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Connah's Quay

"In the hamlet of Golftyn a large quay and pier have been constructed, within the last few years, by the Irish Coal Company, and vessels sail regularly from this place for Liverpool, London, and Dublin, and the ports of North Wales. A very large ale and porter brewery, the first of the kind established in this county, was erected in the hamlet of Kelsterton, in the year 1818, and is conducted upon a very extensive scale and with great advantage to the proprietors: from this establishment part of the city of Chester, and this and the adjoining counties are supplied."
[ A Topographical Dictionary of Wales, S. Lewis, 1834]

The town of Connah's Quay began to develop some two hundred years ago, on the banks of the estuary of the River Dee, in the parish of Northop. By the mid-Victorian period, it had become a busy port, with a thriving ship-building industry.
The precise identity of "Connah" remains uncertain, despite considerable activity by researchers. The parish registers of the adjacent parish of Hawarden have entries for Connah (under various spellings) dating from the sixteenth century - it is generally believed that there is a connection.
The new parish of Connah's Quay was created on 31 January 1844, from the townships of Wepre, Golftyn, Kelsterton, Leadbrook Major and Leadbrook Minor (all formerly in the parish of Northop).
In 1872, the townships of Leadbrook Major and Leadbrook Minor were transferred to the parish of Flint.


  • Armstrong, John  and David Fowler.    The coastal trade of Connah's Quay in the early twentieth century       Flintshire Historical Society journal, Vol. 34  1996   Welsh Journals Online  
  • Ashton, Ralph.  Twenty-four fathoms deep 'Sarah Lathom' of Connah's Quay      Cymru a'r môr, 17 (1995), p. 104-112.
  • Bell, G A.     Description of a scheme for the canalization of the River Dee from Chester to Connah's Quay     Chester : Minshull and Hughes, 1861.
  • Boyd, James I. C.    The Wrexham, Mold and Connah's Quay railway          Oxford : Oakwood Press, 1991.
  • Connah's Quay          Tenterden, Kent : Estate Publications, [1994].
  • Connah's Quay parish magazine.         [Connah's Quay] : Connah's Quay Parish Church, 1989
  • Copp, Sue.   100 years of scouting in Connah's Quay    Wrexham : Bridge Books, 2007.
  • Flintshire Towns: Connah's Quay, Holywell, Mold          Fourth revision.Tenterden : Estate Publications, 2000.
  • Hawkes, G I.    The founder of the port of Connah's Quay?    Flintshire Historical Society journal, Vol. 32  1989     Welsh Journals Online  
  • Jones, W. Emyr.    Connah's Quay, Flintshire : issued with the authority of Connah's Quay Urban District Council.         Ramsgate : Norman Martell , 1971.
  • Last link with Connah's Quay :      Country Quest (October 1996), p. 46-8
  • Official guide to the Connah's Quay Urban District Flintshire :          Croydon : Home Publishing Co., 1945?
  • Parry, Paul.     The Carters of Cornwall, Connah's Quay and Ffynnongroew      (Writings by W.E.A. Members) 10 (1989), p. 8-11
  • Rules of the Connah's Quay Shipwrights' Association.          Runcorn : Woodland Bros., 1875.
  • Shields, Sylvia.     Portrait of a Connah's Quay girl. Volume 2, The growing years            Connah's Quay : I*D Books, 2001.
  • Smith, Janet  and J. Phillips.         A walk in Wepre Country Park, Connah's Quay        Proceedings of the Dyserth and district field club, (1997), p. 44-46
  • The official guide to Connah's Quay in Flintshire / published by authority of the Urban District Council.         Cheltenham : Ed. J. Burrow & Co., [1950?]
  • The Wrexham, Mold & Connah's Quay Railway.          [St. Albans, Eng.] : Oakwood Press, 1957.
  • Trickett, Bernard,   David Pryce Morris, John and Maureen Coppack.       Connah's Quay, Shotton and Queensferry          [Market Drayton] : S.B. Publications, 1991.
  • Whitchurch, Wrexham, Mold, and Connah's Quay Junction Railway :         [London] : [H. Kemshead, printer], 1862.

In addition to the churchyard at St. Mark's parish church (now closed to further burials), there is a large public cemetery in Bryn Road (OS ref. SJ 288697).
The cemetery, which was opened about 1883, is still in use, and is administered by Flintshire County Council. The opening time is 8.00 a.m. until sunset. There is a full time Sexton in attendance.
The cemetery records, from 1883 to date, are held at the Flintshire County offices in Flint.
Researchers who wish to see the cemetery records must make a prior appointment, by contacting :

  • Flintshire County Council,
    Housing and Community Services,
    Cemeteries Section,
    County Offices,
    CH6 5BD.

    Tel: 01352 703360
    Fax: 01352 703373


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Connah's Quay area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Church History

See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph of St Andrews Methodist Church Ordnance Survey reference SJ 291699.
The church of St. Mark, Connah's Quay was consecrated on 16 August 1837, initially as a district church within the parish of Northop.

"On Wednesday week, the new Church of St. Mark, at Connah's Quay, was consecrated by the Bishop of St. Asaph.
The building was raised by voluntary subscription to supply the want of church room, for the increasing population of a large district in the parish of Northop. It is calculated to hold about 600, and is finished with a neatness and taste which reflect the highest credit on all who have been concerned in its erection."
[From The Chester Chronicle of 25 August 1837]

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 Connah's Quay:

Name of ChapelDenominationNumber of "adherents"
Rehoboth - WelshCongregational98
Not named - WelshCalvinistic Methodist73
GolftynEnglish Presbyterian200
WepreEnglish Presbyterian250
Not namedMethodist New Connexion800
Not namedPrimitive Methodist200
Not named - EnglishWesleyan200
Seion - WelshWesleyan50

Church Records

  • The following nonconformist registers for the Connah's Quay area are held at the Flintshire Record Office, Hawarden.
    They have not been filmed; and they have not been incorporated into the I.G.I. :
Name of ChapelDenominationType of RecordYears Covered
Connah's Quay and Hawarden circuitMethodistBaptisms1902 - 1989
Bethel, Chapel StreetMethodistMarriages1950 - 1957
  • Note - many of the Methodist chapels were grouped into "Circuits", with one set of registers serving the Circuit; and it may not always be possible to identify the particular chapel in which the ceremony was performed.
    Over the years, there have been several re-organisations of these Circuits in the eastern part of Flintshire. It is therefore advisable to also search the Methodist registers for the Buckley, Hawarden and Saltney areas.

Civil Registration

The new parish of Connah's Quay was assigned to the No. 3 ("Flint") sub-district of the Holywell Registration District, which was co-extensive with the Holywell poor law Union.

Connah's Quay was transferred to the Hawarden Registration District in 1971.

In the GRO indexes to civil registration, entries for Connah's Quay are found under:

  • Years 1837 - 1851: Holywell XXVII. nnn
  • Years 1852 - 1946: Holywell 11b. nnn

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

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Connah's Quay which are provided by:

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Connah's Quay has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SJ291698 (Lat/Lon: 53.220488, -3.063359), Connah's Quay which are provided by:


  • In 1831- Connah's Quay was not a separate parish.
  • In 1901- the population was 3396.
    [ Royal Commission on the Welsh Church - October 1907]


Archdeacon Thomas (1911) gives the area of the parish as 2206 acres.