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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.
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  • 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.
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  • Wrexham in the Welsh Marches of Denbighshire     8th ed   Cheltenham 1954
All Saints, Wrexham
Dewi Sant, Wrexham
Holy Trinity, Rhostyllen / Esclusham
St Giles, Wrexham
St John, Rhosnesni
St Margaret, Wrexham
St Tudfil, Coedpoeth
Ainon Welsh Baptist Chapel, Rhostyllen
Bradley Road English Baptist Church, Wrexham
Old Meeting (Chester Street English Baptist Church), Wrexham
Penybryn Welsh Baptist Church, Wrexham
Rhos-Ddu Welsh Baptist Chapel (Calfaria), Wrexham
Tabernacl Welsh Baptist Chapel, Coedpoeth
Cemetery Chapels, Wrexham Cemetery (New Cemetery), Wrexham
Abbot Street Methodist Chapel, Wrexham
Adwy'r Clawdd Methodist Chapel, Adwy'r Clawdd
Bathafarn Welsh Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Coedpoeth
Beast Market Chapel (2) (Primitive Methodist), Wrexham
Beast Market Methodist Chapel (Primitive), Wrexham
Bersham Road Chapel (English Calvinistic Methodist), Wrexham
Bethel Chapel;English Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, Wrexham Garden Village
British School / Victoria Hall Methodist Chapel, Wrexham
Brook Street Methodist Church (Wesleyan Methodist Reformed), Wrexham
Brook Street Welsh Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan), Wrexham
Capel-Y-Groes (Welsh Presbyterian & Calvinistic Methodist), Wrexham
Coedpoeth Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, Coedpoeth
Copperas English Methodist Church (Primitive), Wrexham
Disgwylfa Methodist Chapel, Coedpoeth
English Primitive Methodist Church, Coedpoeth
Ffrwd English Methodist Church (Primitive Methodist), Wrexham
Former Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, Coedpoeth
Hampden Road Welsh Wesleyan Methodist Church (Victoria Hall Presbyterian), Wrexham
Hightown Wesleyan Methodist Mission (Barracks Chapel), Wrexham
Hill Street Chapel (English Calvinistic Methodist), Wrexham
Jerusalem Welsh Methodist Church (Wesleyan), Wrexham
Moreia English Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Wrexham
Offa English Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Coedpoeth
Pentrefelin Chapel (Welsh Calvinistic Methodist), Wrexham
Poyser Street Methodist Chapel (Primitive), Wrexham
Queens Park Methodist Church (Wesleyan), Wrexham
Rehoboth Welsh Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, The Smelt, Coedpoeth
Rhosnesni Primitive Methodist Chapel, Rhosnesney, Wrexham
Rhostyllen Primitive Methodist Chapel, Rhostyllen
Seion Chapel (Welsh Calvinistic Methodist) (Capel-Y-Groes), Wrexham
Smithfield Road Chapel (English Calvinistic Methodist), Wrexham
Tabernacle Chapel (1) (Calvinistic Methodist), Rhostyllen
Talbot Road Methodist Chapel (Primitive), Wrexham
The Green Wesleyan Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan Reformed), Wrexham
Victoria Road Methodist Church (Wesleyan), Wrexham
Wrexham English Methodist Church (Wesleyan) (Brynffynnon), Wrexham
Roman Catholic
St David's Catholic Church (King St. Mission;Church Of Christ), Wrexham
Apolstolic Evangelical Church (Pentecostal), Wrexham
Beast Market Independent Chapel, Wrexham
Brynffynnon Independent Chapel, Wrexham
Cathedral Church Of Our Lady Of Sorrows, Wrexham
Dissenters' Graveyard (Bunhill Fields), Wrexham
Ebeneser (1) Welsh Independent Chapel, Wrexham
Ebeneser Independent Chapel, Wrexham
Lord Street Free Congregational Church (English), Wrexham
New Meeting (English Presbyterian And Congregational Chapel), Wrexham
Park Street English Presbyterian Church, Wrexham
Pentrefelin Welsh Independent Chapel, Wrexham
Penybryn (2) English Congregational Church (Salisbury Park United Reform), Wrexham
Salem (1) Welsh Independent Chapel, Rhostyllen
Salem Independent Chapel (Capel Coffa Williams O'R Wern), Rhostyllen
Salem Welsh Independent Chapel, Coedpoeth
Seion Welsh Independent Chapel, Coedpoeth
Society Of Friends' Meeting House (Quaker), Wrexham
St John, Rhosnesni
St John, Wrexham
St Peter, Wrexham
Tabernacle English Presbyterian Chapel, Rhostyllen
Trinity English Presbyterian Church, Wrexham
War Memorial Hospital Chapel (East Denbighshire Infirmary), Wrexham
Wern Welsh Independent Chapel, Wrexham

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Wrexham area or see them printed on a map.

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 Chapel Denomination Number of "adherents"
Bradley Road Baptists (English language) 100
Chester Street Baptists (English language) 180
Penybryn Baptists 200
Rhosddu Baptists 58
Bersham Road Calvinistic Methodists (English language) 320
Hill Street Calvinistic Methodists (English language) 300
Smithfield Road Calvinistic Methodists (English language) 150
Victoria Hall Calvinistic Methodists (English language) 420
(plus 68 at Pentrefelin)
Zion Calvinistic Methodists 500
Chester Street Congregationalists (English language) 235
Pen y Bryn, Salusbury Park Congregationalists (English language) 400
Queen Street Congregationalists 350
Lord Street FC (sic) (English language) 100
Brynyffynnon Wesleyans (English language) 375
Hampden Road Wesleyans 95
Hightown Mission Wesleyans (English language) 221
Jerusalem, Egerton Street Wesleyans 258
Talbot Road Primitive Methodists (English language) 130
King Street Mission House Christians (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 Chapel Denomination Type of Record Years Covered
Abbot Street Calvinistic Methodist Births and Baptisms 1811 - 1837
Old Meeting House,
Chester Street
Independent / Baptist Births and Baptisms 1779 - 1837
Pentrefelin Independent Births and Baptisms 1832 - 1837
Pen y Bryn Independent Baptisms 1784 - 1837
Wern Independent Births and Baptisms 1808 - 1837
Brynffynnon Wesleyan Births and Baptisms 1818 - 1837
Salop Road Wesleyan Baptisms 1813 - 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 Chapel Denomination Type of Record Years Covered Held at
Rhosddu Cemetery,
Chester Street
Baptist Burials 1864 - 1904 DRO
Abbot Street Calvinistic Methodist Baptisms 1811 - 1888  
Seion, Regent Street Calvinistic Methodist Baptisms 1707 - 1718 NLW
Seion, Regent Street Calvinistic Methodist Baptisms 1811 - 1960  
Seion, Regent Street Calvinistic Methodist Burials 1715 - 1718 NLW
Victoria Hall Calvinistic Methodist Births and Baptisms 1958 - 1981  
Ebeneser, Queen Street Congregational Marriages 1982 - 1984 DRO
Poyser Street Methodist Baptisms 1965 - 1966 DRO
Poyser Street Methodist Marriages 1912 - 1972 DRO
"Circuit" Primitive Methodist Baptisms 1843 - 1884 DRO
"Circuit" Wesleyan Baptisms 1855 - 1896 DRO
Brynffynnon Wesleyan Marriages 1863 - 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

Wrexham County Borough Council

Wrexham - on wikipedia

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Historical Geography

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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.

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


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