         Trafodion (Denbighshire Historical Society), Vol. 56 (2008), p. 101-120
  • Jones, Derek M. and Beryl M.         Wrexham breweries and inns             Wrexham : Bridge Books, 2001.
  • Jones,  John  Solicitor, Wrexham.      Wrexham and its neighbourhood        2nd ed.         Wrexham : R. Potter, 1868.
  • Jones, Peter.     Wrexham     Derby : Breedon, 1992.
  • Jones,  Russell H.     Wrexham villages  Volume 1, West.         Wrexham : Bridge Books, 1991.
  • Linnard, William.          Richard Joynson and Thomas Hampson of Wrexham, clockmakers         Trafodion (Denbighshire Historical Society), Vol. 57 (2009), p. 56-63.
  • Lloyd, H A (ed)   Wrexham and District     Wrexham 1970
  • Lloyd, Terry.    Wrexham and district guide         Wrexham : Wrexham Advertising Services, 1989.
  • Nineteenth century Wrexham :          Ltd ed: 400 copies.         Wrexham : Wrexham Library & Information Service, 1997.
  • Palmer, Alfred N.  A history of the older nonconformity of Wrexham and its neighbourhood    Wrexham 1888 
  • Palmer, Alfred Neobard.   History of the town of Wrexham             Wrexham : Bridge Books, 1997.
  • Palmer, Alfred Neobard.      History of the thirteen country townships of the old parish of Wrexham, and of the townships of Burras Riffri, Erlas, & Erddig    Wrexham : Printed for the author by Hughes and Son, 1903.
  • Pratt, Derrick.   Memories of the Wrexham and Ellesmere Railway, 2, a personal odyssey    Denbighshire Historical Society 48   1999
  • Pratt, Derrick.           One small corner of Wrexham      Clwyd Historian = Hanes Bro Clwyd. No. 48 (Spring 2002), p. 1-4
  • Pratt, Derrick.      Wrexham area Home Guard, 1940-44. [Part 2], Dad's Army       Clwyd Historian = Hanes Bro Clwyd. No. 37 (Autumn 1996), p. 26-32
  • Pratt, Derrick.    Fourteenth-century Wrexham      Trafodion (Denbighshire Historical Society), Vol. 55 (2007), p. 19-65.
  • Pratt, Derrick.      Towards mapping the Wrexham coalfield        Clwyd Historian = Hanes Bro Clwyd. No. 61 (Winter 2009/10), p. 14-22
  • Pratt, Derrick.     A Wrexham Castle?      Clwyd Historian = Hanes Bro Clwyd. No. 62 (Spring 2010), p. 23-29
  • Roberts,  John Howell.       Lost houses in and about Wrexham        Hel achau, No. 104 (Mawrth / March 2010), p. 33-35
  • Shone, Arthur N.             Wrexham races             Wrexham : Snowy Publications, 1991.
  • Shone, Isaac.     Wrexham: its present sanitary condition      Wrexham : Bayley and Bradley, Printers and Publishers, 1876.
  • Smith, Gillian.      Guide to Wrexham Parish Church     Wrexham : St. Giles Parish Church, Wrexham, 1988.
  • The late Mr Alfred Neobard Palmer, of Wrexham :         Wrexham : Wrexham Advertiser, 1915.
  • The Official Guide to Wrexham     Ed J Burrows & co Ltd    19??
  • Wicklen, S I.     History of Wrexham printing     Conwy : Cader Idris Books, [1988]
  • Williams, Gwyneth.     Wrexham and district          Loggerheads : S.B. Publications, 1990
  • Williams, W. Allister.    Old Wrexham            Wrexham : Bridge Books, 1988;  and several other vols
  • Williams, W. Allister.      The encyclopaedia of Wrexham        Wrexham : Bridge Books, 2001.
  • Williamson, Val.     Wrexham's railway  ;     illustrations by Norah Sakwa ; photographs by Mandy Bainbridge.    Mold : Clwyd Centre for Educational Technology, c1984.
  • Wrexham Directory 1886  Hawarden 1981
  • Wrexham illustrated :          Brighton : Robinson, Son and Pike, [1892?]
  • Wrexham in the Welsh Marches of Denbighshire     8th ed   Cheltenham 1954

