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"The scenery is highly picturesque; and from the hills, which surround the village, are obtained some fine prospects, extending over the fertile and beautiful Vale of Clwyd, and embracing a view of the Irish Sea, and the summit of Snowdon, with the adjacent mountains. The elevated parts of the parish are thought to abound with mineral treasures; and iron stone has been found, and a forge and foundry set up in the neighbourhood for the working of it."
[From Handbook for the Vale of Clwyd , William Davis, 1856]

Cwm is one of the ancient parishes of Flintshire, comprising the two townships of Uwchllan and Isllan. It remained unaffected by the widespread creation of new parishes during the Victorian era.


Church History

Ordnance Survey reference SJ 066775
The church dates from the fourteenth century, or earlier; although it was rebuilt about 1500. There were restorations in 1881 and 1901. The church is built on a hillside, and the floor is in three levels. The dedication is to Saints Mael and Sulien.

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 Cwm:

Name of Chapel Denomination Number of "adherents"
Hebron Calvinistic Methodist 100
Mynydd Seion - Welsh Wesleyan 50
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Church Records

"Of the Registers the oldest dates from 1727, but the Terrier in Register for 1764 mentions two earlier ones, dating from 1605, then lost; a similar fate nearly overtook a later one, 1791-1812, which being advertised in a bookseller's catalogue in January 1890, was claimed by the Rector and the Archdeacon of St. Asaph, and after a trial in a Magistrate's Court in London was recovered for the church".
[From The History of the Diocese of St. Asaph , Ven. D.R. Thomas, 1908]

Parish Registers

Baptisms Marriages Burials
1727 - 1939 1727 - 1971 1727 - 1913
Baptisms Marriages Burials
1727 - 1812 1727 - 1837 1727 - 1812

Bishop's Transcripts

Deposited at the National Library of Wales Microfilmed copies
1666 - 1838 1666 - 1837
Deposited at Flintshire Record Office Microfilmed copies
1841 - 1850 None


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Civil Registration

When Civil Registration was introduced (on 1 July 1837), the parish of Cwm 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 Cwm are found under:

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

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Description and Travel

Cwm - 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 4000 acres.
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