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Worthenbury is situated in the northern part of Maelor Saesneg, the detached part of Flintshire. It is an extensive area of fertile farmland.
For more than 600 years, life in the village of Worthenbury was dominated by the Puleston family, who were the squires of the nearby Emral Hall.
Worthenbury was originally a parochial chapelry in the parish of Bangor Is-coed. In 1658, during the Commonwealth Period, it was designated as a parish in its own right - but in 1661, after the Restoration, this was declared invalid.
In 1689, Sir Roger Puleston obtained an Act of Parliament, and Worthenbury again became a separate parish. It was in the diocese of Lichfield until 1541, when it was transferred to the newly created diocese of Chester. In 1849, it was transferred to the diocese of St. Asaph, where it remains.


Church History

Ordnance Survey reference SJ 419462.
The earliest recorded reference to a church at Worthenbury dates from 1388. The church was completely rebuilt in 1739, and the interior still retains many of its Georgian features. Many experts consider it to be the finest example of a Georgian church in the whole of Wales. The church is dedicated to St. Deiniol.

The Clwyd FHS website has a photograph of the church.

St Deiniol - on CPAT

Nonconformist Churches "Welsh Church Commission - County of Flint - The Statistics of the Nonconformist Churches for 1905"does not list any nonconformist places of worship for the Civilparish of Worthenbury.

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Church Records

Parish Registers

Baptisms Marriages Burials
1597 - 1749
1755 - 1936
1598 - 1749
1754 - 1970
1597 - 1749
1755 - 1939
Baptisms Marriages Burials
1597 - 1813 1598 - 1820 1597 - 1812

Bishop's Transcripts

Microfilmed copies of BT's
1599 - 1806
Deposited at the National Library of Wales Microfilmed copies
1850 - 1876 1850 - 1876


Type of Record Years Covered I.G.I. Batch Number
Baptisms 1850 - 1876 C056741
Marriages None -
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Civil Registration

When Civil Registration was introduced (on 1 July 1837), the parish of Worthenbury was assigned to the No. 2 ("Malpas") sub-district of the Wrexham Registration District, which was co-extensive with the Wrexham poor law Union.

On 30 September 1896, the parish of Worthenbury was transferred to the No. 1 ("Overton") sub-district of Ellesmere Registration District.

In the GRO indexes to civil registration, entries for Worthenbury are in the format :

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

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Description and Travel

Willington Worthenbury - on wikipedia

Worthenbury photographs - on


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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