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Halkyn / Helygain

"The village, which has arisen within the present century, and greatly increased since the discovery of some rich mines in the vicinity, is pleasantly situated in a fertile district; and the elevated ground adjacent to it commands a fine prospect of the surrounding scenery which, on the north, east and south expands into an almost boundless view. .... At a small distance from the village rises the Halkin mountain, rich in mineral treasures. It extends into the parishes of Northop, Ysceiviog, and Holywell, and forms one continued series of excavations made in search of lead-ore, of which no part of the principality has been more productive."
[ A Topographical Dictionary of Wales, S. Lewis, 1849]

Halkyn is one of the "ancient parishes" of Flintshire, comprising the townships of Hendrefigillt, Lygan y Llan and Lygan y Wern. On 27 June 1848, the township of Hendrefigillt went to the new parish of Rhesycae. Archdeacon Thomas (1911) states that on 31 March 1865, part of the township of Lygan y Llan went to the new parish of Rhydymwyn, but from a study of the township boundaries, that seems to be unlikely.

 

Bibliography

Church History

Ordnance Survey reference SJ 209712.
Although there has been a church at Halkyn for at least 1000 years, the present church dates only from 1878. The old church was demolished, and an entirely new building was erected a short distance away, the cost being met in full by the Duke of Westminster. The new church was consecrated on 29 October 1878.

The Clwyd FHS website has a photograph of the church.

Church of St Mary, Halkyn - on wikipedia

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 Halkyn :

Name of Chapel Denomination Number of "adherents"
Felin y Nant Calvinistic Methodist Not stated
Sion Calvinistic Methodist 150
Ebeneser, Rhesycae - Welsh Congregational 220
Moriah - Welsh Wesleyan 248
Salem - Welsh Wesleyan 130
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Church Records

Parish Registers

Baptisms Marriages Burials
1595 - 1993 1595 - 1989 1594 - 1911
Baptisms Marriages Burials
1595 - 1812 1595 - 1837 1594 - 1812

Bishop's Transcripts

Deposited at the National Library of Wales Microfilmed copies
1666 - 1850 1670 - 1850

I.G.I.

Type of Record Years Covered I.G.I. Batch Number
Baptisms 1815 - 1850 C056611
Marriages None -

Nonconformist Records

Name of Chapel Denomination Type of Record Years Covered I.G.I. Batch Number
Seion (Pentre Halkyn) Calvinistic Methodist Births and Baptisms 1817 - 1837 C098241
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Civil Registration

When Civil Registration was introduced (on 1 July 1837), the parish of Halkyn was assigned to the No. 3 ("Flint") 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 Halkyn are found under:

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

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Description and Travel

Halkyn - on wikipedia   -   also Pentre Halkyn - also Halkyn Castle

Halkyn photographs - on geograph.org.uk

Maps

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

Population

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Statistics

Archdeacon Thomas (1911) gives the area of the parish as 1271 acres.
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