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"This parish, which is situated on the roads from Denbigh to Mold and Holywell, comprises a very considerable tract of good arable and pasture land, which is enclosed and cultivated; and a portion of hilly ground, which is too elevated for culture. .... The village, which is small, is seated on an eminence, commanding some finely varied and extensive prospects; and the surrounding scenery presents many interesting features.
Lead abounds in the parish, and several mines, which had been worked for many years with great advantage, have been recently discontinued, in consequence of the present low price of the metal. ....
On the high ground in this parish are the remains of a Roman encampment; and at Bryn Sion was found, in the year 1816, a very beautiful torque of pure gold, measuring fifty-two inches in length, and weighing twenty-four ounces; which was purchased by the Marquis of Westminster for three hundred guineas."
[ A Topographical Dictionary of Wales, S. Lewis, 1834]

Ysceifiog is one of the "ancient parishes" of Flintshire. It originally comprised the eight townships of Batingen, Garneddwen, Gellilyfdy, Pen Ucha'r Plwy, Prys (or Prysau), Trefraith, Tre'r Llan Isaf and Tre'r Llan Uchaf.
On 27 June 1848, parts of the townships of Garneddwen, Tre'r Llan Uchaf and Pen Ucha'r Plwy went to the new parish of Rhesycae.
On 19 August 1853, part of the township of Gellilyfdy went to the new parish of Gorsedd.
In 1854, parts of the townships of Pen Ucha'r Plwy and Prys went to the new parish of Brynford.


Church History

Ordnance Survey reference SJ 153714.
By 1835, the old church was in such a state of dilapidation that services had to be discontinued. The building was demolished, and a new church was erected on the same site during 1836 / 1837.
The church is dedicated to St. Mary.

The Clwyd FHS website has a photograph of the church.

St Mary's - 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 Ysceifiog :

Name of Chapel Denomination Number of "adherents"
Lixwm - Welsh Baptist 60
Babell Calvinistic Methodist 130
Berthen Gron, Lixwm Calvinistic Methodist 220
Ddol Calvinistic Methodist 95
Not named - Welsh Congregational Not stated
Fron - Welsh Wesleyan 40
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Church Records

Parish Registers

Baptisms Marriages Burials
1662 - 1996 1662 - 1960 1662 - 1910
Baptisms Marriages Burials
1662 - 1812 1662 - 1812 1662 - 1812

Bishop's Transcripts

Deposited at the National Library of Wales Microfilmed copies
1666 - 1841 None


Nonconformist Records

Name of Chapel Denomination Type of Record Years Covered I.G.I. Batch Number
Babell Calvinistic Methodist Births and Baptisms 1819 - 1836 C098251
Berthen Gron Calvinistic Methodist Births and Baptisms 1812 - 1837 C098261
Name of Chapel Denomination Type of Record Years Covered
Lixwm / Licswm Calvinistic Methodist Births and Baptisms 1807 - 1837
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Civil Registration

When Civil Registration was introduced (on 1 July 1837), the parish of Ysceifiog was assigned to the No. 2 ("Holywell") 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 Ysceifiog are found under:

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

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Description and Travel

Ysceifiog - on wikipedia

Ysceifiog 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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