Church History

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 Civiladministrative district of Wrexham Regis :

Name of ChapelDenominationNumber of "adherents"
Bradley RoadBaptists (English language)100
Chester StreetBaptists (English language)180
Bersham RoadCalvinistic Methodists (English language)320
Hill StreetCalvinistic Methodists (English language)300
Smithfield RoadCalvinistic Methodists (English language)150
Victoria HallCalvinistic Methodists (English language)420
(plus 68 at Pentrefelin)
ZionCalvinistic Methodists500
Chester StreetCongregationalists (English language)235
Pen y Bryn, Salusbury ParkCongregationalists (English language)400
Queen StreetCongregationalists350
Lord StreetFC (sic) (English language)100
BrynyffynnonWesleyans (English language)375
Hampden RoadWesleyans95
Hightown MissionWesleyans (English language)221
Jerusalem, Egerton StreetWesleyans258
Talbot RoadPrimitive Methodists (English language)130
King Street Mission HouseChristians (English)70

Church Records

  • The following nonconformist registers for the Wrexham area are held at the Public Record Office, Kew.
    They may be viewed on microfilm at LDS Family History Centres; and at the Denbighshire Record Office, the Flintshire Record Office and the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth.
    The baptisms have also been incorporated into the I.G.I., as part of an "official extraction" programme :
Name of ChapelDenominationType of RecordYears Covered
Abbot StreetCalvinistic MethodistBirths and Baptisms1811 - 1837
Old Meeting House,
Chester Street
Independent / BaptistBirths and Baptisms1779 - 1837
PentrefelinIndependentBirths and Baptisms1832 - 1837
Pen y BrynIndependentBaptisms1784 - 1837
WernIndependentBirths and Baptisms1808 - 1837
BrynffynnonWesleyanBirths and Baptisms1818 - 1837
Salop RoadWesleyanBaptisms1813 - 1837
  • The following nonconformist registers for the Wrexham area are held either at the Denbighshire Record Office, Ruthin (DRO) or at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth (NLW).
    The Denbighshire and Flintshire Record Offices have photocopies of those registers which have been deposited in the National Library.
    These registers have not been filmed; and they have not been incorporated into the I.G.I. :
Name of ChapelDenominationType of RecordYears CoveredHeld at
Rhosddu Cemetery,
Chester Street
BaptistBurials1864 - 1904DRO
Abbot StreetCalvinistic MethodistBaptisms1811 - 1888 
Seion, Regent StreetCalvinistic MethodistBaptisms1707 - 1718NLW
Seion, Regent StreetCalvinistic MethodistBaptisms1811 - 1960 
Seion, Regent StreetCalvinistic MethodistBurials1715 - 1718NLW
Victoria HallCalvinistic MethodistBirths and Baptisms1958 - 1981 
Ebeneser, Queen StreetCongregationalMarriages1982 - 1984DRO
Poyser StreetMethodistBaptisms1965 - 1966DRO
Poyser StreetMethodistMarriages1912 - 1972DRO
"Circuit"Primitive MethodistBaptisms1843 - 1884DRO
"Circuit"WesleyanBaptisms1855 - 1896DRO
BrynffynnonWesleyanMarriages1863 - 1889
1899 - 1970

Civil Registration

When Civil Registration was introduced (on 1 July 1837), the parish of Wrexham was assigned to the No. 4 ("Wrexham") 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 Wrexham are in the format :

  • Years 1837 - 1851: Wrexham XXVII. nnn
  • Years 1851 - 1930: Wrexham 11b. nnn

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

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Wrexham which are provided by:

Wrexham County Borough Council

Wrexham - on wikipedia

Welcome to Wrexham

Wrexham.com - "Independent local news, reviews, information and forums"

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Wrexham has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SJ336499 (Lat/Lon: 53.042213, -2.991845), Wrexham which are provided by:

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


  • In 1831- the population was 11,521.
  • In 1901- the population was 15,821.
    [ Royal Commission on the Welsh Church - October 1907]