(Esclusham Above)
"A township in the parish and Union of Wrexham, hundred of Bromfield, county of Denbigh; 3 miles (SW by W) from Wrexham. ..... This place takes the adjunct to its name from its situation with reference to that great work of the Saxons, called Offa's Dyke, which separates it from the township of Esclusham Below, and which is here in a tolerably perfect state. The township comprises a tract of elevated ground in the south-western part of the parish, and there are considerable coal mines within its limits."

(Esclusham Below)
"A parish in the parish and Union of Wrexham, hundred of Bromfield, county of Denbigh; 2 miles (SW) from Wrexham."
[ A Topographical Dictionary of Wales, 1833 & 1849, Samuel Lewis]

The new parish of Esclusham was formed in 1879, by an Order in Council, from the townships of Erddig, Esclusham Below, and a portion of Esclusham Above. (where Above and Below refer to Offa's Dyke).


Church History

Ordnance Survey reference SJ 315486.
The foundation of the new Church was laid on 24 October 1876.
The Church was consecrated on 12 September 1877, in the name of the Holy Trinity.

The Clwyd FHS website has a photograph of the church.

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 Esclusham :

Name of ChapelDenominationNumber of "adherents"
TabernacleCalvinistic Methodists (English language)400
Not namedPrimitive Methodists (English language)35

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.
1879 - 19521880 - 19711879 - 1952

Bishop's Transcripts

  • No Bishop's Transcripts have been deposited for Holy Trinity, Esclusham.


  • There are no official I.G.I. entries for Holy Trinity, Esclusham.

Civil Registration

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

In the GRO indexes to civil registration, entries for Esclusham 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

Esclusham - on wikipedia

Esclusham Mountain - on wikipedia

Various landscapes  - on the People's Collection Wales site

You can see pictures of Esclusham which are provided by:



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



Pre-English law conveyance of land, 1258 - on the People's Collection Wales site



Various maps  - on the People's Collection Wales site

  • Map of the township of Eclusham Below in the parish of Wrexham and County of Denbigh
  • Map of the township of Eclusham Above in the parish of Wrexham and County of Denbigh

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SJ315486 (Lat/Lon: 53.030279, -3.022856), Esclusham which are provided by:



  • In 1831- this was not a separate parish.
  • In 1901- the population was 1982.
    [ Royal Commission on the Welsh Church - October 1907]


  • Archdeacon Thomas gives the area of the parish as 3039 acres.
    [ The History of the Diocese of St. Asaph , 1908-1913, Ven. D.R. Thomas]