Dyserth is one of the ancient parishes of Flintshire, comprising the townships of Dyserth, Llewerllyd, Rhyd and Trecastell. The name Dyserth is believed by some scholars to indicate one of the early methods of Christian evangelisation - by hermits; it occurs in several parishes in Wales, and in many parishes in Ireland, as Dysart. The site of Dyserth Castle stands high on the rocky hill which dominates the village. Now almost nothing remains other than banks and ditch defences of the outer ward. Other evidence survived until the early part of this century, but has since been destroyed by the very extensive quarrying that has taken place in the area. The Castle was constructed by Henry III following his defeat of Dafydd ap Llywelyn in 1241, and was completed by 1250. It had a very short history, as it was destroyed in 1262 after a siege of some six weeks, by the Welsh, under the leadership of Llywelyn the last.
Ordnance Survey reference SJ 056794.
The church was mentioned in the Domesday book. It is located in the lower part of the village, near to the famous waterfall. The church has had two different dedications, formerly to St Cwyfan, whose cross stands on the border of the parish with Whitford; and currently to St Bridget (or the Welsh St Ffraid).
The church had become very dilapidated, and was extensively restored/rebuilt by Sir Gilbert Scott betwen 1873 and 1875. The Jesse window at the east end of the church is said to be one of the finest examples of Medieval stained glass in North Wales.
In the churchyard there are a number of very interesting graves, including a group of seventeenth century tomb-chests and table tombs.
The Clwyd FHS website has a photograph of the church.
The following nonconformist registers for the Dyserth 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
1823 - 1837
The following nonconformist registers for the Dyserth 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. :
When Civil Registration was introduced (on 1 July 1837), the parish of Dyserth 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 Dyserth are found under:
Years 1837 - 1851: St. Asaph XXVII. nnn
Years 1852 - 1946: St. Asaph 11b. nnn
(GRO index references have no relevance at the local Superintendent Registrar's Office)
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
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SJ056790 (Lat/Lon: 53.299502, -3.417956), Dyserth which are provided by: