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Trelawnyd (formerly Newmarket)

Trelawnyd is one of the ancient parishes of Flintshire. It was originally part of the parish of Dyserth, and appears to have become a separate parish some time between 1254 and 1291. It comprises four townships - Gop, Graig, Pentreffyddion and Rhydlyfnwyd.
The name "Newmarket", now discontinued, dates back to 1700, in which year John Wynne of Copperlany obtained a faculty from the Bishop's Registry to change the name. John Wynne had already rebuilt most of the village, established several branches of industry, and set up a weekly market and an annual fair. The village and parish continued to be called Newmarket until 1954, when it was officially renamed as Trelawnyd.

An interesting snippet for family historians:

"Newmarket has for some years been the headquarters of the Mormonites, who have also a small meeting house here. These have however decreased very much of late, owing to emigration and other causes. Thirteen are at this present moment preparing to depart to the city of the Salt-Lake".
[From Handbook of the Vale of Clwyd , William Davis, 1856]


Church History

Ordnance Survey reference SJ 088796.
The church, which is dedicated to St. Michael, was rebuilt in 1724, and restored between 1895 and 1897. It is very small, being only 55 feet long by 19 feet broad.

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 Newmarket (sic):

Name of Chapel Denomination Number of "adherents"
Nazareth Calvinistic Methodist 110
Capel Mawr - Welsh Congregational 166
Bethel - Welsh Wesleyan 81
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Church Records

Parish Registers

Baptisms Marriages Burials
1696-1909 1699-1970 1696 - 1904
Baptisms Marriages Burials
1700 - 1812 1700 - 1836 1699 - 1812

Bishop's Transcripts

Deposited at the National Library of Wales Microfilmed copies
1663 - 1858 1663 - 1858


Type of Record Years Covered I.G.I. Batch Number
Baptisms 1820 - 1858 C056681
Marriages None -

Nonconformist Records

Name of Chapel Denomination Type of Record Years Covered I.G.I. Batch Number
John Wynn's Chapel Presbyterian/ Congregational Births and Baptisms 1797 - 1837 C098471
Name of Chapel Denomination Type of Record Years Covered
Capel Mawr / Ebeneser Congregational Baptisms 1796 - 1842
1953 - 1968
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Civil Registration

Note- in older civil registration and census records, the village and parish are usually described as "Newmarket".

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

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

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Description and Travel

Trelawnyd - on wikipedia


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 976 acres.
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