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"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.


  • 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


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


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 ChapelDenominationNumber of "adherents"
Acstyn - WelshBaptist35
GwespyrCalvinistic Methodist136
Gwynfa, PenyfforddCalvinistic Methodist120
GronantCalvinistic Methodist189
Moriah, FfynnongroywCalvinistic Methodist180
TreloganCalvinistic Methodist249
Sarn - WelshCongregational98
Siloa, Fynnongroyw - WelshCongregational100
St. Andrew's, Ffynnongroyw - EnglishCongregational65
Bethania, Ffynnongroyw - WelshWesleyan360
Bethel, Gronant - WelshWesleyan100
Groes - WelshWesleyan170
Gwespyr - WelshWesleyan140
Mynydd Seion, Trelogan - WelshWesleyan90
Peniel, Penyffordd - WelshWesleyan130

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 ChapelDenominationType of RecordYears CoveredI.G.I. Batch Number
Gronant, Mynydd SeionCalvinistic MethodistBirths and Baptisms1818 - 1836C098311
Trelogan, DisgwlfaCalvinistic MethodistBirths and Baptisms1818 - 1837C098301
  • 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 ChapelDenominationType of RecordYears CoveredHeld at
Gronant, Mynydd SeionCalvinistic MethodistBaptisms1818 - 1986FRO
GwespyrCalvinistic MethodistBaptisms1911 - 1934
1943 - 1960
Trelogan, DisgwlfaCalvinistic MethodistBaptisms1887 - 1915
1910 - 1949
"Circuit"WesleyanBirths and Baptisms1841 - 1961FRO
  • 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.


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:


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


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