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"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.



Church History

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
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Church Records

Parish Registers

Baptisms Marriages Burials
1571 - 1986 1571 - 1970 1571 - 1915
Baptisms Marriages Burials
1571 - 1812 1571 - 1812 1571 - 1812

Bishop's Transcripts

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
Marriages None -
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Civil Registration

When Civil Registration was introduced (on 1 July 1837), the parish of Bodfari was assigned to the No. 1 ("St. Asaph") sub-district of the St. Asaph Registration District, which was co-extensive with the St. Asaph poor law Union.

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)

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Description and Travel

Bodfari - on wikipedia

Bodfari - on Vision of Britain


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 4700 acres.
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