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Yr Ystog / Churchstoke

'CHURCHSTOKE, a parish partly in the lower division of the hundred of CAWRSE, and partly in that of the hundred of MONTGOMERY, county of MONTGOMERY, NORTH WALES, and comprising the township of Brompton with Riston (which supports its poor separately from the rest of the parish), in the hundred of CHIRBURY, county of SALOP, ENGLAND, 4 miles (E. S. E.) from Montgomery, on the road from Welshpool, through Chirbury, to Bishop's Castle, and containing 1453 inhabitants. The village is situated near the confluence of the rivers Camlet and Ceibutrach, the former of which, after passing through the romantic dingle of Marrington, falls into the Severn near Forden. ...  The church, dedicated to St. Nicholas, and formerly dependent on the priory of Chirbury, is a plain neat edifice ..." [A Topographical Dictionary of Wales by Samuel Lewis, 1833]


Mountford, George     Churchstoke and its townships           Collections historical & archaeological relating to Montgomeryshire   Vol 40  1923   Welsh Journals Online

Mountford, George    The manor of Halcetor              Collections historical & archaeological relating to Montgomeryshire   Vol 42  1932   Welsh Journals Online  

Parish of Churchstoke: Churchstoke cemetary: memorial inscriptions. [S.1.] : Montgomeryshire Genealogical Society, 1999. 32p

Parish of Churchstoke: Parish Church of St.Nicholas, Churchstoke Wesleyan Methodist Chapel: Old churches to be Methodist ChapelVillage inscriptions, Coed Farm inscription, memorial inscriptions. [S.l.] : Montgomeryshire Genealogical Society, 2000. 108p

The perambulation of the boundaries of Churchstoke parish         Collections historical & archaeological relating to Montgomeryshire   Vol 34  1907   Welsh Journals Online

Willans, G B     The Biggs family of Churchstoke     Collections historical & archaeological relating to Montgomeryshire   Vol 43  1934   Welsh Journals Online  


Victorian Powys for schools site - Census figures for Churchstoke parish 1841-1901

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Yr Ystog / Churchstoke area or see them printed on a map.

Church History

See John Ball's site Welsh Churches and Chapels Collection for a photograph/data re St Nicholas's Church

Church and chapel data from The Religious census of 1851 : A Calendar of the returns relating to Wales, Vol 11, North Wales. Ed. by Ieuan Gwynedd Jones, UWP,   1981. The names given towards the end of each entry are those of the informants.

Churchstoke parish exc. that part in Salop - statistics; Area 8787 acres; Population 656 males, 627 females, total 1286

  • Churchstoke Parish Church              Diocese of Hereford              Attendance - morning 171 + 34 boys and 32 girls, afternoon 66 + 34 boys and 32 girls          Robert More White, Minister
  • Wesleyan Methodist, Churchstoke Village         Attendance - afternoon 30   "This return is for a house used as a place of worship"           Edward Watson, Wesleyan Minister, Welshpool
  • Pen y cwm, Bacheldre township, Primitive Methodist               Dwelling house                Attendance - afternoon 27        James Davies, Lay Preacher, Pentre, Churchstoke
  • Cwm, Bacheldre township, Primitive Methodist               Dwelling house     Attendance - evening 30              James Davies, Lay Preacher, Pentre, Churchstoke

Church of St Nicholas, Churchstoke on the Montgomeryshire Churches Survey site

Wesleyan churches on the Montgomeryshire Genealogical Society site - Churchstoke, Old Churchstoke Primitive Methodist

Church Records

Included townships of Brompton and Rhiston, Shropshire

As a guide only, the principal extant parochial church records for this parish span the dates shown below (as detailed in Parish Registers of Wales, NLW 2000) but exact current holdings should be confirmed with the individual Archives;

  • Baptisms 1558-1853; Marriages 1558-1812 ; Burials 1558-1812
    Parish Registers, or copies, for all or part of these dates are held at the Shropshire Archives  
    Bishops Transcripts for various periods are held at the Herefordshire Archives

Description and Travel

Churchstoke Community Council site

Historic Landscape Characterisation - Churchstoke on the Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust site

Stone Axes found at Corndon Hill, near Churchstoke - on the People's Collection Wales site

Church Stoke - on Wikipedia

You can see pictures of Yr Ystog / Churchstoke which are provided by:


Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Yr Ystog / Churchstoke has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.

Ask for a calculation of the distance from Yr Ystog / Churchstoke to another place.


Map of Montgomeryshire parishes on Montgomeryshire Genealogical Society's site - shows dioceses

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SO272940 (Lat/Lon: 52.538946, -3.074830), Yr Ystog / Churchstoke which are provided by:

Public Records

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

  • Churchstoke Parish Council records  1744-1929