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"The consolidated chapelry of Rhesycae was constituted by an Order in Council, June 27th, 1848, out of the township of Hendrefigillt, in Halkin, the township of Trellyniau, and part of that of Llysdianhunedd, in Cilcain, and that portion of the township of Trellan Ucha, in Ysceifiog, which lies to the south of the ridge of Penucha'r Plwyf, and abuts on Rhesycae."
[From The History of the Diocese of St. Asaph , Ven. D.R. Thomas, 1908-1911]

The new parish of Rhesycae was created on 27 June 1848, from parts of the parishes of HalkynCilcain and Ysceifiog:

Church History

Ordnance Survey reference SJ 187709.
Christ Church, Rhesycae, was consecrated on 30 September 1847.

The Clwyd FHS website has a photograph of the church.

Rhesycae on the Church in Wales site

Nonconformist Churches Details of nonconformist churches in Rhesycae are to be found under Halkyn.

Church Records

  • The following nonconformist registers for the Rhesycae 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.
    They have also been incorporated into the I.G.I., as part of an "official extraction" programme :
Name of ChapelDenominationType of RecordYears CoveredI.G.I. Batch Number
EbeneserIndependent / CongregationalBirths and Baptisms1808 - 1837C098491
  • The following nonconformist registers for the Rhesycae 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
EbeneserIndependent / CongregationalBirths and Baptisms1832 - 1885

Civil Registration

The new parish of Rhesycae 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 Rhesycae 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)

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Rhesycae which are provided by:

Rhesycae - on wikipedai

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Rhesycae 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 SJ187707 (Lat/Lon: 53.227085, -3.219317), Rhesycae which are provided by:


  • In 1831- Rhesycae was not a separate parish.
  • In 1901- the population was 570.
    [ Royal Commission on the Welsh Church - October 1907]


Archdeacon Thomas (1911) does not give the area of the parish.