The area was mentioned in the Domesday Book (as Biscopestrau):
"All this land belongs to Bistre. It was waste. It never paid tax, nor was it hidated. In this manor the woodland is 1 league in length and ½ league in width; there is a hawk's eyrie. The Earl has this woodland, which he has put into his forest."
[From Domesday Book; translation by Abraham Farley, 1783; published by Phillimore, 1978]
The new parish of Bistre was established in its own right on 23 May 1844, by combining most of the township of Bistre with part of the township of Argoed - both had been in the parish of Mold until that time.
Bistre now forms part of the modern town of Buckley, which developed rapidly during the nineteeth century, straddling the boundary between the ancient parishes of Mold and Hawarden.
For ecclesiastical purposes, the town is now divided between the modern parishes of Bistre and Buckley.
For a map link to this place's approximate location - see under Maps on Buckley
Tel: 01352 703360
Fax: 01352 703373
A copy of the burial register from 1928-1982 has also been deposited in Flintshire Record Office, Hawarden.
"The parish of Mold contains a population of about 9,000, and the townships of Bistree and Argoed, within the said parish, for the benefit of which this new church has been erected, have a population of about 2,300; these townships lie from one to four miles from the parish church ..... A few years ago, like many other districts where extensive works have lately sprung up, they were thinly inhabited ....."
[From The Chester Chronicle of 4 November 1842]
The Clwyd FHS website has a photograph of the church.
Bistre Parish Churches on the Church in Wales site
Nonconformist Churches "Welsh Church Commission - County of Flint - The Statistics of the Nonconformist Churches for 1905"lists the following nonconformist places of worship in the "Urban District of Buckley". This was a Civiladministrative district, which included parts of the Ecclesiastical parish of Bistre :
|Name of Chapel||Denomination||Number of "adherents"|
|Nantmawr - English||Baptist||100|
|Daisy Hill - English||Baptist||100|
|St. John - English||Congregational||550|
|Mold Road||Calvinistic Methodist||140|
|Bistre||Methodist New Connexion||400|
|Pentrobin||Methodist New Connexion||250|
|Not named||Salvation Army||100|
|Brunswick - English||Wesleyan||130|
|Mold Road - Welsh||Wesleyan||35|
|The Square - English||Wesleyan||150|
|1842 - 1964||1842 - 1974||1843 - 1950|
|Name of Chapel||Denomination||Type of Record||Years Covered||I.G.I. Batch Number|
|Buckley Mountain||Independent||Births and Baptisms||1820 - 1836||C098461|
|Name of Chapel||Denomination||Type of Record||Years Covered||Held at|
|St. John's||Congregational||Baptisms, Marriages and Burials||1946 - 1982||FRO|
|Zion||English Presbyterian||Marriages||1899 - 1966
1973 - 1974
|Providence, Bistre||Methodist New Connexion||Baptisms||1893 - 1948||FRO|
|Providence, Bistre||Methodist New Connexion||Baptisms||1950 - 1977||DRO|
|Alltami / Drury / Tabernacle, Buckley
|Primitive Methodist / Methodist||Baptisms||1902 - 1989||FRO|
|(Not named)||Wesleyan Methodist||Baptisms||1893 - 1948||FRO|
|(Not named)||Wesleyan Methodist||Baptisms||1950 - 1977 (photocopies)||FRO|
|Brunswick||Wesleyan Methodist||Baptisms||1885 - 1935||FRO|
|Square||Wesleyan Methodist||Baptisms||1885 - 1933||FRO|
On 1 July 1901, Bistre was transferred to the Hawarden poor law Union (established 1853); and for civil registration purposes, it was assigned to the No. 4 (" Hawarden") sub-district of the Chester Registration District.
On 1 January 1903, the sub-district of Hawarden was upgraded to a Registration District in its own right.
In the GRO indexes to civil registration, entries for Bistre are found under:
(GRO index references have no relevance at the local Superintendent Registrar's Office)
Archdeacon Thomas (1911) gives the area of the parish as 3005 acres.
Last Updated 8 Jan 2013 - Gareth Hicks
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