See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph of Hope, St Cynfarch Ordnance Survey reference SJ 309583.
There is evidence that a wooden church stood on the site during the 12th century. This was replaced by a stone building in the late 13th century. The north nave was built circa 1500, with the tower being added some years later. Extensive "restoration" took place in 1859, and again in 1885.
Before the restoration of 1885 :
"The Churchwarden's boxes rose majestically to the height of seven feet, and some large holes cut in the front through which the head might be emerged were the only means by which the occupants could obtain a satisfactory view of the outer world."
[From The History of the Diocese of St. Asaph , Ven. D.R. Thomas, 1908]
Urgent and extensive structural repairs to the fabric of the church were undertaken during the year 2000; and the church was re-opened, and re-dedicated by the Bishop of St. Asaph, on Sunday, 17 December 2000.
The church is currently dedicated to Saint Cynfarch and Saint Cyngar; although at various times in the past it appears to have been dedicated to either one or the other.
The Clwyd FHS website has a photograph of the church.
Hope Parish site
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 Hope :
|Name of Chapel||Denomination||Number of "adherents"|
|Sion, Coed Talon||Calvinistic Methodist||150|
|Bethel, Caergwrle - Welsh||Congregational||110|
|Castle Farm, Caergwrle - English||Congregational||80|
|Cromwell's Hill, Caergwrle - English||Congregational||Not stated|
|Penuel, Llanfynydd - Welsh||Congregational||50|
|Not named, Pontybodkin - Welsh||Congregational||115|
|Bethlehem, Cefnybedd||English Presbyterian||180|
|Not named, Caergwrle||English Presbyterian||220|
|Sion, Penyffordd||English Presbyterian||85|
|Not named, Caergwrle||Primitive Methodist||35|
|Not named, Penyffordd||Primitive Methodist||150|
|Not named, Caergwrle||United Methodist Free Church||103|
|Carmel, Cymau - Welsh||Wesleyan||73|
|Moriah - Welsh||Wesleyan||105|
|Ffrith - Welsh||Wesleyan||125|
|Not named, Caergwrle - English||Wesleyan||100|