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Prestatyn

"The township is situated on the shore of the Irish Sea, in a flat district, which is highly cultivated and richly productive of all kinds of grain, but more especially of excellent wheat, for the growth of which the soil is particularly favourable."
[From Handbook for the Vale of Clwyd, William Davis, 1856]

The new parish of Prestatyn was created on the 1st August 1860, from the townships of Prestatyn and Nant, in the parish of Meliden, and part of the township of Gronant in the parish of Llanasa.

The "London Gazette" of the 3rd August 1860 defined the boundaries of the new parish thus:
All those parts of the parish of Meliden in the county of Flint and diocese of Saint Asaph which are comprised within the townships of Prestatyn and Nant.
And also all that part of the parish of Llanasa, in the same county and diocese, which is situate to the north and west of an imaginary line commencing on the boundary between the said parishes of Meliden and Llanasa at a point marked A. on the map hereunto annexed, where a boundary-stone marked with the letters and figures "P.N.P. 1860. No. 1." has been placed, and extending thence south-eastward in a straight line across the road which leads from the village of Gwaenysgor to the road which connects the town of Gronant with that of Prestatyn, to the middle of the western end of the fence which divides the close numbered 147 on the Tithe Commutation Map of the parish of Llanasa, and on the map hereunto annexed from the close numbered 148 on such maps, and extending thence eastward along the middle of such fence, and of the fences which divide the said close numbered 148 from the closes numbered respectively 146, 129, 128, 127, 123, and 122, on the said maps to the fence which divides the said close numbered 122 from the close numbered 121 on the said maps, and extending thence northward along the middle of the last-mentioned fence, and of the fences which divide the said close numbered 121 as aforesaid, and the closes numbered respectively 119 and 118 on the same maps, from the closes numbered respectively 124, 133, 134, 135, and 136, on the said maps to the middle of the road leading from the town of Gronant to Prestatyn aforesaid, and extending thence westward along the middle of such last-mentioned road, for a distance of forty-seven yards or thereabouts to a point opposite to the middle of the southern end of the fence which divides the close numbered 24 on the said maps, from the close numbered 23 on such maps, and extending thence in a direction generally northward to and along the middle of such last-mentioned fence, and along the middle of the fences which divide the said close, numbered 23 as aforesaid and the closes numbered respectively 10 and 9 on the said maps, from the closes numbered respectively 21, 22, 11, and 13 on the said maps to the northern extremity of the same fences, and extending thence in a straight line due north to the middle of tbe Chester and Ho1yhead Railway, and extending thence eastward along the middle of such railway for a distance of nine hundred and eighty-five yards or thereabouts to a point opposite to a boundary-stone marked with the letters and figures "P.N.P. 1860. No. 2." which has been placed on the northern side of the said railway, and extending thence in a straight line due north to the boundary of the said parish of Llanasa.

For a map link to this place - see under Maps on Meliden

Bibliography

Church History

Ordnance Survey reference SJ067828.
The new parish church, Christ Church, was consecrated on Wednesday, 27 May 1863.
The church was enlarged in 1905.
"The new church is situated on a very nice eminence, in the centre of the village. It is seen to advantage from almost any point of view, and gives a striking characteristic effect to the opening of the Clwydian Vale from the Chester line, and on the other hand in the view down the magnificent vale, it is the vanishing point in the picture."
[From The Rhyl Record of 4 June 1863]
The Clwyd FHS website has a photograph of the church.

Parish of Prestatyn

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 Prestatyn :

Name of Chapel Denomination Number of "adherents"
Not named - Welsh (28) Baptist 28
Rehoboth (166) Calvinistic Methodist 166
Rehoboth, Mission Calvinistic Methodist Not stated
Seion - Welsh (66) Congregational 66
Not named (80) English Presbyterian 80
Trinity (110 Methodist New Connexion 110
Bethel - Welsh (230) Wesleyan 230
Horeb - Welsh (138) Wesleyan 138
St. John's - English (100) Wesleyan 100
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Church Records

Parish Registers

Baptisms Marriages Burials
1861 - 1949 1863 - 1971 1864 - 1950

Bishop's Transcripts

I.G.I.

Nonconformist Records

Name of Chapel Denomination Type of Record Years Covered I.G.I. Batch Number
Rehoboth / Capel Ucha Calvinistic Methodist Births and Baptisms 1825 - 1837 C101271
Name of Chapel Denomination Type of Record Years Covered
Bethel and Horeb
("circuit")
Wesleyan Methodist Baptisms 1850 - 1977
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Civil Registration

The new parish of Prestatyn was assigned to the No. 1 ("St. Asaph") sub-district of the St. Asaph Registration District, which was co-extensive with the St. Asaph poor law Union.

In the GRO indexes to civil registration, entries for Prestatyn are found under:

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

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Description and Travel

Prestatyn photographs - on geogarph.org.uk

Prestatyn - visitors' site

Prestatyn - on wikipedia

Population

Statistics

Archdeacon Thomas (1911) gives the area of the parish as 987 acres.
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