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(The alternative - anglicised - spelling, "Nerquis", is often found in older documents)
Nercwys is regarded as being one of the ancient parishes of Flintshire; although it was a chapelry of the ancient parish of Mold until, on 27 May 1844, it officially became a separate parish, comprising the townships of Nercwys and Arddunwent.
In practice, Nercwys had long operated as a separate parish, although it was held jointly with Treuddyn until 1832.
- Doyle, Patrick J The Giffards of Nerquis Flintshire Historical Society journal, Vol. 24 1969/70 Welsh Journals Online
- Griffiths, David. Nercwys - fy atgofion i = Nercwys as I knew it Caerwys : Gwasg Gwenffrwd, 1973.
- Griffiths, Michael and Paul S. Parry. In search of the coal mines of Nercwys Greenfeild : Greenfield Valley Historical Society, 
- Jones, George, Sychtyn. Cofiant y Parch. John Davies, Nerquis Gwrecsam : Argraffwyd gan Hughes a'i Fab, 1907.
- Jones, George.(Nerquis, gynt) George Ingman, Nerquis Yr Wyddgrug : Swyddfa J. Ll. Morris, 1885.
- Nercwys : Nercwys 2000 Millennium Committee. Wrexham : Bridge Books, c2000.
- Roberts, Gladys L. A stroll down memory lane in "Olde" Nercwys [Buckley] : [Gladys Lloyd Roberts] 1999.
- Smith, B. & M. Blagojovic and J. Phillips. An afternoon visit to Coed Nercwys Proceedings of the Dyserth and district field club, (2004), p. 55-57.
- Williams, Peter Howell. Elizabeth Giffard of Nerquis Hall. [Part 1] Clwyd Historian = Hanes Bro Clwyd. No. 27 (Autumn 1991), p. 2-11
- Williams, Peter Howell. Elizabeth Giffard of Nerquis Hall. [Part 2] Clwyd Historian = Hanes Bro Clwyd. No. 28 (Spring 1992), p. 12-17
Ordnance Survey reference SJ 234604.
The earliest reference to a church at Nercwys dates from 1291.
The church was extensively restored and enlarged in 1847, and again in 1883.
The Clwyd FHS website has a photograph of the church.
Nercwys church - on CPAT
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 Nerquis (sic):
|Name of Chapel||Denomination||Number of "adherents"|
- The following nonconformist registers for the Nercwys 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.
|Name of Chapel||Denomination||Type of Record||Years Covered||I.G.I. Batch Number|
|Zoar||Calvinistic Methodist||Births and Baptisms||1829||C098411|
- The following nonconformist registers for the Nercwys area are held at the Flintshire Record Office, Hawarden.
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|
|"Baptisms by Revd. John Davies"||Calvinistic Methodist||Baptisms||1834 - 1879|
"The earliest register begins with 1665, and had a narrow escape many years ago, when thieves broke into the church and carried away the iron box in which they were kept; and being disappointed at not finding the Communion plate, set fire to the registers."
[From The History of the Diocese of St. Asaph , Ven. D.R. Thomas, 1908]
When Civil Registration was introduced (on 1 July 1837), the parish of Nercwys was assigned to the No. 4 ("Mold") 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 Nercwys 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 Nercwys which are provided by:
You can see the administrative areas
in which Nercwys 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 SJ231610 (Lat/Lon: 53.140565, -3.151084), Nercwys which are provided by:
- In 1831- Not quoted.
- In 1901- the population was 803.
[ Royal Commission on the Welsh Church - October 1907]
Archdeacon Thomas (1911) gives the area of the parish as 2280 acres.