"A township in the parish and Union of Wrexham, hundred of Bromfield, county of Denbigh; containing, in 1841, 1449 inhabitants. ..... This township and its vicinity abound with rich and extensive mines of coal, lead, and iron ore, &c., and various establishments, on a very large scale, have for a considerable number of years been employed in working them. .....
That remarkable monument of Saxon industry, Clawdd Offa, or Offa's Dyke, passes through this township, crossing near Brymbo Hall, where it has been levelled for the formation of rail-roads in connexion with the collieries and iron-works: in levelling a portion of it, a great quantity of the bones of horses, in a state of excellent preservation, and horse-shoes of rude workmanship, were found." [A Topographical Dictionary of Wales, 1833 & 1849, Samuel Lewis]

The new parish of Broughton was formed by an Order in Council on 15 February 1909, from part of the township of Broughton, which since 1844 had been in the parish of Brymbo. On 7 May 1921, a small part of the south of the parish went to the new parish of Southsea.



  • Bagshaw, John.    Broughton then and now    Wrexham : Bridge Books, 1992.
  • Bagshaw, John.   A peep into the past with the Broughton and District Local History Group [Broughton and District Local History Group], 1987.
  • Booth, John.    Broughton bred    Wrexham : John Booth, 1996.
  • Chaloner, Joan.   Broughton and neighbouring villages     Brynteg : Broughton & District Local History Society, 1995.

Church History

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.

Broughton Township within Wrexham Parish, Statistics; Area 1183 acres; Population 1037 males, 965 females, total 2002

  • Berse Drelincourt Chapel of Ease         Erected before 1800                      "General congregation averages 200...."     Services in English       Robert Owen Burton, Incumbent
  • Methodist New Connexion        Erected c 1830           Attendance - afternoon 26, evening 29      Thomas Rosit
  • Caersalem, Calvinistic Methodist           Erected 1839              Attendance - morning 129 scholars, afternoon 150, evening 67            James Fromers, Deacon, Groser
  • Mount Zion, Moss. Wesleyan Methodist               Erected 1816, re-erected 1849               Attendance - afternoon 76 + 47 scholars, evening 121 + 39 scholars              Edward Davies, Superintendant, Brymbo Offices
  • Baptist, Moss Valley              Erected 1810                 Attendance - morning 30 scholars, afternoon 60, evening 42               Owen Owen, Baptist Minister
  • Moriah, Pentref, Wesleyan methodist Association                Erected 1835          Attendance - morning 122 scholars, afternoon 142, evening 154        William Jones, Minister, Harwood

Ordnance Survey reference SJ 306533.
The foundation stone of the church, which is dedicated to St. Paul, was laid on 12 November 1888. The first service was held on Monday, 29 July 1889, although the church was not officially licensed for worship until 16 November 1889 - and almost twenty years passed before it was consecrated, on 3 January 1909.

The Clwyd FHS website has a photograph of St. Paul's.

A new Mission Church, St. Peter's, at Brynteg (SJ 308523), was dedicated by the Bishop of St. Asaph on 1 May 1895.
The church was consecrated on 3 January 1909.

The Clwyd FHS website has a photograph of St. Peter's.

Nonconformist Churches

"Welsh Church Commission - County of Denbigh - The Statistics of the Nonconformist Churches for 1905" lists the following nonconformist places of worship in the Civil parish of Broughton :

Name of ChapelDenominationNumber of "adherents"
Moriah, New BroughtonBaptists30
Salem Newydd (or Moss)Baptists269
BlacklaneCalvinistic Methodists (English language)230
Caersalem, Pentre CerneyCalvinistic Methodists180
CerneyCalvinistic Methodists140
Cyssegr,New BroughtonCalvinistic Methodists150
Berea, New BroughtonCongregationalists60
Bethesda, Bryn TegCongregationalists171
Bryn SeionCongregationalists200
MossCongregationalists (English language)47
Bethel, Old MountWesleyans500
Brake (or Moss)Wesleyans (English language)312
Soar, New BroughtonWesleyans229
Moriah, Blacklane (Welsh)United Methodist Free Church78
LodgePrimitive Methodists (English language)70
Zion, BryntegPrimitive Methodists (English language)300
CerneyFree Gospellers (English language)200

Church Records

Parish Registers

  • The following Parish Registers have been deposited at the Denbighshire Record Office, Ruthin.
    They may be viewed on microfilm at the Denbighshire and Flintshire Record Offices, at the A.N. Palmer Library, Wrexham, and at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth.
    These microfilms are not available elsewhere.
1890 - 19251909 - 19541889 - 1927

Bishop's Transcripts

  • There are no Bishop's Transcripts for St. Paul's, Broughton.


  • There are no official I.G.I. entries for St. Paul's, Broughton.

Civil Registration

Having been formed from townships of the parish of Wrexham, the parish of Broughton was assigned to the Wrexham Registration District.

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

  • Years 1837 - 1851: Wrexham XXVII. nnn
  • Years 1851 - 1930: Wrexham 11b. nnn

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


Description & Travel

Broughton - on wikipedia

Pentre Broughton - on wikipedia

You can see pictures of Broughton which are provided by:



The transcription of the section for this parish from the National Gazetteer (1868), provided by Colin Hinson.



"North-East Wales Churches and Ancient Parish Boundaries" produced by Clwyd Record Office in 1994, published by Genuki with the permission of Flintshire Record Office and Denbighshire Archives

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SJ306533 (Lat/Lon: 53.072405, -3.037288), Broughton which are provided by:



  • Archdeacon Thomas gives the population of the parish as 5036.
    [ The History of the Diocese of St. Asaph , 1908-1913, Ven. D.R. Thomas]


  • Archdeacon Thomas estimates the area of the parish as 499 acres.
    [ The History of the Diocese of St. Asaph , 1908-1913, Ven. D.R. Thomas]