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"The mother parish comprises an area of 4110 acres in the ten townships of Crickin, Yscawen, Pentre, Brynbychan, Brynywal, Cefndy, Brynhedydd, Trellewelyn, Rhydorddwy and Rhyl ..... "
[From The History of the Diocese of St. Asaph , Ven. D.R. Thomas, 1908]

Rhuddlan is one of the ancient parishes of Flintshire, featuring prominently in the Domesday book; at which time it was a stronghold of Robert, the nephew of Hugh Lupus, Earl of Chester.
On the 23rd May 1844, the townships of Rhyl and Brynhedydd were lost to the new parish of Rhyl; and more land was transferred from the parish of Rhuddlan to Rhyl shortly after the opening of the district church of St. Ann in 1896.


Church History

Ordnance Survey reference SJ 021781.
The earliest recorded mention of the church at Rhuddlan dates from the end of the Eighth Century. It features prominently in the Domesday book (AD 1086).
The church was extensively restored in 1870.
"The Church, dedicated to St. Mary, is an ancient structure, partly in the early style of English architecture, consisting of a nave, chancel, and north aisle; and containing some interesting monuments to the family of Bodryddan, especially one of white marble, erected to the memory of the Very Rev. W.D. Shipley, Dean of St. Asaph, who was buried in an elegant mausoleum adjoining, which was erected by himself during his life."
[From Handbook for the Vale of Clwyd, William Davis, 1856]
The Clwyd FHS website has a photograph of the church.
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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 Rhuddlan :

Name of Chapel Denomination Number of "adherents"
Seion - Welsh Baptist 120
Ebenezer Calvinistic Methodist 340
Goshen - Welsh Congregational 34
Tabernacle - Welsh Wesleyan 99
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Church Records

Parish Registers

Baptisms Marriages Burials
1681 - 1918 1681 - 1918 1681 - 1934
Baptisms Marriages Burials
1681 - 1812 1682 - 1837 1681 - 1812

Bishop's Transcripts

Deposited at the National Library of Wales Microfilmed copies
1681 - 1834 1681 - 1834


Type of Record Years Covered I.G.I. Batch Number
Baptisms 1815 - 1834 C056711
Marriages None -

Nonconformist Records

Name of Chapel Denomination Type of Record Years Covered I.G.I. Batch Number
Seion Baptist Births 1826 - 1827 C098601
Ebeneser Calvinistic Methodist Births and Baptisms 1815 - 1837 C101211
Gosen Presbyterian / Congregational Births and Baptisms 1810 - 1837 ?
Name of Chapel Denomination Type of Record Years Covered
Tabernacle Wesleyan Births and Baptisms 1860 - 1900
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Civil Registration

When Civil Registration was introduced (on 1 July 1837), the parish of Rhuddlan 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 Rhuddlan are found under:

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

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Description and Travel

Rhuddlan - on wikipedia

Rhuddlan - on

Rhuddlan Castle - on Castle Wales

Rhuddlan Town Council


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 4000 acres.
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