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Holywell / Treffynnon

"The town of Holywell is situated on the estuary of the Dee nearly opposite to Parkgate. ... It is built on the declevity of a hill gradually extending to the sea, the surrounding hills forming a kind of amphitheatre. ... The town of Holywell ranks the first in the principality of Wales. Its inhabitants are intelligent and enterprising, and few places can boast of society being better cemented, or good cheer and hospitality more uniformly practised."
[From The Histories of Holywell, Flint, St. Asaph and Rhuddlan, Poole, 1831]

Holywell is one of the "ancient parishes" of Flintshire. It originally comprised the townships of Holywell, Brynford, Bagillt Fawr, Bagillt Fechan, Calcot, Coleshill Fawr, Coleshill Fechan, Greenfield, Stokyn and Wellstone (or Trefynnon).
On 23 May 1844, the new parish of Bagillt was created from the townships of Bagillt Fawr, Bagillt Fechan, Coleshill Fawr and Coleshill Fechan.
In 1854, most of the township of Brynford was lost to the new parish of Brynford.
In 1983, the area of Wellstone was transferred to the parish of Brynford.




In addition to the churchyard of St. James Parish Church, there is a public cemetery in Fron Park Road.
The cemetery, which was opened about 1910, is still in use, and is administered by Flintshire County Council. The opening time is 8.00 a.m. until sunset.
The cemetery records, from 1910 to 1927, and from 1936 to date, are held at the Flintshire County offices in Flint.
Researchers who wish to see the cemetery records mustmake a prior appointment, by contacting :
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Church History

Ordnance Survey reference SJ 185763
The church in Holywell was founded bt St. Beuno during the seventh century, and was dedicated to St. Winifred, his niece, for many centuries. However, after extensive rebuilding in 1769/1770, it was re-dedicated to St. James the Apostle. There was a further renovation, including a considerable amount of rebuilding and alteration, during 1884/1885.

The Clwyd FHS website has a photograph of the church.

There is a district church at Greenfield.

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 "Holywell Urban District":

Name of Chapel Denomination Number of "adherents"
Bethel - Welsh Baptist 230
Rehoboth Calvinistic Methodist 476
Penymaes Calvinistic Methodist Not stated
Chapel Street - Welsh Congregational 298
Tabernacle - English Congregational 130
Not named English Presbyterian 135
Pendre - Welsh Wesleyan 305
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Church Records

Parish Registers

Baptisms Marriages Burials
1677 - 1995 1677 - 1997 1677 - 1978
Baptisms Marriages Burials
1677 - 1825 1677 - 1812 1677 - 1812

Bishop's Transcripts

Deposited at the National Library of Wales Microfilmed copies
1667 - 1866 1667 - 1866


Type of Record Years Covered I.G.I. Batch Number
Baptisms 1823 - 1848 C056621
Marriages None -

Nonconformist Records

Name of Chapel Denomination Type of Record Years Covered I.G.I. Batch Number
Rehoboth Calvinistic Methodist Births and Baptisms 1809 - 1837 C098191
Seion, Chapel Street Congregational Births and Baptisms 1800 - 1837 C098511
Pendre, Chester Road Wesleyan Births and Baptisms 1809 - 1837 C098401
Name of Chapel Denomination Type of Record Years Covered
Tabernacle Congregational Baptisms, Marriages and Burials 1867 - 1986
Spring Gardens English Presbyterian Baptisms 1951 - 1971
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Civil Registration

When Civil Registration was introduced (on 1 July 1837), the parish of Holywell was assigned to the No. 2 ("Holywell") 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 Holywell are found under:

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

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Description and Travel

Holywell Town site

Holywell - on wikipedia

Holywell - on


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

Map of the road from St Asaph to Greenfield            Flintshire Historical Society journal, Vol.9  1922   Welsh Journals Online


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Archdeacon Thomas (1911) gives the area of the parish, including Greenfield, as 3200 acres.
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