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"This parish rises for the most part gradually from the shore of the wide æstuary of the Dee, by which it is bounded on the east and north-east, into hills of considerable elevation. ..... The village, which is of small size, but contains several neat houses, is pleasantly situated at no great distance from the Chester and Holyhead road, and near the head of a small valley, which, deepening in its course, stretches towards the sea, having its sides beautifully fringed with woods."
[ A Topographical Dictionary of Wales, S. Lewis, 1834]

Whitford is one of the "ancient parishes" of Flintshire. It originally comprised the nine townships of Bychton, Ednywain (or Trefednywain), Maesbledrys, Mertyn Isglan, Mertyn Uwch Glan, Tre'rabad, Tre'r Llan (or Whitford Lan), Tre Mostyn and Whitford Garn.
On 23 May 1844, it lost the townships of Bychton and Mertyn Isglan, and part of the township of Tre Mostyn, to the newly created parish of Mostyn.
On 19 August 1853, part of the township of Mertyn Uwch Glan was lost to the new parish of Gorsedd.


  • Beer, Adolf W          View taken from Pennant's historyof the parishes of Whitford and Holywell       Flintshire Historical Society journal, Vol.6  1917   Welsh Journals Online
  • Davies, Ellis Canon       Whitford Church ( St Bueno and St Mary)        Flintshire Historical Society journal, Vol.13  1952/3   Welsh Journals Online
  • Metcalfe,  Peter Redfern.    The Whitford poor book       Hel achau, No. 62 (Nov. 1999), p. 24-29.
  • Mostyn, E.M. Lloyd.         Hanes gosodiad carreg-sylfaen eglwys Gorsedd, ym mhlwyf Whitford, Swydd Fflint, yr hyn a wnaethpwyd ar ddydd Llun Pasg, MDCCCLII     W. Morris : Swyddfa'r Cymro, 1852.
  • Roberts, Dewi.    Wonderful Whitford       Country Quest. (February 2005), p. 29
  • Tennant, Rowland.      A history of six villages          Holywell : Rowland Tennant, 2003.
  • Tennant, Rowland.             Mynydd y Garreg Tower, Whitford        Clwyd Historian = Hanes Bro Clwyd. No. 58 (Spring 2008), p. 21-22.


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Whitford area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Church History

Ordnance Survey reference SJ 146782.
The Clwyd FHS website has a photograph of the church.

Church of St Mary and St Beuno, Whitford - on CPAT

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 Whitford :

Name of ChapelDenominationNumber of "adherents"
Penygelli, Lloc - WelshBaptist50
Bethel, Mostyn, WelshCalvinistic Methodist145
CarmelCalvinistic Methodist87
Salem, Llanerchymor - WelshCalvinistic Methodist170
Cyssegr, Mostyn - WelshCongregational150
Not named, Mostyn - EnglishCongregational150
Llynhelyg - WelshCongregational37
Zion, Mostyn - WelshCongregational120
Bryn Seion - WelshWesleyan200
Lloc - WelshWesleyan104

Church Records

  • The following nonconformist registers for the Whitford / Mostyn 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, the Denbighshire Record Office and the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth.
    All, except Cysegr, 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
Bethel, Rhewl MostynCalvinistic MethodistBirths and Baptisms1814 - 1837C098231
Seion, CarmelCalvinistic MethodistBirths and Baptisms1815 - 1837C098221
Salem, Llanerch y MorCalvinistic MethodistBirths and Baptisms1829 - 1837C098201
Cysegr, Rhewl MostynIndependent / CongregationalBirths and Baptisms1821 - 1837-
  • The following nonconformist registers for the Whitford / Mostyn area are held either at the Flintshire Record Office, Hawarden (FRO) or at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth (NLW).
    They have not been filmed; and they have not been incorporated into the I.G.I. :
Name of ChapelDenominationType of RecordYears CoveredHeld at
Salem, Llanerch y MorCalvinistic MethodistBaptisms1919 - 1964NLW
Cysegr, MostynCongregationalBaptisms1832 - 1900NLW
Seion, CarmelCongregationalBurials1862 - 1988FRO

Civil Registration

When Civil Registration was introduced (on 1 July 1837), the parish of Whitford 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 Whitford 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

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Whitford 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 SJ146781 (Lat/Lon: 53.292943, -3.282706), Whitford which are provided by:


  • In 1831- the population was 3333.
  • In 1901- the population was 908.
    [ Royal Commission on the Welsh Church - October 1907]


Archdeacon Thomas (1911) gives the area of the parish as 3500 acres.