"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.
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|
|Berthen Gron, Lixwm||Calvinistic Methodist||220|
|Not named - Welsh||Congregational||Not stated|
|Fron - Welsh||Wesleyan||40|
|1662 - 1996||1662 - 1960||1662 - 1910|
|1662 - 1812||1662 - 1812||1662 - 1812|
|Deposited at the National Library of Wales||Microfilmed copies|
|1666 - 1841||None|
|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|
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)
Ysceifiog - on wikipedia
Ysceifiog photographs - on geograph.org.uk
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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