"This place, which has obtained its present appellation in contradistinction to East, or Queen's Hope, was by the Welsh called "Llan-Eurgain," from the dedication of its first church to St. Eurgain, niece of St. Asaph, the second bishop of the see which from him derived its name. The parish, which is of very considerable extent, is situated on the estuary of the Dee, by which it is bounded on the north-east, and is traversed by the roads from Chester to Holyhead, and from Mold to Holywell, which cross each other near the church. .... The village, which is large, is pleasantly situated in a fertile and beautiful tract of country, abounding with finely varied and highly picturesque scenery, and is surrounded on all sides by elegant villas and handsome seats, inhabited by opulent families. .... The parish is rich in mineral treasure: coal and lead-ore have been worked here for several centuries; an extensive colliery is still carried on in the hamlet of Soughton, and several shafts are now being sunk on the Northop Hall estate, in the hamlets of Northop and Kelsterton."
[ A Topographical Dictionary of Wales, S. Lewis, 1834]
Northop is one of the ancient parishes of Flintshire, and originally consisted of the eight townships of Caerfallwch, Golftyn, Kelsterton, Leadbrook Major, Leadbrook Minor, Northop, Soughton (or Sychtyn) and Wepre.
In 1844, the townships of Leadbrook, Kelsterton, Golftyn and Wepre went to the newly created parish of Connah's Quay.
(In 1872, the two townships of Leadbrook were transferred from Connah's Quay to Flint.)
In 1865, part of the township of Caerfallwch went to the newly created parish of Rhydymwyn.
In 1876, the remainder of the township of Caerfallwch went to the newly created parish of Caerfallwch.
See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph of Northrop Hall, English Presbyterian Chapel
Ordnance Survey reference SJ 246685.
There is evidence of a church at Northop as early as the 6th century. The present building was extensively re-built in 1840, and underwent further alterations in 1877.
The church is dedicated to Saints Peter and Eurgain.
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 Northop :
|Name of Chapel||Denomination||Number of "adherents"|
|Pantygof - Welsh||Baptist||95|
|Bethel, Rhosesmor||Calvinistic Methodist||226|
|Jerusalem, Rhosesmor - Welsh||Congregational||38|
|Bryn Seion, Sychtyn - Welsh||Congregational||97|
|Not named - English||Congregational||45|
|Not named, Northop Hall||English Presbyterian||260|
|Mount Gilead, Northop Hall||Methodist New Connexion||320|
|Not named - Welsh||Wesleyan||40|
|1590 - 1980||1590 - 1993||1590 - 1957|
|1590 - 1812||1590 - 1812||1590 - 1812|
|Deposited at the National Library of Wales||Microfilmed copies|
|1662 - 1852||1791 - 1852|
|Type of Record||Years Covered||I.G.I. Batch Number|
|Baptisms||1813 - 1847||C061741|
|Name of Chapel||Denomination||Type of Record||Years Covered||I.G.I. Batch Number|
|Salem||Calvinistic Methodist||Births and Baptisms||1806 - 1837||C098341|
|Name of Chapel||Denomination||Type of Record||Years Covered|
|Northop Hall (not named)||Wesleyan Methodist||Baptisms||1863 - 1933|
In the GRO indexes to civil registration, entries for Northop are found under:
(GRO index references have no relevance at the local Superintendent Registrar's Office)
Northop Village site
Northop - on wikipedia
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
Archdeacon Thomas (1911) gives the area of the parish as 3260 acres.
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