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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, [1997]
  • 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


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Nercwys 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 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 ChapelDenominationNumber of "adherents"
ZoarCalvinistic Methodist194
Not namedWesleyan72

Church Records

  • 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 ChapelDenominationType of RecordYears CoveredI.G.I. Batch Number
ZoarCalvinistic MethodistBirths and Baptisms1829C098411
  • 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 ChapelDenominationType of RecordYears Covered
"Baptisms by Revd. John Davies"Calvinistic MethodistBaptisms1834 - 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]

Civil Registration

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:

Historical Geography

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.