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Northop / Llaneurgain

"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.

Bibliography

Church History

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
Salem Calvinistic Methodist 107
Sychtyn Calvinistic Methodist 146
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
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Church Records

Parish Registers

Baptisms Marriages Burials
1590 - 1980 1590 - 1993 1590 - 1957
Baptisms Marriages Burials
1590 - 1812 1590 - 1812 1590 - 1812

Bishop's Transcripts

Deposited at the National Library of Wales Microfilmed copies
1662 - 1852 1791 - 1852

I.G.I.

Type of Record Years Covered I.G.I. Batch Number
Baptisms 1813 - 1847 C061741
Marriages None -

Nonconformist Records

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
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Civil Registration

When Civil Registration was introduced (on 1 July 1837), the parish of Northop was assigned to the No. 3 ("Flint") 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 Northop are found under:

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

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Description and Travel

Northop Village site

Northop - on wikipedia

Maps

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

Population

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Statistics

Archdeacon Thomas (1911) gives the area of the parish as 3260 acres.
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