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Llanasa

"The beautiful village of Llanasa is situated in a pleasant valley at the northern extremity of the county, on the south-western shore of the estuary of the Dee, near its influx with the Irish sea ...... In this neighbourhood are several genteel residences."
[From A Visitor's Guide to Rhyl and its Vicinity, D. Lloyd Lewis, 1852.]

Llanasa is one of the "ancient parishes" of Flintshire. It originally comprised the townships of Gronant, Gwespyr, Kelston, Golden Grove, Picton, Axtyn and Trelogan.
In 1812, an embankment nearly two miles in length was built, allowing a large area of fertile land to be reclaimed from the sea. This area became the township of Trewaelod.
A portion of the township of Gronant was lost to the new parish of Prestatyn in 1860.

Bibliography

  • Book of reference to the plan of the Parish of Llanasa (Hundred of Prestatyn) in the county of Flint : Major-General Sir Henry James, Superintendent of the Survey.         London : Eyre & Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1872.
  • Edwards, Thos.       Historical guide to Prestatyn, Dyserth, Meliden, Newmarket, Gwaenysgor, Llanasa, Talacre, etc.       Prestatyn : John T. Burrows, [1905]
  • Golden Grove, Llanasa.       Proceedings of the Dyserth and district field club, (1986), p. 44-46
  • Hughes, J.  and J. Phillips.     Evening walk in the Llanasa area       Proceedings of the Dyserth and district field club, (1991), p. 69-73.
  • Hughes, Robert.        Cofiant y diweddar Mr Thomas Davies, Axtyn, yr hwn a fu yn flaenor am ddeugain mlynedd gyda'r Wesleyaid yn Llanasa     Treffynnon : Argraphwyd gan William Williams, [1872]
  • Llanasa :         Clwyd , 1975.
  • Morgan, Prys              Elis Gruffudd of Gronant - Tudor chronicler extrordinary             Flintshire Historical Society journal, Vol. 25 1971/72     Welsh Journals Online
  • Parry, Paul S.     Some notes on Gyrn Castle in the parish of Llanasa       [Holywell?] : [Greenfield Valley Trust?], [1993]
  • Smith, P              The old school-house, Llanasa         Flintshire Historical Society journal, Vol. 18 1960   Welsh Journals Online

Cemeteries

There is a public cemetery in Picton, opened about 1923, and administered by the local authority. The records are not available for public inspection.

Churches

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Llanasa area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Church History

Ordnance Survey reference SJ 106814.
There has been a church on the same site since the 6th Century. The shell of the present building is believed to date from the late 15th Century, but there have been several restorations and additions over the years, especially in 1739, 1746, 1818 and 1877.
The church is dedicated to St. Asaph and St. Cyndeyrn (or Kentigern).

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 Llanasa :

Name of Chapel Denomination Number of "adherents"
Acstyn - Welsh Baptist 35
Gwespyr Calvinistic Methodist 136
Gwynfa, Penyffordd Calvinistic Methodist 120
Gronant Calvinistic Methodist 189
Moriah, Ffynnongroyw Calvinistic Methodist 180
Trelogan Calvinistic Methodist 249
Sarn - Welsh Congregational 98
Siloa, Fynnongroyw - Welsh Congregational 100
St. Andrew's, Ffynnongroyw - English Congregational 65
Bethania, Ffynnongroyw - Welsh Wesleyan 360
Bethel, Gronant - Welsh Wesleyan 100
Groes - Welsh Wesleyan 170
Gwespyr - Welsh Wesleyan 140
Mynydd Seion, Trelogan - Welsh Wesleyan 90
Peniel, Penyffordd - Welsh Wesleyan 130

Church Records

  • The following nonconformist registers for the Llanasa 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 Denomination Type of Record Years Covered I.G.I. Batch Number
Gronant, Mynydd Seion Calvinistic Methodist Births and Baptisms 1818 - 1836 C098311
Trelogan, Disgwlfa Calvinistic Methodist Births and Baptisms 1818 - 1837 C098301
  • The following nonconformist registers for the Llanasa area are held at the Flintshire Record Office, Hawarden (FRO), or at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth (NLW).
    They have not been filmed; and they have not been incorporated into the I.G.I. :
Name of Chapel Denomination Type of Record Years Covered Held at
Gronant, Mynydd Seion Calvinistic Methodist Baptisms 1818 - 1986 FRO
Gwespyr Calvinistic Methodist Baptisms 1911 - 1934
1943 - 1960
NLW
Trelogan, Disgwlfa Calvinistic Methodist Baptisms 1887 - 1915
1910 - 1949
NLW
FRO
"Circuit" Wesleyan Births and Baptisms 1841 - 1961 FRO
  • Note - The Wesleyan chapels were grouped into a "Circuit", with one set of registers serving the Circuit.
    It may not always be possible to identify the particular chapel in which the ceremony was performed.

Civil Registration

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

  • Years 1837 - 1851: Holywell XXVII. nnn
  • Years 1852 - 1946: Holywell 11b. nnn

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

You can see pictures of Llanasa which are provided by:

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Llanasa has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.

Ask for a calculation of the distance from Llanasa to another place.

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

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SJ106814 (Lat/Lon: 53.321937, -3.343630), Llanasa which are provided by:

Population

  • In 1831- the population was 2373.
  • In 1901- the population was 1718.
    [ Royal Commission on the Welsh Church - October 1907]

Statistics

Archdeacon Thomas (1911) gives the area of the parish of Llanasa as 6000 acres.