"Caerwys, a small market town containing, according to the returns made to Parliament, 162 houses, and 773 inhabitants. ... It having been a Roman station, and afterwards a seat of judicature: the assize, or great sessions for the county of Flint being held for several centuries at this place." [From North Wales ; Rev. J. Evans, 1812]
Caerwys is one of the "ancient parishes" of Flintshire. It comprises the townships of Tref Edwyn, Tre-dre, Bryngwyn Ucha and Bryngwyn Isa. The town of Caerwys was at one time a place of considerable importance.
Eisteddfodau Caerwys. Caerdydd : Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru, 1968.
Evans, R. Paul. Reverend John Lloyd of Caerwys (1733-93) Flintshire Historical Society journal, Vol. 31 1983/4 Welsh Journals Online
Evidence of Mr. Henry Taylor ... given before the Municipal Corporation Commissioners, on the unreformed Flintshire corporations of Caergwrle, Caerwys, Overton, & Rhuddlan, etc. Flint : Thos. Jones, [1877.]
Hughes, Owen (ed). Caerwys Royal Charter celebrations Caerwys : Caerwys Royal Charter Committee, 1990
Jones, Kitty Idwal. Cerddi Caerwys 1968 / cyhoeddwyd ar ran Pwyllgor Gwyl Dathlu Eisteddfod Caerwys Mold : K.I. Jones, 
Lloyd, George A pre-reformation lych gate at Caerwys Flintshire Historical Society journal, Vol. 18 1960 Welsh Journals Online
Lloyd-Roberts, Tom. Caerwys to Pompeii Country Quest 32/1 (1991), p. 8-9
Lloyd-Roberts, Tom. Church of fighting dragons [at Caerwys] . Country Quest 33/3 (1992), p. 6-7
Lloyd-Roberts, Tom. The great battle of Caerwys camp Country Quest. 35 (July 1994), p. 25-27
Roberts, Mary. Y Fonesig Ruth Lewis, Plas Penucha, Caerwys Llafar Gwlad 33 (1991), p. 20-1
Scarll, Peter and Joe Phillips. Circular walk Caerwys area Proceedings of the Dyserth and district field club, (2001), p. 21-22 and (2001), p. 56-59
Smith, Janet. Hên Caerwys Proceedings of the Dyserth and district field club, 2009, p. 34-39
The roll of the Caerwys Eisteddfod of 1523 / introduction by J.H. Davies. [Liverpool : Hugh Evans + Sons, 1910.]
Trefnlen cyfarfodydd Eisteddfod Freiniol Gymreig Cymru, yr hon a gynhelir Awst 31ain, a Medi 1af a'r 2il, 1886, yn Nghaerwys, Swydd Gallestr Denbigh : T. Gee and Son, [1886?]
Ordnance Survey reference SJ 127728
The earliest recorded mention of the church dates from AD 1291.
"The church, dedicated to St. Michael, is a neat edifice, with a square embattled tower, consisting of a nave and north aisle, and appropriately accommodated to the use of the parishioners."
[From Handbook for the Vale of Clwyd , William Davis, 1856]
The Clwyd FHS website has a photograph of the church.
The following nonconformist registers for the Caerwys area are held at the Public Record Office, Kew.
They may be viewed on microfilm at LDS Family History Centres; and at the Flintshire Record Office, the Denbighshire Record Office and the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth.
They have also been incorporated into the I.G.I., as part of an "official extraction" programme :
Name of Chapel
Type of Record
I.G.I. Batch Number
Births and Baptisms
1827 - 1835
Births and Baptisms
1810 - 1836
The following nonconformist registers for the Caerwys area are held at the Denbighshire Record Office, Ruthin.
They have not been filmed; and they have not been incorporated into the I.G.I. :
When Civil Registration was introduced (on 1 July 1837), the parish of Caerwys was assigned to the No. 1 ("Whitford") 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 Caerwys are found under:
Years 1837 - 1851: Holywell XXVII. nnn
Years 1852 - 1946: Holywell 11b. nnn
(GRO index references have no relevance at the local Superintendent Registrar's Office)
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