"This place is, from its name, supposed to have been the Roman station Varis, and the opinion has been in some degree confirmed by the recent discovery of urns, ornaments, fragments of weapons, and other relics of Roman antiquity, in the grounds of Pontrifith, and some coins near the junctions of the rivers Clwyd and Whielor, the supposed site of the Roman station."
[ A Topographical Dictionary of Wales, S. Lewis, 1834]
Bodfari is an "ancient parish". It comprises the townships of Bodfari, in old Flintshire, and Aberwheeler, in old Denbighshire. The parish is generally regarded as being a Flintshire parish.
See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph of Bodfari St Stephen's Church
Ordnance Survey reference SJ 092701.
The parish church, dedicated to St. Stephen, has a history which pre-dates the Norman conquest. It was extensively rebuilt in 1865.
The Clwyd FHS website has a photograph of the church.
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 Civilparish of "Bodfari":
|Name of Chapel||Denomination||Number of "adherents"|
|Salem - Welsh||Baptist||12|
|Bethel - Welsh||Wesleyan||150|
|1571 - 1986||1571 - 1970||1571 - 1915|
|1571 - 1812||1571 - 1812||1571 - 1812|
|Deposited at the National Library of Wales||Microfilmed copies|
|1662 - 1836||1665 - 1836|
|Type of Record||Years Covered||I.G.I. Batch Number|
|Baptisms||1823 - 1836||C056541|
In the GRO indexes to civil registration, entries for Bodfari are found under:
(GRO index references have no relevance at the local Superintendent Registrar's Office)
Bodfari - on wikipedia
Bodfari - on Vision of Britain
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
Archdeacon Thomas (1911) gives the area of the parish as 4700 acres.
Last Updated 8 Jan 2013 - Gareth Hicks
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