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Whitford / Chwitffordd

"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 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 Chapel Denomination Number of "adherents"
Penygelli, Lloc - Welsh Baptist 50
Bethel, Mostyn, Welsh Calvinistic Methodist 145
Carmel Calvinistic Methodist 87
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
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Church Records

Parish Registers

Baptisms Marriages Burials
1643 - 1938 1656 - 1926 1662 - 1882
Baptisms Marriages Burials
1643 - 1812 1656 - 1812 1662 - 1812

Bishop's Transcripts

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
Marriages None -

Nonconformist Records

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
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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:

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

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Description and Travel

Whitford - on Vision of Britain


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 3500 acres.
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