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Meliden / Allt Melyd

"Meliden comprises an extensive tract of rich arable and pasture land, which is in a high state of cultivation: the surface is in general flat, and the whole district, extending to Rhuddlan, is remarkably fertile"
[ A Topographical Dictionary of Wales, S. Lewis, 1834]

Meliden is one of the ancient parishes of Flintshire. An early recorded reference is in the "Lincoln Taxation" of 1291, but it was also recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086. The parish originally comprised the townships of Meliden, Prestatyn and Nant; but Prestatyn and Nant were lost to the new parish of Prestatyn in 1860.

 

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Church History

Ordnance Survey reference SJ 063811.
Some parts of the church fabric are believed to date from the thirteenth century; but the building was extensively restored in 1884. The dedication is to St. Melyd.

The Clwyd FHS website has a photograph of the church.

The Parish of Meliden

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 Meliden :

Name of Chapel Denomination Number of "adherents"
Mynydd Sion Calvinistic Methodist 75
Salem - Welsh Wesleyan 171
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Church Records

Parish Registers

Baptisms Marriages Burials
1602 - 1973 1603 - 1982 1602 - 1996
Baptisms Marriages Burials
1602 - 1812 1603 - 1812 1602 - 1812

Bishop's Transcripts

Deposited at the National Library of Wales Microfilmed copies
1668 - 1851 1674 - 1851

I.G.I.

Type of Record Years Covered I.G.I. Batch Number
Baptisms 1813 - 1851 C056641
Marriages None -

Nonconformist Records

Name of Chapel Denomination Type of Record Years Covered
Salem Wesleyan Births and Baptisms 1856 - 1971
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Civil Registration

When Civil Registration was introduced (on 1 July 1837), the parish of Meliden was assigned to the No. 1 ("St. Asaph") sub-district of the St. Asaph Registration District, which was co-extensive with the St. Asaph poor law Union.

In the GRO indexes to civil registration, entries for Meliden are found under:

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

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Description and Travel

Meliden - on wikipedia

Meliden-Gallt Melyd

Meliden 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 1484 acres.
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