"This parish rises for the most part gradually from the shore of the wide ęstuary 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.
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 Chapel||Denomination||Number of "adherents"|
|Penygelli, Lloc - Welsh||Baptist||50|
|Bethel, Mostyn, Welsh||Calvinistic Methodist||145|
|Salem, Llanerchymor - Welsh||Calvinistic Methodist||170|
|Cyssegr, Mostyn - Welsh||Congregational||150|
|Not named, Mostyn - English||Congregational||150|
|Llynhelyg - Welsh||Congregational||37|
|Zion, Mostyn - Welsh||Congregational||120|
|Bryn Seion - Welsh||Wesleyan||200|
|Lloc - Welsh||Wesleyan||104|
|1643 - 1938||1656 - 1926||1662 - 1882|
|1643 - 1812||1656 - 1812||1662 - 1812|
|Deposited at the National Library of Wales||Microfilmed copies|
|1664 - 1837||1734 - 1837|
|Type of Record||Years Covered||I.G.I. Batch Number|
|Baptisms||1814 - 1837||C056731|
|Name of Chapel||Denomination||Type of Record||Years Covered||I.G.I. Batch Number|
|Bethel, Rhewl Mostyn||Calvinistic Methodist||Births and Baptisms||1814 - 1837||C098231|
|Seion, Carmel||Calvinistic Methodist||Births and Baptisms||1815 - 1837||C098221|
|Salem, Llanerch y Mor||Calvinistic Methodist||Births and Baptisms||1829 - 1837||C098201|
|Cysegr, Rhewl Mostyn||Independent / Congregational||Births and Baptisms||1821 - 1837||-|
|Name of Chapel||Denomination||Type of Record||Years Covered||Held at|
|Salem, Llanerch y Mor||Calvinistic Methodist||Baptisms||1919 - 1964||NLW|
|Cysegr, Mostyn||Congregational||Baptisms||1832 - 1900||NLW|
|Seion, Carmel||Congregational||Burials||1862 - 1988||FRO|
In the GRO indexes to civil registration, entries for Whitford are found under:
(GRO index references have no relevance at the local Superintendent Registrar's Office)
Whitford - on Vision of Britain
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
Archdeacon Thomas (1911) gives the area of the parish as 3500 acres.
Last Updated 8 Jan 2013 - Gareth Hicks
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