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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.


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 Chapel Denomination Number of "adherents"
Zoar Calvinistic Methodist 194
Not named Wesleyan 72
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Church Records

"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]

Parish Registers

Baptisms Marriages Burials
1665 - 1960 1669 - 1970 1669 - 1856
Baptisms Marriages Burials
1665 - 1812 1669 - 1812 1669 - 1812

Bishop's Transcripts

Deposited at the National Library of Wales Microfilmed copies
1670 - 1851 1670 - 1851


Type of Record Years Covered I.G.I. Batch Number
Baptisms 1813 - 1851 C056671
Marriages None -

Nonconformist Records

Name of Chapel Denomination Type of Record Years Covered I.G.I. Batch Number
Zoar Calvinistic Methodist Births and Baptisms 1829 C098411
Name of Chapel Denomination Type of Record Years Covered
"Baptisms by Revd. John Davies" Calvinistic Methodist Baptisms 1834 - 1879
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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:

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

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Description and Travel

Nercwys - on wikipedia

Nercwys photographs - on


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


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Archdeacon Thomas (1911) gives the area of the parish as 2280 acres.
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