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"The surface is strikingly undulated, rising into bold and abrupt eminences in various parts; and the lands, which are principally arable, with a proportion of meadow and pasture land, are in a good state of cultivation; the soil is mostly gravelly, and well adapted to the growth of corn."
[From Handbook for the Vale of Clwyd, William Davis, 1856]

Nannerch is one of the "ancient parishes" of Flintshire, comprising the townships of Trellan, Trefechan, Trecwm and Tre Penbedw (the latter was in Denbighshire until the county boundary was moved in 1897).


  • Formby, Hazel.      Nannerch - a connection with the Gunpowder Plot        Clwyd Historian = Hanes Bro Clwyd. No. 54 (Winter 2005/6), p.12-5
  • Lewis, J B            An account of the Penbedw papers in the Flintshire Record Office         Flintshire Historical Society journal, Vol. 25 1971/72     Welsh Journals Online
  • Nannerch Parish Church :         Gwernymynydd : Clwyd Family History Society, 1999.


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Nannerch area or see them printed on a map.

Church History

Ordnance Survey reference SJ 166696.
The old church, which was dedicated to St. Mary, was demolished in 1852, and a new building was erected on the same site. The new church, which is dedicated to St. Michael and All Angels, was consecrated on 29 September 1853.

"The church was designed by Thomas W. Wyatt, of London, the architect of the neighbouring churches of Brynford and Gorsedd, and that gentleman is deserving of all praise for the skill and ability displayed. The church is a model of taste and propriety for a Welsh village church."
[From Handbook for the Vale of Clwyd, William Davis, 1856]

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 Nannerch :

Name of Chapel Denomination Number of "adherents"
Penyfelin Calvinistic Methodist 140
Waendomarch - Welsh Congregational 30
Bryngoleu - Welsh Wesleyan 36


Church Records

  • The following nonconformist registers for the Nannerch 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 and the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth.
    The Pen y Felin records (only) 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
Pen y Felin Calvinistic Methodist Births and Baptisms 1820 - 1836 C098271
Waundomarch Congregational / Independent Births and Baptisms 1808 - 1837 ?


Civil Registration

When Civil Registration was introduced (on 1 July 1837), the parish of Nannerch 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 Nannerch 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 Nannerch which are provided by:

Historical Geography

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

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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 SJ167697 (Lat/Lon: 53.217788, -3.249007), Nannerch which are provided by:


  • In 1831- the population was 384.
  • In 1901- the population was 297.
    [ Royal Commission on the Welsh Church - October 1907]



Archdeacon Thomas (1911) gives the area of the parish as 2900 acres.