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"Bagillt is a bustling place, and will continue so, as long as her smelting and coal works go on in their present prosperous state. Well conducted boats go from this place to Chester every day; with a favorable wind, these little barks make the 17 or 18 miles in little more than two hours."
[J. Poole, Gleanings of the histories of Holywell, Flint, St. Asaph and Rhuddlan, 1831.]

The new parish of Bagillt was gazetted on 23 May 1844, having been created from the townships of Bagillt Fawr, Bagillt Fechan, Coleshill Fawr and Coleshill Fechan, which were formerly in the parish of Holywell.




In addition to the churchyard at St. Mary's parish church, there is a public cemetery in New Brighton Road.
The cemetery, which was opened about 1870, is still in use, and is administered by Flintshire County Council. The opening time is 8.00 a.m. until sunset.
The cemetery records, from 1870 to date, are held at the Flintshire County offices in Flint.
Researchers who wish to see the cemetery records mustmake a prior appointment, by contacting :
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Church History

Ordnance Survey reference SJ 222751.
The church of St. Mary, Bagillt was built between the years 1837 and 1839, and was consecrated on 18 July 1839 as a "chapel of ease" within the parish of Holywell, serving the increasingly industrialised area of Bagillt, with its rapidly growing population.
It became the parish church of the new parish of Bagillt in 1844.

The Clwyd FHS website has a photograph of the church.

St. Peter's Mission Room was erected in 1883.

Nonconformist Churches "Welsh Church Commission - County of Flint - The Statistics of the Nonconformist Churches for 1905"lists the following nonconformist places of worship in Bagillt, within "Holywell Rural District". This was a Civiladministrative district.

Name of Chapel Denomination Number of "adherents"
Bethel - Welsh Baptist 100
Tabernacle Calvinistic Methodist 190
Not named - English Congregational 85
Salem - Welsh Congregational 111
Not named Salvation Army 40
Bethania - Welsh Wesleyan 200
Ebenezer - Welsh Wesleyan 200
Soar - Welsh Wesleyan 100
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Church Records

Parish Registers

Baptisms Marriages Burials
1839 - 1954 1841 - 1943 1839 - 1944

Bishop's Transcripts

Deposited at the National Library of Wales Microfilmed copies
1839 - 1857 1839 - 1857


Type of Record Years Covered I.G.I. Batch Number
Baptisms 1839 - 1857 C056531
Marriages None -

Nonconformist Records

Name of Chapel Denomination Type of Record Years Covered I.G.I. Batch Number
Tabernacl Calvinistic Methodist Births and Baptisms 1827 - 1836 C098211
Name of Chapel Denomination Type of Record Years Covered
Boot End United Reform Church Births and Baptisms 1958 - 1966 (photocopies)
Salem Independent Baptisms 1858 - 1976
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Civil Registration

The new parish of Bagillt was assigned to the No. 2 ("Holywell") sub-district of the Holywell Registration District, which was co-extensive with the Holywell poor law Union.

In the GRO indexes to civil registration, entries for Bagillt are found under:

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

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Description and Travel

Bagillt - on wikipedia

Bagillt photographs - on


Bagillt History Club

Bagillt Heritage Society


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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Archdeacon Thomas (1911) gives the area of the parish as 3191 acres.
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